The title for this week’s proposed article of amendment (subject to revision) is The “
Section 1: The citizens of the District shall be included among the population of a State in the next Census following the ratification of this article.
Section 2: The twenty-third amendment to this Constitution is hereby repealed.
Section 3: The mayor, city council, and all other legislative and executive offices of power within the city of the constituting the seat of Government of the
Section 4: The District shall be annexed into the State referred to in section 1, except for needful buildings lawfully under the control of the
Section 5: No Person shall take up permanent residence within the District after the annexation.
Section 6: If this article of amendment is ratified by the State of
Section 7: Sections 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 shall take effect upon completion of the next Census following the ratification of this article.
Section 8: Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
Commentary on this proposed amendment:
It isn’t right that some citizens of the
George Washington made a deal with Alexander Hamilton to expand the size of D.C. so that
Most of the Founders never intended that ordinary citizens would take up permanent residence in the District. If they do, they have no constitutional right to self-government (except to vote for 3 Presidential Electors, as stated in the 23rd amendment), but should be governed solely by Congress. Congress cannot properly abdicate their authority to a city government. All of the complaining about the sovereignty of D.C. ignores the Constitution. Article I, section 8, clause 16 makes it clear:
The Congress shall have Power… To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District… the Seat of the Government of the
In fact, the only reason why we even need a Constitutional amendment for this is because the 23rd amendment needs to be repealed. The rest of it could just be passed through by Congress and either the state of
Let’s get the residents of D.C. out of the mess that they’re in and get them into an existing state so that they can have the same rights as all other Americans without ignoring the Constitution or further damaging the Republic. We need to move quickly on this in order to get it done before the 2010 Census.
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