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I'm not a lawyer.  In no way am I qualified to work out exactly how the wording should be.

But it's past time we pushed a Constitutional Amendment that would define people, individual, person, and all other legal terms for person to be limited to homo sapiens and that all other entities have no rights whatsoever except those specifically granted to them by law.  And that any such law must be interpreted in the narrowest possible sense.

Or something.

Thoughts?

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  •  Or make all "persons" (2+ / 0-)
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    koseighty, BlackSheep1

    not only eligible for the same rights, but responsible to the same responsibilities, penalties, and punishments under the law.

  •  It's pretty clear: "people" means "money". (1+ / 0-)
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    koseighty

    It's pretty clear: "people" means "money".

  •  Defining ‘people’… (2+ / 0-)
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    koseighty, BlackSheep1

    I don’t think it’s all that complicated.  Consider this.  Dogs come from other dogs, specifically a female dog.  Horses come from mares.   Sheep come from ewes.  Ducks never come from cows. Birds never come from groundhogs.  Got it so far?  OK.  Here comes the easy part.  
    People come from other people, specifically from a woman’s womb.  Corporations, on the other hand, come from a lawyer’s office.  Just as a cat cannot produce a turtle, a lawyer’s office cannot produce a person, regardless of what it says in the fine print.  If it doesn’t come from a woman’s womb, then it can’t be a ‘person’.

    I am reminded of a story that is told about Abraham Lincoln, when he was confronted by a similar question.  The President was asked how many legs a sheep has.  Lincoln responded, “A sheep has four legs.”  The questioner continued, “But what if we call the tail a leg?  How many legs does the sheep have then?”  Lincoln answered, “The sheep still has four legs, because calling the tail a leg doesn’t actually make it one.”  So too, you can call a corporation a ‘person’, but that doesn’t actually make it one.

  •  In addition to defining a person so personhood (1+ / 0-)
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    koseighty

    is not conferred at conception, I prefer the wording "granted to them by the people."   Let the people decide through Amendments what rights they want to confer on a legal entity instead of easily corrupted politicians.

    Robber Baron "ReTHUGisms": John D. Rockefeller -"The way to make money is to buy when blood is running in the streets"; Jay Gould -"I can hire one half of the working class to kill the other half."

    by ranton on Tue Jul 01, 2014 at 02:42:30 PM PDT

  •  I would far rather see some animals I know (2+ / 0-)
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    koseighty, Piren

    receive rights (life, liberty & the pursuit of happiness as well as medical care and defense against exploitive corporations) than most of the legal entities currently being handed overlord-status by the SCOTUS.

    LBJ, Van Cliburn, Ike, Wendy Davis, Lady Bird, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

    by BlackSheep1 on Tue Jul 01, 2014 at 03:21:40 PM PDT

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