Saturday, January 23, 2010

The Definition Of Persons Amendment.

Here is the line in the sand where we should fight. Until it is made crystal clear in a new amendment to the Constitution, courts will continue to use the precedents which started in the 19th Century that gave corporations the rights of persons enumerated in the 14th Amendment that was designed to give citizenship to former slaves. The case that set this awful precedent was Santa Clara County vs. Southern Pacific Railroad, passed unanimously by the Supreme Court in 1886. It is nowhere near as famous, but it should be reviled every bit as much as Dred Scott or Plessy v. Ferguson.

If the battle were left vs. right or Democratic vs. Republican, there would be no chance to move forward, but this issue cuts across ideological and party lines. Both Olympia Snowe and John McCain decried the latest Supreme Court decision, and Main Street vs. Wall Street populism is found not only in Kucinich supporters but Ron Paul supporters and the Tea Party protesters.

The corporations will fight like hell to stop this. We should fully expect this. But even if it fails, make every member of Congress go on record, either as a friend of the people of the United States or a corporate whore.

Take the battle to them. It's the only way forward.

Also posted at The Smirking Chimp.


Mauigirl said...

Couldn't agree more. In fact, I think we need a new Constitutional Convention because Congress has become nothing like what the founding fathers had expected it to be. We need to make a lot of changes to get this country back on track.

Distributorcap said...

the chipping away at the democracy received an axe blow this week - maui is right - i do believe the constitution needs to be completely rewritten - which of course will mean the end of the US

which for me right now - i dont see a downside.

we are country only in name, not in any way as a people

Matty Boy said...

I found two groups on Facebook in favor of a new constitutional amendment. You can out abut them over at my Smirking Chimp post.

I also shortened my wording a little bit to make it fit on Twitter, for all you tweeters out there.

A corporation is a legal construct and does not enjoy the rights and privileges of a person as enumerated in the United States Constitution.