You hear it all the time these days from the Left: “Corporations are not people!” they cry, as though their repeated insistence could make it true. The truth is, U.S. law defines just who is and isn’t considered a “person,” and corporations are included in that definition.
From Title 1, Chapter 1, Section 1 of the U.S. Code: “the words ‘person’ and ‘whoever’ include corporations, companies, associations, firms, partnerships, societies, and joint stock companies, as well as individuals.”
The Supreme Court’s opinion in the Hobby Lobby case over the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate made this especially big news. According to the Court, Hobby Lobby, as a family-owned corporate entity, has the same rights as any individual to not have the federal government trample all over their religious values.
The big question is, why? Why give massive corporate monoliths the same rights as the lowliest of their minimum-wage employees?
The problem with freedom is that it either means something, or it doesn’t…and according to the Left, the Bill of Rights just doesn’t apply to corporations. Thank God that U.S. law states otherwise.
Imagine a world where the Constitution does not apply to jointly-owned businesses.
If the First Amendment no longer applies, then businesses would have no right to stand for any religious values, but it wouldn’t stop there. Political speech – whether in the form of donations or statements – could be regulated by the government, and those regulations could change depending on who controlled Congress or the White House at any given time…and the businesses couldn’t really do anything about it, because they would have no right to petition the government for redress of their grievances – no standing for any law suits.
The Second Amendment would no longer apply, so private security firms wouldn’t be able to own any firearms.
The Fourth Amendment would no longer apply, meaning that any incorporated business could be searched by the government, and their property seized, for any reason. No warrant needed.
The Fifth Amendment would be invalid for corporate officers as related to their roles in the company. Failure to testify = jail time.
And on that note, the Sixth Amendment would be nill, so no jury trial – sentences could be handed down by committee. And no right to face your accuser, so anonymous tips could lead to prison sentences.
No Eighth Amendment, so any bail can be set, if any is set at all.
Under these conditions, no new businesses would ever be created. Existing businesses would disappear one by one, as federal, state and local governments pile regulation on top of regulation. Complete economic collapse would be an eventual certainty.
Of course, there is always the possibility that this is what the Left wants – and it is certainly what they will strive for…until they realize the true consequences of their actions.