Letter: Constitutional rights are for people, not corporations
House Concurrent Resolution 2 will be coming up for a vote in the New Hampshire House soon. This resolution requests our representatives in Congress to start the process for a constitutional amendment that says that human beings, not corporations, are entitled to the constitutional rights that are granted to “persons.”
Are corporations persons? Is money speech? If corporations are persons and money equals speech, who decides what speech the money buys?
The rationale behind corporate personhood and therefore the right of corporations to “speak” in our election campaigns is that corporations are made up of people. So do all the people who make up the corporation decide what words the corporation’s money will buy? Is it just the investors, the shareholders? Is it the management? Is it the workers?
If only one group of people who make up the corporation get to decide what is said, is the corporation still a person?
Or is it more than one person, and do the other persons get to spend money as well as to speak?
Sorry to ask so many questions, but I can’t get my head around how a corporation can be a person and get all the constitutional rights of human beings, who are born and die, love and marry, have children and even get executed in Texas.(It’s a joke: I’ll believe corporations are people when Texas executes one). When will corporations get to vote? Then we can ask the same sort of questions.
Ask your representatives to vote Yes on HCR2.