Would somebody please give Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC), her crayons back?
On Thursday, AOC participated in a hearing about whether or not Washington, DC should be granted statehood. According to AOC, the reason D.C. doesn’t have statehood – or a voice in federal elections – is because of “disenfranchisement” and slavery.
AOC: “I wish that upon no citizen of the United States of America. Where the disenfranchisement of Puerto Ricans was rooted in the colonialist and imperialistic history that we’ve had in policies of the United States, the issue of D.C. statehood is rooted in a different evil in our history, which is the history of slavery in the United States.”
“It is a profound injustice and a thick irony of our history that the people who fled here to the District of Columbia to free slavery because of the enlightenment of this community are now disenfranchised,” she said.
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I wonder if the calculation here is political? A new liberal state with two liberal senators and a few liberal congresspeople. Feels a little bit like their electoral college argument and their voter suppression arguments. It sounds like AOC and Nancy are trying to right an injustice, but I’m thinking, no.
DC was the 1st territory in the United States to free the enslaved.
It’s where Black Americans fled the tyranny of slavery & towards greater freedom, to DC. Yet today it’s where 2nd class citizenship reigns, and the right to vote is denied.
It’s time to recognize DC statehood. https://t.co/AkfaRHw38C
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) September 19, 2019
DC has more voting rights than Puerto Rico ever has, though She Guevara probably doesn’t know this because that wouldn’t fit her agenda. Returning DC to Maryland is the proper response and would be sufficient. But that wouldn’t give the Demagogues a pair of Senators.
There is no excuse for allowing 700,000 American citizens to go without representation in Congress simply because they live in Washington, DC. It’s time to finally grant #DCStatehood https://t.co/5RbMUm8JoH
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) September 19, 2019
Does anybody realize that there are “requirements” for application for Statehood? The 1st one is: that it must be self-supporting. DC gets ALL, let me repeat that ALL it’s money from the Federal Government. Taxes collected, property, sales tax, other taxes are figured in the Congressional Appropriations to run the District. They have no other source of revenue. There is more; you can look it up. The voters are not disenfranchised; they can and do vote. They also have all the rights of any Federal Possession or Territory under the Constitution.
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Let me also add, DC was deliberately intended to never be a State by design. It certainly neither qualifies for nor should be awarded Statehood. If the locals have some beef with this, split it along the Potomac and return administration of the land from the two states from which it was taken, Maryland and Virginia.
If you want to be truthful about it, DC happens to be one of the most Democrat-dominated, corrupt, and crime-infested places in America. AOC’s use of the words “colonialist” and “imperialist” is proof that she is an America-hating Socialist.
May she lose her seat in Congress as quickly as possible.
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