House Dems Pass HR51 – An Assault on Constitution
House Dems Pass HR51 – An Assault on Constitution
While racist Leftists (and I repeat myself) are still scrambling to justify their support of stabby murderers like Ma’Khia Bryant, House Democrats shoved through HR51 to grant the District of Columbia statehood.
Of course, Constitution-hating Democrats accuse anyone that opposes D.C. statehood of being RAAAAACIST WHITEY WHITE WHITE supremacists. Clown nose on:
Debate over statehood got particularly heated on the House floor Thursday when New York Democrat Rep. Mondaire Jones accused certain Republicans of being against D.C. statehood because the district was not White enough in their minds to qualify for self-rule. […]
“One of my House Republican colleagues said that D.C. shouldn’t be a state because the district doesn’t have a landfill. My goodness, with all the racist trash my colleagues have brought to this debate, I can see why they’re worried about having a place to put it.”
Well, excuse me, Congresscritter Jones, your Race-baiter Card has expired. And no wonder New York school system is so dismal when it vomits forth a representative as witless and ill-tempered a flapped-mouth varlet of the Left as you, Jonesy.
Let’s make this short and sweet, shall we? Oh, look at what the Constitution says about the Federal district:
Congress shall have power *** To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the Acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings.
~~~ US Constitution, Article 1, Section 8, Clause 17
Pish and tosh, says Lefties, don’t look at the Constitution!
D.C. is 46% Black and has 0 senators
Wyoming is 1% Black and has 2 senators
D.C. has 120,000 more people than Wyoming.
Opposition to D.C. statehood is racist. Period.
— Robert Reich (@RBReich) April 22, 2021
Oceania has always been at war with Eastasia!
For real Americans, history matters right along with the intent of the Founders. And history demonstrates quite readily why the Founders put into the Constitution that the seat of the Federal government would be under the exclusive control of the Feds and not beholding to any state.
I give you the Pennsylvania Mutiny of 1783:
On June 17, 1783, Congress received a message from soldiers of the Continental Army stationed in Philadelphia, which demanded payment for their service during the American Revolutionary War. The soldiers threatened to take action that day if their complaints were not addressed. Congress ignored their message, but the soldiers did not act on their threat. Two days later, however, the Congress received word that a group of about 80 soldiers had left their post at Lancaster, Pennsylvania, approximately 60 miles (97 km) west of Philadelphia, and had joined with the soldiers stationed at the city barracks. The group of approximately 500 men had effective control over the weapons stores and munition depot.
The next morning on June 20, the State House was mobbed by as many as 400 soldiers demanding payment. The soldiers blocked the door and initially refused to allow the delegates to leave. Alexander Hamilton, then a delegate from New York, persuaded the soldiers to allow Congress to meet later to address their concerns. The soldiers did allow the members of Congress to peacefully adjourn that afternoon. That evening, a small Congressional committee, headed by Hamilton, met in secret to draft a message to the Pennsylvania Council, asking them to protect Congress from the mutineers. The letter threatened that Congress would be forced to move elsewhere if the Council did not act.
On June 21, the Congressional committee met again at the State House with members of the Pennsylvania Executive Council, including its president, John Dickinson. The members of Congress asked the council to do more to protect the federal government. Dickinson and the council agreed to consult with the militia commanders and reply to Congress the next day. The following morning, the Pennsylvania Council again refused Congress’ request. Lacking sufficient assurances that the state would be willing to protect Congress, the members left Philadelphia that day for Princeton, New Jersey.
There followed all manner of excuses why Pennsylvania refused to defend Congress, but the fact remained that Congressional members realized they could not but the Fed government under the influence of any one state. As James Madison in The Federalist #43 put it:
The indispensable necessity of compleat authority at the seat of Government carries its own evidence with it. It is a power exercised by every Legislature of the Union, I might say of the world, by virtue of its general supremacy. Without it, not only the public authority might be insulted and its proceedings be interrupted, with impunity; but a dependence of the members of the general Government, on the State comprehending the seat of the Government for protection in the exercise of their duty, might bring on the national councils an imputation of awe or influence, equally dishonorable to the Government, and dissatisfactory to the other members of the confederacy.
D.C. statehood would be more than just one House representative and two Senators. There would also be a state legislature that would then exercise its powers and influence over the Federal government.
1783 was the impetus to establish a fixed seat of government under the exclusive control of Congress. It was important enough a subject to be included in the Constitution and no amount of cynical, ahistorical breast-beating about RAAAACISM can erase it.
That’s today’s Real American History lesson.
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