Constitution We the People
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The Framers who wrote our Constitution, created (as Ben Franklin famously said) a constitutional republic: a government “deriving its just powers from the consent of the governed” through citizens’ (then white men’s) right to vote. Today that form of government in crisis in America, as that core right to vote that defines republicanism is under attack by Republican legislators in red and swing states across our nation. There’s a safety valve built into the US Constitution that has never before been used to protect our republic. It’s called the Guarantee Clause, and it’s the basis of the Right To Vote Act that has passed the House and is stalled by a Republican filibuster in the Senate. It’s never been adopted as law so it’s essentially potential, a powerful force quietly coiled and waiting for a real emergency, buried deep in our Constitution for 232 years.