Target: Chief Justice John G Roberts, Jr.
Goal: Establish that corporations do not have the same rights as human beings.
Corporate personhood has two categories. The first category allows a corporation to engage in legal actions like entering contracts, starting a business, suing and being sued. This concept is one that the general public accepts. However, what has become deplorable is the second concept of corporate personhood. This allows corporations to enjoy constitutional rights that belong to human beings, like free speech. What is also astonishing is how this concept of corporate personhood is not mentioned in the Constitution or the Declaration of Independence. This concept was made possible by several rulings of the Supreme Court, notably the ruling in Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission.
Now what have these various rulings allowed corporations to do? The Supreme Court has prohibited routine inspections of corporate property unless there is a warrant. This allows the corporation to hide any threats to the general public. It has also made the general public ignorant about what is in our food, because the Supreme Court struck down laws that require companies to disclose a product’s origin. Small businesses also cannot protect themselves from large corporations. If a corporation has harmed a person with their product or conduct, the leaders or CEOs of the corporation cannot be sued, it is the fictitious corporation that takes the blame.
Mega corporations have also influenced our elections, where a small number of the elite and wealthy donate to candidates who corporations believe will help them with their profits. Whereas the average American citizen donates $30-$100 to a candidate, a corporation can donate hundreds to thousands of dollars. These rights, which should belong to human beings only, are enabling corporations to encroach upon our government and influence our nation in disastrous ways.
If you believe that rights such as freedom of speech, privacy and freedom of assembly should belong to human beings and not corporations, sign the petition.
Dear Chief Justice John G Roberts Jr.,
I wish to inform you of my stance on corporate personhood, which is to say that corporations should not have the same rights as a human being. A corporation is fictitious in the sense that it is something made up by the leaders; it is a name and should not have the rights to privacy, freedom of speech and any other rights that belong solely to human beings. By allowing the concept of corporate personhood to continue, you are harming ordinary American citizens who do not have the wealth of these mega corporations.
I implore you to amend the ruling in Citizens United vs Federal Election Commission, where corporations were entitled to be people. I firmly believe that human beings – not corporations – should be the ones who have constitutional rights. Corporate personhood such as this was never endorsed in the Constitution, nor was it stated in the Declaration of Independence.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Public Citizen via Flickr