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Letter: Corporations are not people

In her reply to constituents who ask her to support a constitutional amendment to declare that corporations are not people and do not have the rights given to persons in the Constitution and its Bill of Rights, Sen. Kelly Ayotte says, “While I appreciate your writing to express your concerns about the Citizens United decision, I believe that First Amendment rights must be vigorously defended and not abridged.”

Ayotte is a lawyer, and was appointed New Hampshire attorney general by Gov. Craig Benson.

I would guess that she is not a constitutional scholar, nor has she apparently read the writings of our founders, or she would recognize and strongly support their concerns about the power of corporations. Our founders did not intend that corporations should have First Amendment rights to free speech, nor the equal protection of the law that those who made the 14th amendment possible intended for people.

Corporations are not people. They are creations of the state, for specific purposes, and we the people are supposed, through our elected officials, to control them. We have allowed them to run wild, and to corrupt our government, and to put their profits before our general welfare, that general welfare that is a purpose of our Constitution.

I would also remind the senator that individuals who are affiliated with corporations are people and may individually express their freedom of speech and that when money equals speech, freedom of speech for the vast majority is being suppressed due to the inequity of wealth distribution.



Legacy Comments3

As someone said, I will believe corporations are people when Texas executes one.

First things first. Rick Perry will find a way to grant them the right to vote before any talk of giving one the lethal injection. And watch this space: it should only be a matter of a few more hours until somebody makes a totally erroneous reference to the not-on-case Dartmouth & Santa Clara decisions.

Write On, Lucy. There was no such thing as a corporation when our constitution was enacted. And the first ones had very limited and specific powers.

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