On the historic occasion of Independence Day and Juneteenth, 2014, with honor and deep respect for the U.S. Constitution, the Gettysburg Address, the Abolition of Slavery, the Equal Rights of all Persons, and the Planet of our birth which has nurtured life and beauty for so long, here is submitted a statement of truth bearing importantly on the evolution and development of government that is of, by, and for the people. May we today be equal to the great task now before us of ensuring that that government shall not perish from the earth. And may we also, and thereby, become equal to what is likely the most dangerous challenge that humankind has ever faced thus far during our entire existence on Earth – a challenge that we ourselves have created, through technology and civilization – the consequences of our own cleverness and industry.
DECLARATION of INDEPENDENCE from CORPORATE RULE
The United States government was established as a constitutional democratic republic, by revolution against an aristocracy. A democratic republic is a national government in which the people are sovereign and each person has equal, inherent, unalienable rights. The sovereignty of the people over things properly in our jurisdiction, including our own government, is exercised within parameters that are described by the Constitution. It wasn’t perfect, but it was a good start.
The U.S. Constitution clearly left the definition, status, and regulation of artificial legal entities such as corporations, entirely to the Congress and to the several states. Corporations are thus subservient to the Congress and the states, which in turn are subject to the Constitution and to the sovereign power of the people. Careful, rigorous examination * reveals that there can be no doubt that the U.S. Constitution itself establishes that a corporation is NOT a “Person”, as that word is used throughout the Constitution, and that a corporation most certainly does not have any of the unalienable rights of a person, some (but not all) of which are specifically outlined in the U.S. Constitution. It is incumbent on us to say, with authority – that the legal doctrine that corporations have the Constitutional rights of a person, is without foundation; that it is absolutely unjustified and unjustifiable; that it is false, wrong, and corrupt; that it strips the people of our sovereignty, of our rights, and of democracy itself; that it threatens our lives, our future, and the ability of our planet to continue to sustain life as we know it.
Beginning in the 19th century, and continuing through the present, corporate power, aided by a corrupt and continuing judicial coup d’etat, has increasingly usurped the sovereignty and the unalienable rights of the people, as well as the most critically important responsibilities and prerogatives of government, and has outrageously and routinely violated the rights of the people.
Huge private corporations have been writing laws and regulations, exercising police and war powers; and taking over and operating prisons, public education, and governing and regulating authorities.
Corporations have been replacing trial by jury with private tribunals, keeping and bearing arms against the people, and preventing government from protecting the public health, welfare, and safety.
They have violated and suppressed the free exercise of the unalienable rights of free persons.
They have disrupted and distracted the deliberations and responsibilities of public officials including judges, law officers, legislators, and administrators; and thoroughly corrupted the means and the ends of democracy, including political parties and the election process itself.
This long train of abuses and usurpations has resulted in control of both permitted political parties, and all three branches of government, both state and federal, (as well as the mass media), to be now in the exclusive grasp of corporations and the super-rich. The people do not now exercise sovereign power in the United States of America. And the unalienable rights of a person have been compromised, abrogated, denied, and distributed instead to corporate power.
For this reason, we are unable to properly care for our families, ourselves, our planet, and our future, while living in justice and peace with other people and in harmony with life as we know it on Earth. We the people are severely and increasingly demeaned, threatened, and impoverished by the unbridled exercise of corporate power and extreme accumulated wealth.
The flaw in this instance is not in our Constitution, which itself clearly establishes that the people are sovereign, and that only living, breathing human beings possess Constitutional rights. But we the people must have a Constitutional Amendment that will end this now intolerable judicial coup d’etat.
CORPORATIONS DO NOT HAVE THE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS OF A PERSON!