Network News

X My Profile
View More Activity
Posted at 12:24 PM ET, 10/23/2009

No vote for the federal seat

By editors

By Michael Duncan

A “voting right” for 60 square miles of concentrated federal government runs afoul of every intention of our Constitution [“D.C. voting rights hypocrisy,” editorial, Oct. 20]. The Founding Fathers would be appalled by such a sprawling monument to federal power. Do not forget that the District is the seat of our federal government, not a state; the government operates at the service of the people, not as part of the electoral process.

Washington, a place where people make a living working for government, lobbying government and profiting from government, does not need to cast any congressional vote aimed at justifying the growth of itself. Democracy can be found in the apportionment of D.C. residents into Maryland and Virginia voting districts, retrocession of the District to Maryland or a constitutional amendment making the District the 51st state.

But Democrats know that none of these are realistic options politically, and so they try, like all politicians, to circumvent the system.

By editors  | October 23, 2009; 12:24 PM ET
Categories:  D.C., DC Vote  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz   Previous: My Health-Care Story: Paging Dr. Popular
Next: You can fight, but you can't vote

No comments have been posted to this entry.

The comments to this entry are closed.

RSS Feed
Subscribe to The Post

© 2011 The Washington Post Company