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Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Autocratic For The People: Edition 1

Here at CCM we have a few ideas of issues of recurrent interest to our staff of writer and editor. One of those issues is the outrageous lack of democratic self-determination accorded citizens of Our Nation's Capital. Some of you may not realize it, but permanent DC residents have no voting in representation in Congress. Worse yet, members of Congress elected by the rest of you have absolute power over our budgets and laws. They have an awful habit of nullifying our laws through the most autocratic of means, and we really can't do much about it.

I'll have a lot to say in the future about DC's subjugation by politicians who regard us as subjects in their social laboratories.

For now, let me just give some props to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe for sticking up for us little guys.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Check out the NYT editorial on a federal court overturning a DC ordinance to restrict passage of dangerous train cargos through the District. A chemical explosion, such as could be easily caused by terrorists, would wipe out tens of thousands, including national government leaders, but the court held that the ordinance was an unacceptable restriction on interstate commerce. (So does that bit of autocracy count as judicial activism, or passivism, or just dumbism?)

7/06/2005 5:21 PM  
Blogger Jonah B. Gelbach said...

i posted on this the other day. i actually think the court was probably right...which is why Congress should step up to the plate.

thanks for reading, and thanks for the comment.

7/06/2005 5:26 PM  
Blogger strategery4 said...

This must be even more galling in light of the Administration's latest rhetoric about rejecting old policies (in the Middle East, at Yalta, etc.) that favored order over democracy and supposedly produced neither.

I say you organize a vote in DC for a real representative, have everybody stick their fingers in purple ink and see how the Repubs deal with it. (Please, no shadow Senators, though -- just have a mock vote in the Maryland race.)

7/07/2005 10:27 AM  

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