(for the record, I am, in fact, a person)
What is personhood?
Merriam-Webster employs a few key factors: human, individual, guise, body, personality, self...
A person is a multidimensional entity. It is your body, your mind, and your individual traits and acts.
Does a blastocyst have a mind? A personality? Thoughts? Memories? Could it have a guise?
The religious right sees no point in answering these questions. And in seeing things as such, they present utterly idiotic laws and constitutional amendments that never pass. They only seek to keep the issue alive. An issue that should not be.
Will "issues" become the next thing to attain "personhood?"
Well, apparently corporations won the prize. So, who knows what's next. But that was thanks to the US Supreme Court.
Is a corporation a human? Does it have a mind? A body? Is a corporation living thing?
Corporations can have guises, though, and so the latest is "personhood."
It's easy to see why the corporatocracy finds comfort in the aid of the religious right. The religious right voters seem to believe abstract contractual constructs and just-fertilized ova should be treated as "persons" just like them.
It is ironic, in that the religious right believes in the soul and can not make the argument that a corporation has a soul.
It is further ironic in that their position stands against their own interests, allowing corporations to act upon human beings as other humans would do with each other. When corporations can act without regulatory constraint, they can, without liability, lie, misbehave, deceive, in all sorts of ways, just as we people often do socially.
And then we see a dark side of other-personhood: As my father always says, "I am a human being, not a human 'resource.'" The very corporations the religious right support, have gone beyond personhood, into masterhood. Breaking contracts with employees, investors, and third parties, without any constraint from the people - the "persons."
The consequence of theo-corporatism, as my wife said: "A human being is no longer a "person" with a soul, but just an object to be manipulated."
This unholy alliance of the religious right and the corporatocracy reminds me of a little proverb I often use: I love Jesus, Jesus does not like abortion, I love Wall Street, Jesus loves Wall Street, I do not like abortion, Jesus wants less regulation of Wall Street.
It's just the ol' bait 'n switch.
Between the Occupy movement and the beat-down at the polls the Left put on the Right this Tuesday, I think people are starting to think more about what it means to be a person - and hopefully they're thinking more about being suckered.