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  •  Interesting take. IANAL so lemme ask a few (0+ / 0-)

    questions:

    *If this Amendment specifies that no Constitutional rights apply to corporations, how does that fail?  Doesn't the text of this Amendment exclude corporations from claiming any protection under The Bill Of Rights?  

    This is really important because corporations must be stripped of all claims to such rights, such as 2nd Amendment rights to bear weapons, 4th Amendment privacy claims, 5th Amendment protections against self-incrimination, etc.  I understand that the way the First is worded presents opportunity for bypass, so here's my follow-up:

    *Can't we specify that only natural persons can speak, and the equivalent action of any legal construct is not speech but advertising, subject to regulation under the Commerce Clause?   Does this Amendment need to specify that Money Is Not Speech in order to achieve this?

    The rich are eating the world. The Republicans are their teeth. The Democrats are dentists who refuse to pull those teeth because they are so beautiful and sharp.

    by Leftcandid on Thu Nov 17, 2011 at 06:42:59 PM PST

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    •  This is a religious nation. (0+ / 0-)

      You'll never, ever, pass anything that gives Congress the power to prevent churches from buying bibles, which is exactly what this amendment would do.

      It's such a far-fetched, zany amendment that anyone w/ a modicum of intelligence - or shame - would have dismissed it on a minute of reading.

    •  Specify that only natural persons can speak? (0+ / 0-)

      I'm not sure what you mean by that, but we surely don't want to prevent businesses and charities and such from "speaking". Commercial speech has always been treated differently from public issues -- an entirely different line of caselaw -- but businesses ought to be able to to make both kinds of speech.

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      by FischFry on Fri Nov 18, 2011 at 03:40:07 PM PST

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