“[E]xtension of the individual freedom of conscience decisions to business corporations [that] strains the rationale of those cases beyond the breaking point. To ascribe to such artificial entities an “intellect” or “mind” for freedom of conscience purposes is to confuse metaphor with reality.” – – Justice William Rehnquist
America should “crush in its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations, which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength and bid defiance to the laws of our country.” – – Thomas Jefferson
“By proposing his [People’s Rights] amendment [affirming that the Bill of Rights is about natural persons], McGovern helpfully illuminates the lengths to which some liberals want to go. So when next you hear histrionic warnings about tea party or other conservative “extremism,” try to think of anything on the right comparable to McGovern’s proposed vandalism of the Bill of Rights.” – -George Will
“Defenders of the Supreme Court decision in Citizens United and the ascendant Corporate Rights doctrine that underlies it must be getting nervous. Why else would George Will resort to arguing, as he so outrageously does (“A Scythe Against Free Speech, May 6) that the bipartisan People’s Rights Amendment I have introduced in the House is “comparable” to condoning infanticide?” – – Representative Jim McGovern, co-sponsor of bipartisan People’s Rights Amendment.
Here’s the full piece by Rep. McGovern, with a link to the George Will column.