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Mon Dec 20, 2021, 01:42 PM

Thom Hartmann - The "In Emergency, Break Glass" Moment For Democracy Is Here

https://hartmannreport.com/p/the-in-emergency-break-glass-moment

There is a “potential power,” a tightly coiled force quietly waiting for a real emergency, buried deep in our Constitution for 232 years. It's time to unleash it.

....Section 4 of Article IV of the Constitution:
“The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion; and on Application of the Legislature, or of the Executive (when the Legislature cannot be convened) against domestic Violence.”

The opening of the Freedom To Vote Act lays it out clearly:
“Congress also finds that it has both the authority and responsibility, as the legislative body for the United States, to fulfill the promise of article IV, section 4, of the Constitution, which states: ‘The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a “Republican Form of Government.”’” [emphasis added]

The proposed law even notes as justification for its existence how the Supreme Court has dropped — or laid down — the ball and therefore Congress must pick it up:

“Congress finds that its authority and responsibility to enforce the Guarantee Clause is clear given that Federal courts have not enforced this clause because they understood that its enforcement is committed to Congress by the Constitution.”

The Freedom To Vote Act ensures a “Republican Form of Government”

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Mon Dec 20, 2021, 02:47 PM

1. Say wha?

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Mon Dec 20, 2021, 03:35 PM

3. When you consider

That the original form of our Constitutional Republic did not allow the public to vote for President or Senate and still does not mandate a public election for the President, that's going to be a hard argument to make.

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