Forum Post: Move to Amend
Posted 11 years ago on Nov. 1, 2011, 7:38 p.m. EST by LetsGetReal
from Grants, NM
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I found this organization which may be good. It is focused solely on a Constitutional amendment to establish that money is not speech, and that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights.
Human Rights Amendment
Section 1 In all instances wherein the words "person," persons," and "people" appear in this constitution, such words shall be construed to define living human beings only.
Section 2 "Money" is defined only as legal tender for the purpose of settling all debts, public and private. Congress shall make no law recognizing the free flow of money as an expression of speech of any kind, or as an expression of any of the rights enumerated in this constitution.
Section 3 Congress shall have power to enforce this article and to regulate federal elections by appropriate legislation.
http://unitedrepublic.org/amendments-guide/ (16 Different Amendments are shown on this Website)
Here is a nice Rant from Dylan Ratigan that captures the issue in another way:
Great to see so many organizations with a similar goal.
Yeah, nice rant.
pls send one ngo male-female couple to india in bombay at my home dr kamran khan cell 00919890414448 to boost this public cause from india i shall bear their all expenses in india and will provide them all facilities and security etc
I'm glad to see a fellow OWS contributor in Bombay, I thought I was the only one on the OWS payroll here in Bombay.
End corporate person-hood. Time for #OWS to make this an objective.
Yes, I saw that. I think the language of the proposed amendment is pretty weak though. Here are some possible other versions of amendments:
If corporations are not entitled to constitutional rights, that is a step toward tyranny.
That means any governmental organization can raid any business at any time for any reason without a search warrant. No business would have any 4th Amendment rights.
That would also infringe on the ability of all the employees of that business to earn their livings.
The abuses that could be levied by government are vast and wide. Beyond just their 4th Amendment protections.
You can't deny corporate entities any rights. You also can't pick and choose what rights a corporate entity is entitled.
That is moving toward tyranny, not progress.
I disagree. The state can still give legal entities protections without those rising to the level of Constitutional rights. Corporations are legal fictions which are allowed by the state and are given by law certain privileges, (limited liability, perpetual existence) which people do not have.
In the unlikely event that government might decide to randomly raid businesses, corporations may choose to dissolve.
Without constitutional rights, any entity (and individual citizens) would be subject to fleeting political whims of temporary lawmakers.
That is not a system which would guarantee any modicum of social stability. Nevermind robbing the populace of creating an environment where people can engage in "the pursuit of happiness".
Without stability, there is no pursuit of happiness.