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The Liberal Assault on Our Federal Republic

Part VIII: "Statehood for the District of Columbia"

Michael A. Wallace

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April 1, 2002

Introduction

Introduction
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Section 2
Section 3
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Part VIII: "Statehood for the District of Columbia"

According to the Agenda for Electoral Reform and Voter Bill of Rights:

"The District of Columbia has more citizens than several other states yet it has no voting representation in the U.S. Senate or House of Representatives.  This is manifestly undemocratic.  There is no good reason why all of our citizens should not have to (sic) opportunity to choose voting representatives to Congress."1

Let's expose the factual errors first, then refute the assertions.

The District of Columbia does not have more citizens than several other states.  According to the 2000 Census only Wyoming is less populated.  In 1990, 3 states were smaller, however, in the decade of the 1990's, the District was the only political entity to experience a population decline - 5.7%.2

The second fact is the District was never supposed to have voting rights in Congress.  What is interesting however is Eleanor Holmes Norton is a Democratic Delegate from the District and even though she does not vote on the floor of Congress, she does vote in House Committees in which she sits, and, it appears, she can even propose legislation.3

Third, this issue is not just about a simple demand for Statehood.  The assertions about democratic unfairness have just enough of a ring of injustice to mute the underlying complexities of the issue.  The place to begin to understand the issues is to first go back to the time the District was created, and then move forward to today.

Introduction
Section 1
Section 2
Section 3
Summary



Part VIII: "Statehood for the District of Columbia"

 

 

 

1. The Voters' Bill of Rights, Action Agenda For Electoral Reform.

2. US Department of Commerce, Economics and Statistics Administration, U.S. Census Bureau, Population Change and Distribution, Census 2000 Brief, by Marc J. Perry and Paul J. Mackun, with Josephine D. Baker, Colleen D. Joyce, Lisa R. Lollock, and Lucinda S. Pearson.  Table 1  U.S. Population for Region, State and Puerto Rico: 1990-2000.  On April 1, 2000, the District had a population of 572,059.  Wyoming had a population of 493,782.

3. Doesn't it seem that a vote in committee is at least a diluted, contributory vote on issues that the House considers?  Perhaps an argument can be made that even this voting should not occur.  If she cannot vote, why can she propose legislation?


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Michael A. Wallace is a registered Republican, a former Eagle Scout, a Lifetime Member of the National Rifle Association, a strong believer in Second Amendment rights, a retired Marine officer, and a pro-life advocate - all things liberals seem to dislike.  In addition to his affiliation with America's Voices, Mike is a founding member of ConservaVets, a conservative veteran's organization (which has since become Rally4America).  Mike uses thorough constitutional and historical research to analyze and explain key moral and political issues of the day.  He particularly enjoys debunking the myths and lies perpetrated by the many liberal groups who claim to speak for most Americans and by those who misrepresent Constitutional principles to further their own agendas.  E-mail Mike at mwallace@americasvoices.org.

 

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