Alaska Constitution Pledge

The Alaska Constitution states all persons are equal and have inalienable rights, and the power of governing rests to and for the benefit of the people of the State:

Article 1 Section 1 Inherent Rights:

“This constitution is dedicated to the principles that all persons have a natural right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and the enjoyment of the rewards of their own industry; that all persons are equal and entitled to equal rights, opportunities, and protection under the law; and that all persons have corresponding obligations to the people and to the State.”

Article 1 Section 2 Source of Government:

“All political power is inherent in the people. All government originates with the people, is founded upon their will only, and is instituted solely for the good of the people as a whole.”

The drafters of our State Constitution never anticipated a debate over what the word “person” would mean in the Alaska Constitution or in our State statutes.  Many of our laws and regulations today contradict the clear intent of the Constitution, defining corporations and other groups as “persons.” Transferring the rights of natural persons to “artificial entities or artificial persons” has undermined the ability of Alaskans to enjoy their rights and to govern the State for the benefit of the people as a whole. While the State Legislature has the authority to confer in statute any of the powers now enjoyed by these groups as privileges – such powers must not be construed to be equal to our rights as people.

Therefore, I _______________________________, hereby pledge to support the true intent of the Alaska Constitution, whereby inalienable rights are to be enjoyed solely by individual human beings, and I will support the amendment of existing Alaska laws to clarify that the term “person” means only an individual human being.