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Late Late Night FDL: We The People, Solemnly

FireDogLake readers davedwards1 and oregondaveWe The People Solemnly.

Oregondave sent me the video with this note:

My music friend, Dave Edwards, was inspired on King’s birthday – right after the SCOTUS Citizens United decision – to write this song tracing the historical background of the corporate personhood debacle, and registering a ringing protest of same. He plays his banjo, and asked me to backup on cello (that’s me on cello). I was honored to do so, as I believe this court ruling, if left to stand, will turn out to be one of the most significantly damaging ones in our time.

I told Dave he had channelled Pete Seeger . . .

Davedwards1 says this about writing the song:

A few railroad lawyers got together after the Civil War, conspired to get two elected to congress where they both sat on the joint committee to write the 14th amendment freeing the slaves and argued for revising the traditional language of natural persons and artificial persons to be “persons.” This land mine could then later be used in court to steal human rights from “We the People.”.  On MLK b’day,  these words came streaming into my head – I feel from the collective divine creative.

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I am a host of Late Late Night FDL music and cartoon posts in addition to spending most evenings behind the FDL backstage curtain flipping levers. Used to be a practicing heterosexual but now it appears that I am just a consultant. Avid reader since teaching myself how to read when four. Navy brat and first born so always thinking of the consequences. Double Irish so I usually got caught. Turned my misspent youth around and became that scary thing in your rear view mirror. Retired from the Fremont (California) Police Department after 24 years of sworn and non-sworn duties, including Patrol and the Crimes Against Persons Unit. Currently living on the North Oregon Coast with Token, cutest dog in the world (10 lb category), where I enjoy taking non-crime scene photographs, writing at my own blog, TwoTonGreenBlog, and working backstage at Firedoglake.