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Will Congress release the coiled & as-yet-unused power buried deep within the Constitution?

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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.

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It is clear - even from what is visible on the news - that the U.S. is moving strongly in the direction of fascism. Many of us would prefer not to acknowledge this.

By "fascism" I'm referring to the definition Mussolini had in mind when he claimed to have invented the word. (It was actually Italian philosopher Giovanni Gentile who wrote the entry in the Encyclopedia Italiana that said: "Fascism should more appropriately be called corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power." Mussolini, however, affixed his name to the entry, and claimed credit for it.)

As the 1983 American Heritage Dictionary noted, fascism is, "A system of government that exercises a dictatorship of the extreme right, typically through the merging of state and business leadership, together with belligerent nationalism."

There is a quote which has apparently been mis-attributed to Thomas Jefferson. Be that as it may, it has never been more apropos:


"Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty."

Submitted on Wednesday, Jan 5, 2022 at 9:47:44 PM

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