The Constitutional Amendment to Reverse Citizens United - Page 2
So now the First Amendment applies to corporations. Spending is speech. And corporations are free to spend whatever they want and to keep this spending a secret. This is true even if the spending is to influence government to give them an unfair advantage over other, actual citizens. Or even over another actual corporation. The current House of Representatives—in the way it entirely ignores the will of large majorities of citizens—is the end product of corporate ownership.
The richest corporations get to use government to dominate people. And even to dominate less powerful corporations. They own law-making. They bought it. But it isn’t democracy if you can buy it, now is it?
The real fix
So our fundamental concern is not campaign finance, but the idea that corporations are people. This ugly wart on logic and law will continue to revisit us until it is excised. What is needed is a straightforward constitutional amendment to clarify personhood. Something like:
- A human person is a living, breathing, and born human of human biology and having the ability to act and reason as an individual, corporeal being.
- Only a human person who meets other requirements for citizenship is eligible to be a citizen of the United States of America.
- Any other entity, corporation or legal construct may be granted limited representational rights to due process and tort claim in the disposition of contractual obligations, but shall enjoy no right or privilege of citizenship. Entities not meeting the requirement of sections one and two above are non-persons.
- Granting of representational rights or obligations to non-persons shall be made in specific law passed in accordance with Article One of this Constitution. No other right shall be inferred or derived.
By clearly establishing that corporations are not people, actual people can reestablish the original form and nature of our democracy. It is this generation’s most important job.