The People’s Rights Amendment Introduced To Congress
“The Constitution was never intended to give corporations the same rights as the American people. Corporations don’t breathe; they don’t have kids; they don’t die in wars.The Preamble to the Constitution is ‘We the people,’ not ‘We the corporations.'”
This statement was made by U.S. Representative James McGovern as he introduced H.J. Res 88, the People’s Rights Amendment on Friday.
“In upholding the rights of corporations to donate to political campaigns under the First Amendment, the Supreme Court created an election system that is now corrupted by limitless, unregulated donations. Ordinary citizens are left powerless, and politicians are increasingly beholden to wealthy special interests,” McGovern said, explaining the need for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to clarify that human beings, not corporations, have constitutional rights.
The People’s Rights Amendment reads:
“SECTION 1. We the people who ordain and establish this Constitution intend the rights protected by this Constitution to be the rights of natural persons.
SECTION 2. The words people, person, or citizen as used in this Constitution do not include corporations, limited liability companies or other corporate entities established by the laws of any State, the United States, or any foreign state, and such corporate entities are subject to such regulation as the people, through their elected State and Federal representatives, deem reasonable and are otherwise consistent with the powers of Congress and the States under this Constitution.
SECTION 3. Nothing contained herein shall be construed to limit the people’s rights of freedom of speech, freedom of the press, free exercise of religion, freedom of association and all such other rights of the people, which rights are unalienable.”
Also supporting this proposed constitutional amendment are U.S. Representatives Stephen Lynch, Steven Cohen, Jim Langevin, Peter Defazio, Bill Keating, Mark Takano, Peter Welch, Chellie Pingree, Michael Capuano, Jim Cooper, Raul Grijalva and David Loebsack.