Republicans to DC: You Aren’t Allowed to Vote


The Republicans blocked a vote to allow representation of DC in Congress:

Republican lawmakers yesterday blocked the Senate from taking up the D.C. vote bill, a potentially fatal setback for the District’s most promising effort in years to get a full member of Congress.

They had no fucking reason other than the fear that the extra member would be a Democrat:

Some Republicans feared that the measure could eventually lead to the addition of two full D.C. senators, who probably would be Democrats.

The “legal concerns” raised were utter bullshit.  This is about power, pure and simple:

The Senate minority leader, Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), and the White House have strongly criticized the legislation. They maintain that, because the District is not a state, the bill violates the constitutional mandate that House members be chosen by the “People of the several States.”

Nitpicking fascist fuckers.  Hell, even Joe Lieberman is for this:

“It’s time to end the injustice, the national embarrassment that citizens of this great capital city don’t have voting representation in Congress,” Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.), a co-sponsor of the bill, said in a brief floor session before the vote. Opponents did not make speeches.

The right thing to do is grant DC representation.  This isn’t a partisan issue.  Its common sense.

Proponents have portrayed the bill as a civil rights measure, saying that depriving a majority African American city of a vote echoes discriminatory practices outlawed decades ago. They also have said it is hypocritical for the United States to fight for voting rights in Iraq while denying them in its own capital.

And its long past due.

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