On audio: Cobb makes pitch for constitutional amendment to change corporate personhood provision

David Cobb

Former Green Party candidate for president David Cobb was on a three-day tour of Vermont this week to pitch a constitutional amendment that would strip corporations of personhood rights. Sen. Ginnie Lyons has proposed a resolution urging Congress to amend the Constitution to change the rights of corporations.
Listen to an audio clip of Cobb speaks and Lyons speaking at the Statehouse Jan. 18, 2011l

Draft of the proposed resolution from Sen. Lyons:

Joint resolution relating to urging the United States Congress to propose an amendment to the United States Constitution for the states’ consideration which provides that corporations are not persons under the laws of the United States or any of its jurisdictional subdivisions.

(Following are 16 ‘whereas’, the last two stating….)

Whereas, large corporations own most of America’s mass media and employ those media to loudly express the corporate political agenda and to convince American that the primary role of human beings is that of consumer rather than sovereign citizens with democratic rights and responsibilities, and

Whereas, the only way to reverse this intolerable societal reality is to amend the United States Constitution to define persons as human beings and not corporations, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly urges Congress to propose an amendment to the United States Constitution for the states’ consideration which provides that corporations are not persons under the laws of the United States or any of its jurisdictional subdivisions, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the Vermont Congressional Delegation.

Carl Etnier

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  • 1 V.S.A. § 128. Person: ‘”Person” shall include any natural person, corporation, municipality, the state of Vermont or any department, agency or subdivision of the state, and any partnership, unincorporated association or other legal entity. (Amended 1969, No. 207 (Adj. Sess.), { 2, eff. March 24, 1970.)’

    We should be starting with Vermont law. But thank you Ms. Lyons.

  • John Fairbanks

    Never happen, but nice idea.

  • walter carpenter

    He makes a good point here about corporations not being people. They are a collection of persons, but not individual people. This bill probably will not go far, but it should rankle Boehmer a bit.

  • David Usher

    Debating the merits/evils of corporate money as “free speech” leads nowhere. The only way to change this reality is to amend the Constitution. However, the effort will likely go the way of the ERA.

  • ben graham

    Nice? It’s such an important idea, that everyone should be making it happen. This simple little thing has led to so much destruction by corporations. And it is only when individuals take responsibility, will it change.

    Be careful not to get to blase about the destruction of our culture for a sad state of affairs. Look around, is it getting better or worse? Read latest “Pulse of VT”.

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