01/09/2012 03:05 pm ET Updated Mar 10, 2012

"We the Corporations...?"

So, a corporation is a person? This from Republican candidates who claim to believe in adhering strictly to the original meaning of the Constitution? It must be that conservatives found some alternate version of the Preamble to the Constitution, long-lost amidst the papers of the Founding Fathers, that reads:

We the Corporations of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect anti-Union nation, establish Justice for the propertied, insure domestic Tranquility through vast expansion of incarceration, provide for the common defence without any responsibility to pay for our wars, promote the general Welfare of those who least need aid, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity so long as they look like us, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

Americans of all political persuasions are recognizing more and more the fundamental distortion of our notions of liberty that results from elevating a legal convenience -- the corporation -- to the level of a natural-born person. Kudos to those who objected years ago when this trend began, and to the many local, state and federal efforts to restore the inalienable rights of individuals to their proper Constitutional primacy.