One the greatest and worst travesties of a change to the Constitution is the 14th amendment. In it, it applied the Constitution to the people of the United States and truly centralized power. This created for the first the American Citizenry. And under that rule, corporations now claim special rights. But, as Christian reminds us, they want the protections and rights afforded under that amendment, but not the responsibilities. In a very small part of his over all post – read it – he writes,
In 1886, the US Supreme Court ruled, in Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific Railroad, that corporations were recognized as persons under the 14th Amendment. Since then, corporate personhood has expanded to include 1st Amendment rights to free speech (i.e. Citizens United). For the first time in our history, an inanimate object can now contribute unlimited amounts of money to the political process to influence things that impact you, me, the orphan and the widow.
Yet asking them to pay taxes is somehow unfair.
I have more change in my pocket right now than companies like Bank of America, and 2/3 of corporations in Wisconsin, paid in taxes last year.
Now, the question is, is Christian correct and on his port – and maybe we should, while repealing the 17th amendment go ahead and repeal the 14th too?
- Stephen Herrington: Citizens United May Prohibit Union Busting by States (huffingtonpost.com)
- Corporations Are People But Women Aren’t According To Scalia (alan.com)
- New 14TH Amendment challenges (politics.ie)
- Resolution Calling to Amend the Constitution Banning Corporate Personhood Introduced in Vermont (alternet.org)