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DC Voting Rights

Discussion in 'U.S. Politics' started by BigRob, Feb 28, 2009.

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Should DC get a voting House member?

  1. Yes, everyone deserves representation.

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  2. No, the constitution states only states are allowed representation.

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  3. Yes, but it should come by having VA or MD adminster the represenation.

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  1. BigRob

    BigRob Well-Known Member

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    The DC Voting Rights Act has passed the Senate and it appears DC is well on its way to getting a voting member of the House of Representatives. How do you feel about this?
     
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    pocketfullofshells Well-Known Member

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    the whole only states can vote is Bull....seems commonwealths get to vote, yet they are not states.. if we are to be jerks and still say no, then make it a state. They have the right to representation.
     
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    Explain, from the constitution, how only states have the right to vote is bull?
     
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    pocketfullofshells Well-Known Member

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    explain how you cant read

    Fact is you don't support American's right to vote in our own nation based on where they live...simply because you know they would not vote the way you want. if DC was Republican you would be all for it.
     
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    And this will change the fact that the streets of DC are a hell hole how?
     
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    pocketfullofshells Well-Known Member

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    so now if your area sucks...you cant vote?

    smart idea.
     
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    Yeah, well, it works for Detroit. All the representation they can burn down or shoot.
     
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    A Republican seat in Utah is being added to offset the difference. That does not makes it a good idea.

    As for the commonwealth notion. In the time of the writing and ratifying of the constitution a commonwealth simply meant a state. Hobbes and Locke seem to back this up. It is widely accepted that the founders intended these as states. What they did not intend was that DC would get voting rights. Virginia, Kentucky etc are states legally under the constitution. DC is not.

    Commonwealth today and commonwealth at that time have two very different meanings. I would be open to putting the non federal DC areas back under control of Maryland to ensure that the people are represented.
     
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    I agree. That could backfire and we'd get the second coming of Orrin Hatch.
     
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    I dont realy care how they do it, fact is they are american citizens in the US, tax payers, military people, can be drafted, ...and are not given the basic right to vote based on where they live..even though its inside the US.
     
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    You need to hit the books and see why DC was created as an impartial, non-voting district and national seat of government, pal.

    Hey, but who's kidding whom.

    The school funding is among the highest in the land yet the education is close to the lousiest. Crime is rampant. Local government is corrupt. If liberals see one voting representative as some sort of justice for that, they can knock themselves out.
     
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    your idea is, you don't like DC so they cant vote it seems. nice...
     
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    I don't care if they vote or not.

    There were some reasons the founding fathers did not want them to, but that's neither here nor there.

    But the notion that this will somehow be transformational for them is still a laugh.
     
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