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Constitution Monday: No State Monarchies or Anarchies

Note: Throughout this series, items that are hyperlinked were in the Constitution as written in 1787 but have since been amended or superseded.

Article IV of the Constitution of the United States deals with relations between the States and regulates the creation of new states.  Here is Article IV, Section IV:

Section. 4.

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.

While the Constitution gives States a lot of autonomy, changing their basic form of government wasn’t one of them. So no state can suddenly announce a Bible-based theocracy, a dictatorship of the proletariat or even an anarchy within their borders even with a vote of the people. If you’re an American state, you have the form of a republic. I’m grateful for this, how about you?

This concludes Article IV. Starting to see how economical the Constitution is? Or vague. I report, you decide.

 

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