Democrats Ignore Constitution in D.C. Voting Rights Bill

by Mike on February 20, 2009

in Judicial Watch,Law,Politics

The D.C. Voting Rights Bill is a perfect example of why Democrats should never be taken seriously when they accuse other people of violating the Constitution. Article One, Section 2 of the Constitution clearly states:

The House of Representatives shall be composed of Members chosen every second Year by the People of the several States . . .

No Person shall be a Representative who shall not . . . and who shall not, when elected, be an Inhabitant of that State in which he shall be chosen.

The Constitution clearly provides that House membership must be composed of members from states. So what do the Democrats do? Introduce legislation providing the District of Columbia’s Delegate a vote in the Chamber.

The idea of giving D.C. a vote in the Chamber may have merit. I oppose the idea, but recognize the valid reasons one would have for supporting it. The trouble is, the Constitution forbids it. The appropriate mechanism to give D.C. a vote in the House is not legislation that clearly violates the Constitution, but rather a Constitutional Amendment or statehood for D.C.

This is not a small point. Our God-given rights are preserved by the Constitution. In order for the document to have any meaning at all, it must be respected whether we agree with a particular provision or not. The Democrats spent a good portion of the last eight years hysterically and falsely accusing President Bush of trampling all over the Constitution. Now that they are in power, Democrats are recklessly ignoring Constitutional provisions that are actually in the document. It’s cases like these that show us why, when it comes to discussing the Constitution, Democrats are not to be taken seriously. Then again, we knew that already.

Hat tip: Betsy’s Page

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Ryan February 20, 2009 at 4:48 pm

So when will the government sanction the voting rights of other federal districts, like national parks for example. Should Yellowstone get it’s own separate Congressmen and Electoral votes because Congress feels like it? Why not make Canadian Maritime Provinces honorary members of the House while they’re at it?!

I understand that DC’s population is much larger than a forest and that DC is already represented in the Electoral College, but only because of the 23rd Amendment. As Mike points out the rules on this were in place even before they renamed ol’ Foggy Bottom after President Washington.

We know the Dems didn’t read the Stimulus debacle, but we hope to God they at least read the Constitution, right? For the record, it’s much shorter and more approachable than that 1,100 page monstrocity — I have a copy that’s the front and back on one page in small print. It actually makes the job of any Congressman very simple if applied properly… to be honest you could even have another job on the side!


Chris Wysocki February 20, 2009 at 5:39 pm

They’ve already rendered the Emoluments Clause impotent. What’s going to stop them from adding another partisan hack to their congressional majority?


Randy February 20, 2009 at 7:53 pm

These are the same jokers that screamed that Bush was violating the Constitution daily. I’m really having a hard time being surprised at this but at the same time I’m at a loss for words.
1) Investigate McCain’s “natural born” status but not Obama’s.
2) Obambi moves Census Bureau from Commerce to White House violating Title 13.
3) Turns D.C. into Chicago east with his appointments (didn’t they bash Bush for appointing political allies)
And the list goes on and on and on and ….


Rick February 21, 2009 at 10:33 am

Article 1 Section 8 specifies that congress shall
“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 the Government of the United States, ”

The solution is simple. The federal government cedes all the territory of the District that isn’t currently used for federal purposes back to Maryland (Virginia already got their portion back) . The Capitol, the White House, the Supreme Court and all the office buildings needed to run the country would be “the Seat of the Government of the United States”.

The people will then be citizens of Maryland again, and their delegate could be seated as a full Representative. They would also be represented by Maryland’s two Senators.


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