The Constitution of the United States of America is a living document. We have been assured of this by any number of Constitutional scholars with a list of credentials two feet long. Under the aegis of this “living document”, the Second Amendment has been interpreted to mean that state militias under the control of the government may be armed but that private citizens may not, the commerce clause has been interpreted to prohibit a farmer from growing grain to feed his own herd, and the preamble has been interpreted to allow any government action if it’s said to be for the general welfare.
Well, sauce for the goose, sauce for the gander. It’s time to interpret this living document to suit our needs for a change.
The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government…
— Constitution of the United States of America, Article IV, Section 4
Get that? A <em>Republican</em> form of government. Not a Democratic one. Capitalization matters, and capitalized Republican refers to the political party, not to the political philosophy.
One could make a good case that the Constitution authorizes the banning of the Democratic Party and their fellow travellers, whether they call themselves Communists, Greens, or the Working Families Party.
If “shall not be infringed” can be interpreted to allow a ban on pornography or automatic weapons, then “Republican Form of Government” can be interpreted to allow a ban on Democrats.
The sooner the better. To promote the general Welfare.