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The Real Constitutional Crisis: The Constitution

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Notice anything wrong here? Pelosi accurately described the nature of the government blueprinted by the ruling-class Founders just one time: a republic. She got it wrong six times when she called it "our democracy." As I have shown (with no special claim of originality) here and elsewhere on numerous occasions, democracy the rule of the popular majority was the last thing the Founding Fathers of the United States ever wanted to see break out in their newly created white male property-holders' republic, which later developed into a corporate state-capitalist oligarchy. Their charter was brilliantly crafted precisely to keep democracy at bay in numerous ways that cripple our efforts to practice serious popular sovereignty 232 years later.

At the same time, even the explicitly non-democratic "small-r" republican promise of intra-elite checks and balances is undermined today by hyper-partisan politics so extreme that 9 in 10 Republicans oppose the House impeachment inquiry while 9 in 10 Democrats support it. The Founders' "genius" scheme was always flawed by the possibility, indeed likelihood, of party politics overriding the Constitution's heralded checks and balances. What does Congress' and/or the Supreme Court's supposedly grand institutional power to check the tyranny of the imperial presidency really mean when Congress's powerful upper body (the Senate) and the high court (whose presidential for-life appointees are approved only by the Senate) is controlled by the same party that controls the White House?

Candidate Trump was not that far off when he said that his Red State party base would still back him even if he "st[ood] in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shot somebody." None of T7's long list of sickening outrages (of which the Ukraine-Biden scandal is just one example and arguably not the worst one) have shaken the dedicated support T7's white-Amerikaner "heartland" fans give their Dear "Make America Hate Again" Leader. At this point, one has to wonder if real-time video of the orange malignancy dismembering and eating live children could dent their faith in the Great God Trump.

T7 taps his neofascist base's lust for an authoritarian master who smites liberal and left elites and puts brown-skinned people back in "their place." The herrenvolk are sticking by their Manimal president come Hell or high water. Many among the nation's heavily armed white male militia cohort are ready to go "full animal" themselves, proclaiming their readiness to act on the Great God's not-so veiled call for "Civil War" if Congress acts seriously on its constitutional duty to check the current tyrannical POTUS. Even Major League Baseball umpire Rob Blake has tweeted that he will buy an assault rifle to use in "CIVAL WAR" if Trump is impeached.

It's depressing that a third or so of the electorate clings so tenaciously to the noxious neofascist sociopath in the White House. But it is equally demoralizing that T7's "deplorable" (something horrible Hillary got right) base enjoys such absurdly outsized political voice in the fake-democracy granted to us by our slave-owning "founders," for whom popular sovereignty (democracy) was a dreadful specter much to be checkmated in advance.

To no small degree, "our" (their) archaic Constitution is the constitutional crisis. It helped hatched the Trumpenstein and it is helping keep it in office perhaps for five or, God help us, more years. The way to get rid of this terrible tyrant is through a mass and prolonged popular rebellion that includes among its demands the call for a new national charter, one that includes among its provisions (just for starters) the abolition of anti-democratic absurdities like the Electoral College, the disenfranchisements of Puerto Rico and Washington DC, the provision of two Senators to each state regardless of its population size, the lifetime appointment of Supreme Court Justices, and the eviction of private money from public elections. The whole damn system that spat up/shat out Malignant Orange is guilty as Hell. As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote not long before his death, "the real issue to be faced" beyond superficial matters is "the radical reconstruction of society itself."

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