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And actually, everything has been broken for a very long time. It just keeps getting worse. The question is whether or not we can fix it.

Cynicole says no… maybe we’ll explore that today, or we’ll talk about all of the things that are broken beyond repair. But today’s guest actually has some ideas. David Pepper is a lawyer, author, and the former chair of the Ohio Democratic party. He guested on this program last year to discuss his new book, Laboratories of Autocracy: A Wake-Up Call from Behind the Lines, which is summed up by the appropriated line, “it’s the statehouses, stupid.”

I invited him to join us today after reading his 22 Tweet thread about the Guarantee Clause in the US Constitution-– and how invoking that could possibly save what’s left of this experiment in democracy.

Before he came on, I shared another lengthy Twitter thread, this one from someone I know nothing about. But it’s spot on, and the kicker at the end is a real surprise. The Tweeter’s name is Joe @DempseyTwo. Read along here.