Democrats Ignore Constitution in D.C. Voting Rights Bill

by Mike on February 20, 2009

in Uncategorized

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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