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Constitutional collapse: Why we could be on the verge of a democratic apocalypse

If Republicans gain full control, they have the power to amend the Constitution into their own authoritarian

by Les Leopold
This article originally appeared on AlterNet and while I do not normally reprint other sites articles I believe the information below is too important to ignore.

As Donald Trump vilifies the press, the courts, immigrants, Muslims, Democrats, protesters and anyone who disagrees with him, it isn’t hard to imagine a modern-day Mussolini — or worse. But an even greater threat lies in Republicans’ march toward full control of state government. If they get there, they will have the frightening power to amend the Constitution into their own authoritarian image . . . or Ayn Rand’s.

Republicans now control 32 state legislatures and 33 governorships. They have majorities in both state legislative chambers as well as the governorships in 25 states. The Democrats have total control in only six states and legislative control in two more.

If Republicans achieve veto-proof control in 38 states, they can do something that has never been done before — hold a constitutional convention, and then ratify new amendments that are put forth. To date, all amendments have been initiated from Congress where two-thirds of both houses are required. In either case, 38 states would be needed to ratify the amendments. The Republicans are well on their way.

Stand by Me

When the night has come
And the land is dark
And the moon is the only light we’ll see
No I won’t be afraid, no I won’t be afraid
Just as long as you stand, stand by me

First they came for the communists,
and I did not speak out–because I was not a communist;

Then they came for the socialists,
and I did not speak out–because I was not a socialist;

Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I did not speak out–because I was not a trade unionist;

Then they came for the Jews,
and I did not speak out–because I was not a Jew;

Then they came for me–  and there was no one left to speak out for me.

Martin Niemoeller
Protestant minister and concentration camp survivor