RESOLUTION of the New Hampshire Democratic Party Declaring that Corporations Shall Not Be Considered “Persons”
Whereas: Interpretation of the US Constitution by federal judges to include corporations in the term "persons" has long enabled corporate directors, managers, agents and attorneys to act to nullify the fundamental and constitutional rights of human persons;
The illegitimate judicial and legislative designation of corporations as "persons" and the bestowal of constitutional power and authority upon corporations enables corporate directors, managers, agents and attorneys to sue municipal, state and federal governments, resulting in both corporate intimidations and frequent judicial nullifications of law that are contrary to the values and desires of the people; and
Said designation compels local, state and federal governments to recognize corporations as legitimate participants in the fundamental mechanisms of self-government (e.g., legislation, elections, education, regulation and administration, jurisprudence and public policy debate) and since corporations are legal aggregations of property and wealth, corporate participation in the mechanisms of self-governance overwhelms, overpowers, and essentially denies the participation of natural human beings;
Public officials, hence, enable corporate managers, directors, agents and attorneys to wield the federal and state constitutions - to levy the coercive force of law - against the people of the United States, despite the fact that history, tradition and state constitutions declare the sovereign people to be the sole source of governing authority throughout the nation.
Therefore, The New Hampshire Democratic Party declares its unwavering support that:
Corporations shall not be considered "persons" protected by the Constitution of the United States or by the Constitutions of the states that so declare; and
The rights of individual, natural persons shall be privileged over any and all rights that have been extended to artificial entities.
The New Hampshire Democratic Party pledges its good faith and labors to make this resolution a reality.
--[passed by the New Hampshire Democratic Party in May, 2004]
The Maine Democratic Party passed the following Amendment to its Platform by acclamation and to “loud applause and cheering.”
Amendment #16 -- Section: III - Economic Development
Since the founders of the U.S. government did not intend to allow corporations to be included in the definition of the word "person" and "people" in the US Constitution, and other founding principles and documents, corporations may not claim they are "persons" or "people" under the U.S. Constitution and obtain Constitutional rights thereby.