Leftists’ blatant unconstitutional power grab and their enablers should be remembered in November
During a time when mainstream Americans are aghast at seeing statues, including Presidents Lincoln, Grant and Teddy Roosevelt, being pulled down by mobs, fires burn on American streets set by agitators and a six square-block section of Seattle is known as “CHOP” has been taken over by the lunatic fringe, leave it to the Democratic leadership in the House to try to score more political points.
As Rahm Emanuel said, “never let a crisis go to waste”
This Friday, there will be a vote on D.C. Statehood which is titled under the symbolic bill number of H.R. 51 (get it? 51st state?).
Nearly every Democrat, including Congresswoman Lauren Underwood and Congressman Sean Casten, have cosponsored this legislation, which was introduced in the first week of the 116th Congress last year, and cleared committee in late December.
If Casten and Underwood vote the way their cosponsorships indicate, then they’ll expose themselves to the well deserved concerns they are too far Left for the districts they represent.
The D.C. Statehood has nothing to do with “Taxation without Representation” proponents argue in favor of the legislation. It’s about power, and the power to elect two additional U.S. Senators and one House member from the new state and for apportionment of 4 new House seats across the country.
Apart from the naked Leftist power grab the D.C. Statehood is about, here are reasons why it will not go through, EVEN IF THE SENATE were to vote for it and President Trump signs it — it’s unconstitutional.
Article I, section 8 of the Constitution clearly states the national capital will not be a part of a state or treated as a state. The 23rd Amendment, ratified in 1961, granted residents of D.C. three electoral votes to participate in presidential elections.
A proposed amendment from the 1970s granting D.C. residents representation in Congress failed to gain ratification by the states, with only 16 states ratifying the proposed amendment.
To get around the Constitution concerning the national capital being outside of the state, the House Democrats will attempt to separate the federal portion D.C. from the vast majority of residents in D.C. Then the Democrats believe they can achieve D.C. statehood and create the “state of Washingon, Douglass Commonwealth” with legislation without having to amend the Constitution.
Wrong again, Democrats.
Even if this hare-brained scheme were to pass and by some miracle become law, the 23rd amendment is still the Law of the Land, and would need an amendment to repeal it.
But what would ultimately stop this lunacy in the Courts is the legal precedence set under the Retrocession Act of 1846, when the Virginia portion of the original District of Columbia south and west of the Potomac River was returned to the state of Virginia.
The Residence Act of 1790 created the original boundaries of D.C. with land ceded by the states of Virginia (31 square miles) and Maryland (69 square miles) and for 56 years, D.C. maintained its original boundaries.
A year after the Residence Act was passed, it was amended to prohibit any public buildings on the Virginia cession to D.C. and over the next half-century, rising tensions caused the Commonwealth of Virginia to have 2nd thoughts over ceding land for the national capital. Attempts to return the ceded Virginia land began in 1804.
The final retrocession bill was passed in February of 1846 by the Virginia General Assembly, and the U.S. House approved the retrocession later that year, and the Senate concurred and President James K. Polk signed the Retrocession Act into law on July 9, 1846.
There is the precedence for dealing with the residents concerns and desire for statehood within most of the 69 square miles of the current D.C. — Retrocession back to the state of Maryland. Since the land covered by H.R. 51 was originally land within the boundaries of the state of Maryland, carving out land nearly 60 square miles to make a new state will not stand up in the Courts, or the court of public opinion.
And may any member of Congress who votes for H.R. 51 be remembered as forsaking the Constitution and the original intent of the Founding Fathers and treated as such in the General Election later this year.
- NPR D.C. Statehood: https://www.npr.org/2020/06/16/878110986/house-democrats-aiming-to-make-a-point-plan-vote-on-d-c-statehood
- Boston Globe Opinion Column: https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/06/21/opinion/constitution-says-no-dc-statehood/
- “The Alexandria Retrocession of 1846”: https://boundarystones.weta.org/2016/07/08/alexandria-retrocession-1846
- H.R. 51: https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/51/text