To the Editor,
If the language of ballot issue 2H were ever to become law, it would be an unmitigated disaster. The referendum proposes that the U.S. Constitution be amended to provide, “Only human beings, not corporations, are entitled to constitutional rights.” There are two problems with this language. First, although the intent of the referendum is to address the issue of free speech, there are other constitutional rights that would be affected by that language, most notably the Fourth Amendment’s protection against unreasonable search and seizure. Second, if only human beings have constitutional rights, that would exclude not only for profit corporations, but also cities (which are municipal corporations), schools, colleges, hospitals, battered women’s shelters, homeless shelters, even marijuana dispensaries. Under the language of 2H, all of these would lose their protection against unreasonable search and seizure. Playing around with the Constitution without thinking through all the ramifications of the proposed language is a dangerous thing. I am voting no.