So, this proposal has been making the rounds on Facebook. It consists of three parts:
- Firmly establish that money is not speech, and that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights.
- Guarantee the right to vote and to participate, and to have our vote and participation count.
- Protect local communities, their economies, and democracies against illegitimate "preemption" actions by global, national, and state governments.
What's not to like?
But, to me, it's unnecessarily complicated. There are about nineteen different concepts floating around in there, which for my simple mind are about eighteen too many.
Here's my counterproposal. It is exactly one sentence long:
- The terms 'person', 'persons', or 'people' as used in the Constitution of the United States and all of its amendments shall be considered to refer only to natural human persons
How simple is that?
Two-thirds of both houses are needed to put it into play. I guess we could go with two-thirds of the States demanding a Constitutional Convention, but IMVHO the alternate title for that movie is "Pandora's Box". So, two-thirds of both houses is what it would take.
I put the odds somewhere south of 'slim', with a more or less asymptotic convergence on 'none'. But since the zeitgeist seems to be open to bold ventures, there is mine.
A fella can dream.