Section 4 - Republican government
“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.”
So the constitution guarantees every state a “republican” form of government. What does that mean? How do you define a “republican” form of government?
Here’s how: republic n 1 : a government having a chief of state who is not a monarch and is usually a president; also : a nation or other political unit having such a government 2 : a government in which supreme power is held by the citizens entitled to vote and is exercised by elected officers and representatives governing according to law; also : a nation or other political unit having such a form of government Source: NMW
So, it seems to mean a government where the “supreme power,” which we thinks means final decision making authority, rests with the people entitled to vote.
So, does this mean that some of the people who the people elect to represent them can cut and run to avoid a situation in which they are afraid they will lose the vote because the people have elected too many representatives who are inclined to vote the other way? Did you follow that sentence?
We think you get the idea. If the constitution says you have to have a republican form of government and you elect representatives and they, on their own, decide to not show up because they will not like the result of the final vote on the issue(s) in front of them, what should be done?
It seems pretty clear to us. Time for the US supreme court to order the elected representatives to show up and vote or be removed. If they don’t show up (believe us on this point, they will if so ordered) then remove the recalcitrant elected representatives from office, by judicial writ, and order new elections. So, file the lawsuit. And let’s get rolling. The lawyers need the work.
This is what is called the rule of law. Not the rule of silly, running scared politicians hanging out in one of America’s most corrupt states – Illinois. It is not coincidental that these scaredy cat Midwestern democrats run to Illinois. Illinois elects only scaredy cat democrats. Birds of a feather…. One of these days, the few remaining private sector taxpaying workers in Illinois will wake up and throw the scaredy cats out. By then, the state will look a lot like Michigan and Chicago will look a lot like Detroit. And Jesse Jackson will be overseeing the ruins.
Geez. You’d think these people would learn. The founding fathers had all this stuff figured out. Why do we let these little scaredy cat minions behave so badly?