We the people who ordain and establish this Constitution intend the rights protected by this Constitution to be the rights of natural persons.
Prof. Reynolds wants to respond with a “Tar and Feather” Amendment. I disagree. The PRA will do a tremendous amount of good…with the right tweak.
Rep. McGovern just needs to be disabused of the delusion that “people” and “state” are synonymous. Strange, isn’t it? He sees the difference between “natural persons” and “corporations, limited liability companies or other corporate entities”…then confuses people with abstract governments and Congress and the States. How to best sum up this blind spot?
Wait, the name is “Jim”, not “Jane”, right? Congressman McGovern: I apologize for getting your name wrong. Apart from the curious omission, I agree entirely with your philosophy.
We can’t actually implement it, of course. Not without rewriting the very Constitution. But I’m down with it, since that chore has needed doing since the 1930’s. We’ll definitely improve the Constitution 2.0 by stipulating that only individual human beings have rights. We’ll state plainly that nothing else does, not associations nor corporations nor governments. Those things are merely tools designed to serve real people, and have no more “rights” than does a car or a spreadsheet or a gun.
Nice start, Jim! You are correct: tools do not have rights. Now you just need to realize that the States and Congress and U.S. Federal Government are nothing but a bunch of tools.