Thursday on “Screwed News” Thom Hartmann hosted Ryan Clayton of Wolf PAC to discuss the ramifications of the Supreme Court ruling in the Hobby Lobby case on Monday, in which the Court decided that although women are not people corporations are and must be afforded all of the rights to which people are entitled.
Hartmann began by noting that although the Court characterized the ruling as narrow and applying only to this case and only to birth control already conservative groups have begun to use it as a justification for discriminating against gay people. He said that according to a report in The Atlantic, “faith leaders have written to President Obama asking him to carve out a religious exemption to an upcoming Executive Order that will ban federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT Americans.”
Other groups and businesses are certain to come along, he said, who will want their own exemptions allowing them to discriminate against whoever they may want because of their “corporate religion.”
“The problem with the Court,” said Clayton, “is that they see that corporations even have Constitutional rights, forgetting that those Constitutional rights are actually based on natural rights.”
He went on to say that while human beings do have those inalienable rights, as artificial entities corporations are not entitled to those same rights since they are not nor can they ever attain true personhood.
Clayton went on to note that giving the same rights afforded to people under the Constitution to corporations the Court is wrong, “morally wrong, legally wrong and Constitutionally unacceptable.”
There is only one way, Clayton said, to fix the problem, no law will do it, what is necessary is a Constitutional Amendment.
“The only authority above the Supreme Court now, is the Constitution, we have to amend the Constitution to fix it,” he said.
Progress is being made, very slowly but progress none-the-less, both California and Vermont have just passed resolutions calling for a Constitutional Convention to address the issues of money as speech and corporations as people.
Watch the conversation below.