We have a unique opportunity in the coming election. Ballot question 2H will push forward an initiative supporting changes to the U.S. Constitution. We will be asserting that corporations are not people and do not have the rights granted to living breathing humans. We also seek to reverse Supreme Court decisions that assert that the use of money in influencing elections is equivalent to protected speech. We need to say NO to “corporate personhood!”
Thomas Jefferson was concerned with corporations gaining too much power when he pointed out, “the selfish spirit of commerce that knows no country, and feels no passion or principle but only that of gain.” Abe Lincoln showed similar fear and wrote, “I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. . . . Corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed.”
Corporations have been nudging, cajoling and bribing their way into gaining more and more power in our democracy for 200 years. In 1886, a single judge opened a case with the remark that the 14th amendment applied to the Southern Pacific Railroad, effectively treating it as a person. Two sentences uttered by that judge have led to hundreds of decisions giving corporations more and more rights that previously only humans had. Now corporations can dump tremendous amounts of money into elections, far more than the humans. They can lie, cheat, steal and get away with murder.
This has to stop. We have an opportunity to be part of a movement to change the US Constitution and restrict corporations to doing only socially and economically useful tasks and not capturing our democracy.
Vote YES on 2H.