On Friday afternoon, 8/19/16, Donald Trump gave another significant policy speech, some are calling a landmark speech, that addresses the long term affect of Democratic Party polices on the African-American population in the U.S., what he would do to correct the damage done to them and the potential of a renewed relationship with an evolving Republican Party.
Donald Trump’s Lincolnesque Moment by David Horowitz, 8/19/16
The full speech can be found here: https://youtu.be/UJQfj78Pu-4
I’ve been living in northern Virginia, and working in and around Washington, DC (including Maryland and Virginia), for eleven years now. Ever since I’ve been here, this has been an on again, off again topic of discussion by politicians and media types. Their license plates on their cars proclaim, ‘TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION.’ Yet, they choose to live there.
When Washington, DC was first formed, it was a ten mile by ten mile square carved out from Maryland (2/3 north of the Potomac River) and Virginia (1/3 south of the Potomac). Then, for reasons related to the slavery issue and the fact that almost all of the federal government was built up north of the Potomac, by a 1791 amendment to the 1790 Residence Act which created the District of Columbia, the Virginia portion was retroceded back to Virginia, after many hurdles were overcome, in 1847. If one looks at a current map, you can still see the original ten by ten mile outline, as the western boundary’s of Arlington County, VA and Alexandria, VA together, along with Washington DC, on the Maryland side of the Potomac, reflect the original shape of the federal district.
There have been many attempts made to retrocede back the current non-federal areas of the district to Maryland, ranging from all of it, to carving out the federal properties as a federal district (e.g., White House, Capitol, Supreme Court, adjacent federal office buildings, mall/monuments, military posts) and returning all other land to Maryland. In Virginia, this situation already exists where the Pentagon and Arlington Cemetery are federal properties within the retroceded area, formerly part of Washington DC.
This would give full voting rights to the vast majority of current residents, as Maryland residents. They would gain the vote for the two Maryland US Senators, voting representation in the US House, along with voting for a president. Currently, district residents vote for three presidential electors to the electoral college and have a non-voting representative to the US House.
While there have been legislative attempts to restore voting representation in the US House, this would still not afford the residents with a vote for senators. The statehood initiatives are almost too ridiculous to fathom. Large states like California, New York, Texas and Illinois will not ultimately go for this. Why would a state with tens of millions of residents ever agree to giving a city, with a population of 650,000, the same US Senate representation, of two U S Senators, as they have?
To me, the only answer is to retrocede the residential and commercial areas back to Maryland. They would then pay Maryland taxes and vote in Maryland elections. Just as Virginia residents of Arlington County and Alexandria City/County have since 1847. As an aside, the federal district license plates would be federal government plates and the residents, of whatever they want call the new Maryland city/county, would have Maryland plates.
To achieve retroceding the non-federal government areas back to Maryland would require overcoming may hurdles, some legislative, some local, some constitutional. Then, Maryland might not even want it. There is a good Wikipedia page that covers this topic, with links to related topics, at: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/District_of_Columbia_retrocession
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