Article IV, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution

THE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CLAUSE

Article IV, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution

“OUR ENVIRONMENTAL CRISIS and the DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CLAUSE*”

Full text of Article 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.”

Section 4 – ensures a republican form of government (which, in this case, is synonymous with “representative democracy,” and both of which are opposed to a monarchical or aristocratic scheme – the state derives its power from the people, not from a king or gentry) and guarantees that the federal government will protect the states against invasion and insurrection.

On application of the [state] legislature or the executive [governor] when the legislature cannot be convened, the United States shall protect them [the people] against domestic violence.

This protection is for the people. The U. S. Supreme Court so held in Texas v. White (1868), saying it’s the people who are guaranteed this protection.

Is our environmental crisis domestic violence?

In a speech entitiled “OUR ENVIRONMENTAL CRISIS and the DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CLAUSE*” given by Michael Diamond in 2007, he references Article IV, Section 4 of the United States Constitution which states:

“On application of the [state] legislature or the executive [governor] when the legislature cannot be convened, the United States shall protect them [the people] against domestic violence.”

His interesting argument may be found in full here (16 pages) http://www.domesticviolenceclause.org/Speech.pdf

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