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Thursday, March 22, 2007

The Ballot or The Bullet

DC residents get neither. I ain't one of them constitutional scholars, but it seems pretty clear - like beyond dispute - that Congress does not have the power to give DC a representative in Congress. The Constitution clearly states, "The House of Representatives shall be composed of Members chosen every second Year by the People of the several States." DC is not a state, and if the founders had intended non-states - cities, villages, ghost towns, big churches, strip bars, etc - to have representation in Congress, then they would have added "and other entities that Congress chooses" after "the several States." Yes, the Constitution gives Congress the power "to exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over Such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may...become the Seat of the government of the United States." But there is no way the writers meant that this exclusive legislation could violate other parts of the Constitution. If Congress has the power to give DC a seat in the House of Representatives, as many falsely believe, then it also has the power to ban books, search people's homes without warrants, and deprive people of their liberty without due process in DC. Exclusive legislation means just that. Congress sets the laws of the nation's capitol. Those laws - like laws anywhere in the U.S. - can't violate the Constitution. Letting DC residents vote in Virginia and Maryland would be perfectly constitutional. Giving us our own Representative in Congress is grossly unconstitutional. Discuss.

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