Corporations are many things. They are convenient economic tools. They are employers of many thousands of human people. They sometimes even create beautiful objects which human people can use and covet.
But corporations are not people, my friend, despite what some have said. Unlike human people, corporations live forever. They can exist in multiple places simultaneously. They have no heart, no soul, and no conscious. They cannot speak or run for office or do any other thing that human people do. To put it bluntly, corporations are property owned by human people. (Which raises the question – is it then unconstitutional to own a corporation since the 13th Amendment outlawed the ownership of persons?)
What does this mean to you:
The word “corporation” is used nowhere the Constitution, a fact, of which, Thomas Jefferson was well-aware. When corporations are improperly defined as “people,” they get the peoples’ rights. Rights like “free speech.” They then use the peoples’ rights to their benefit, like influencing what laws get passed. Many times (and by “many” I mean “every,”) human people like you and me do not want the same laws passed as corporations such as Exxon Mobile or JP Morgan or Allstate Insurance. Laws like limits on how much a jury of your peers can give when someone has been injured by a dangerous product or a reckless semi truck driver, or laws saying a product is no longer defective as long as it is 10 years old, or laws limiting the amount to punish companies who intentionally hurt others.