L. Neil Smith's
THE LIBERTARIAN ENTERPRISE
Number 202, December 9, 2002
LIVING IN INFAMY
Special to TLE
Well, I'm not one to leave well enough alone. People don't run for office if they don't think they have better ideas than the people who are already there, and on that score I am surely no different.
There has been a great deal of talk for the last several years on the subject of Statehood for the District of Columbia. I think that that is a thoroughly awful idea. In addition to its microscopic geography, and complete lack of any practical resources, it is a hotbed of liberal Democratic sentiment. It would be bad enough to send two more Democrats to the U.S. Senate, but the typical D.C. politician makes Senators like Tom Daschle and John Kerry seem positively moderate. On the other hand, it remains a national embarrassment that half a million American citizens are denied a voice in the People's House. The Twenty-third Amendment, which granted DC residents three electors for President was a small step in the right direction, but Statehood would be a huge step in the wrong direction.
In the interests of full disclosure, I think now would be a good time to point out that I am in favor of Statehood for Puerto Rico. It is long overdue. Democrat, Republican, Libertarian, or Green, two new delegates from America's last colony deserve their place in the United States Senate. (But Senator Marion Barry? Senator Jesse Jackson? Please. We might as well elect Senator Fidel Castro and Senator Robert Mugabe.)
On the other hand, the people of DC, and also those of Guam, Saipan, Samoa, and all across the Pacific deserve their voice in their government. Toward that end, then, I propose that DC cash in its three Presidential Electors (as granted by the Twenty-third Amendment), in favor of a more equitable arrangement for all Americans outside of the Several States. To wit:
Do I think that would quell the campaign for DC Statehood? Not likely. Nevertheless, it is still the right thing to do. From the Marianas to the Virgin Islands, all Americans deserve to be heard. Taxation without representation is tyranny. For that matter, taxation with representation isn't so terrific either, but at least this way people will have a little more say in their own destiny.
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