Article IV, Section 4There is another place that refers specifically to the role of the legislature. I bring this up in regard to what we see happening in Minneapolis and in copy-cat fashion around the country,
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.
Article I, Section 8Notice it says to “suppress insurrections”. What is happening in Minneapolis is not a protest. It is insurrection. It is blatant and organized opposition to the lawful government of the city. You can pretty it up and dress it in a clown suit all you want but it is still rioting. What happened when the armed citizens went to express their disagreement about how the governor was shutting down the state was a protest. It was peaceful and clear in its purpose. It was not their to start a revolution. What is happening now is rioting and insurrection.
To provide for calling forth the militia to execute the laws of the union, suppress insurrections and repel invasions.;
As I read the Constitution it is the legislature that is supposed to be responding. I am sure there is some reason why the baton has been passed to the president. Either way, it is the responsibility of the United States government to suppress this civil unrest that neither the city nor the state seems to want to deal with.
Deal with it.
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