The Founding Fathers wrote in Article I, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution a provision providing explicitly for a national capital that would not be part of a state nor treated as a state, but rather a unique enclave under the exclusive authority of Congress — a neutral “district” in which representatives of all the states could meet on an equal footing to conduct the nation’s business.
In complete defiance of our Constitution, the U. S. House of Representatives, in a party-line vote this morning, approved legislation to make Washington, D.C., the 51st state in the nation, sending the bill to the Senate.
This is the second time the House has approved such legislation in two years, but the statehood bill faces an uphill climb in a Senate evenly divided between the two parties. Winning a vote in the Senate would likely require ending the filibuster that requires most legislation to clear a 60-vote hurdle. Even then, not all 50 Democrats in the Senate back making D.C. a state.
This is mostly political theatre, but still very insightful. I’m siding with our founders rather than today’s political climate.
“Absolute power corrupts absolutely” — English nobleman Lord Acton, 1857