If you are a Salt Lake City voter, you have just received a ballot on whether our representatives should work to amend the United States Constitution. The proposed amendment says that "artificial entities" (anything that is not a "natural person") "shall have no rights under the Constitution" and are subject to unlimited regulation by government at all levels.
Not only would corporations no longer have First Amendment rights to freedom of speech, religion, or the press, but also newspapers, churches, unions and even the group proposing the amendment.
It would also end the Fourth Amendment requirement for a warrant before any search of a business or other "artificial entity."
What Move to Amend proposes goes far beyond reversing the Citizens United decision. I urge voters to consider the consequences of such a sweeping amendment beyond limiting the political speech of a corporation, and then vote against the question.
Salt Lake City
- Greg Bell: Too many steering wheels in Utah's...
- My view: Intergenerational poverty the result...
- My view: Utah, where do you stand on marriage?
- Charles Krauthammer: The jihadi logic
- In our opinion: Inconsistency in school test...
- Letter: Bush dilemma 2.0
- 19 songs to consider as replacements for the...
- Letter: Buy American