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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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Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing since she was a hippie. She began writing for OpEdNews in Feb, 2004. She became a Senior Editor in August 2012 and Managing Editor in January, (more...)

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