Corporate person hood; America’s massive thorn in her back

You may or may not be aware of today’s subject; corporate person hood (cph) and what it means to you as an American. We can all agree that corporations should have some limited rights. Like the ability to hold property, enter contracts, to sue and be sued just like a human being, and full 4th, 6th, and 7th amendment rights. Beyond that, it is ludicrous to give them more than that. Certainly not the right to lean upon the 14th amendment which was intended on giving freedom to black slaves and nothing else!

While the concept of cph as we know them today derive from an 1886 Supreme Court case called “Southern Railroad v Santa Clara County, California I want to give a little history lesson up to the time of that case to give clarity as to why the concept of cph was an underhanded slap in the face to every black man, woman, and child through to today and why we need to end this vile practice once and for all.

Once upon a time a corporation was given charter for specific projects by state legislatures. For example, ABC Corp is “chartered” by Illinois to build a series of bridges across the Rock River. Once done, the corporation was either dissolved and profits paid out or given a new charter for another project, etc.

The first salvo for corporations gaining extra person hood rights began with the Dartmouth v Woodward (1819) which stated that once a corporation is given charter by a state government, said state government cannot alter it in any way regardless of potential wrong doing by said corporation. Before this ruling if a corporation did something that went against its original charter, a state legislature could disband that corporation or replace those who ran it.
The Dred Scott v Sanford (1859) ruling officially made all slaves property. At this point in time, corporations had more rights than certain actual living breathing human beings. And yes, corporations that owned slaves could continue to own them.

The 14th amendment grants blacks full freedom with the words: “All <> born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

Despite the best efforts of corporate lawyers, the Supreme Court ruled that Paul v Virginia (1868), Slaughterhouse cases (1873), Minor v. Happersett (1874) and Munn v Illinois either strengthened the notion that corporations were not people beyond that they had already been given to that point or didn’t allow corporate rights to expand further.

In 1886 in the Southern Railroad case a court reporter by the name of JP Bancroft Jr, who had been senior management for Southern Railroad prior to his stint at the Supreme Court wrote in the margins of the Southern Railroad case ruling a personal opinion that corporations were people. This “opinion” was not legally binding in any way. It was not a part of the ruling, which was about property tax levies not being the same among the many counties within California. It was a ruling that had not even touched on the idea of person hood in any way. And yet the concept of cph has been argued for ever since to the tune of 288 court cases just from 1890 to 1920 alone. Culminating in several court cases I mentioned last month in my column on money equaling speech.

Instead of going further with the history lesson, I offer the following link for further research by those of you who care that will give you a laundry list of court cases that expanded corporate person hood into the realm of religion and full 1st amendment rights: and will now go into what this all means for us as actual living breathing human beings and what we can do about it.

Understand that we can put a stop to all this corporate person hood madness by doing one simple thing: by amending the 14th amendment and place the word “natural” in front of the word “person”. It has been long and well established that corporations are “born” only with a state government charter. Without much doubt a corporate charter is not a natural birth. By adding that single word to the 14th amendment we could stop cold and reverse over 120 years of stolen rights that belong to We, the Natural born People of America!

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