Our 51st State?

Closing thought–28Jan21

For years I have been writing about the fact that there is a place here in the continental United States that has no representation in DC.

That is the region we have called the District of Columbia.

Well finally there is a move to make the District the 51st state……

“There’s never been a time when statehood for the District was more likely,” Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton said Wednesday after reintroducing a bill for statehood for Washington, DC in the House. Holmes, a Democrat, is DC’s only representative in Congress and since the district isn’t a state, she doesn’t have voting rights. The bill, which passed a House vote last year, was also introduced by Senate Democrats led by Delaware Sen. Tom Carper, the Hill reports. It would give DC—which has 700,000 residents, more than Vermont or Wyoming—full representation in Congress and authority on local issues.

Norton said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has committed to bringing statehood up for another vote. President Biden has voiced support for statehood, but unless Democrats end the filibuster, the legislation has no chance of passing the Senate, NBC reports. The district is heavily Democratic—Biden took 92% of the vote in November—so the Senate’s 50 Democrats would be unlikely to get 10 Republicans to vote in favor of statehood. Advocates including Carper, however, say the issue of fair representation for DC should not be partisan. They also note that if DC was a state with the power to activate its National Guard, there might have been a faster response to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot

I say it is about time that the people of DC get the representation they deserve.

But let us not forget that there are other regions that the US claims that also has little representation…..like Puerto Rico.

Could this lead to the long awaited recognition and representation?

What about other regions?  Like US Virgin Islands or Guam for instance.

Thoughts?

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

Civis 101–US Constitution

These days I seems to me that the American people need to get a better knowledge of our government and no better place to start the US Constitution.

I have found that there is a serious lack of knowledge on the workings of our government….many like to reference the Constitution of the United States when trying to make their point….but usually are ill informed about the document.

This series will attempt to reintroduce the reader to Civics and the working of government……I shall begin with the US Constitution…..the document that started this republic on the road we travel.

I would like to thank teachingamericanhistory.org for this post on the Constitution.

We present below the text of the Constitution as ratified in 1787. Text in blue has been superseded or altered by subsequent Amendments to the Constitution as indicated.

 
Too many people spend time using the Constitution without having the foggiest idea what the document contains.
 
If you want to use the Constitution to make your point then maybe  knowledge of the document is called for.
 
And that knowledge should include the amendments to the Constitution….the Bill of Rights…..
 
The Bill of Rights is the first 10 Amendments to the Constitution. It spells out Americans’ rights in relation to their government. It guarantees civil rights and liberties to the individual—like freedom of speech, press, and religion. It sets rules for due process of law and reserves all powers not delegated to the Federal Government to the people or the States. And it specifies that “the enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.”
 
Be Smart!
 
Learn Stuff!
 
I Read, I Write, You Know
 
“lego ergo scribo”
 

“Unity”

Now here is a word that is getting a workout.

I personally am tired of the redundancy.

A wishful thinking at best.

We now have a new president and the hard work to heal the country will begin.

That is the narrative that the Biden admin is trying to get the country to embrace.

In an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union” program on Sunday, Biden’s incoming chief of staff, Ron Klain, made it clear that all those who conspired with Trump to overturn the election, including Republican Senators Josh Hawley (Missouri) and Ted Cruz (Texas), would be welcome at inauguration proceedings on January 20.

Klain told host Jake Tapper that it was “more important” that those who attended the inauguration listen to the “message Joe Biden will have for the country… and that’s going to be the message of moving this country forward. It’s a message of unity. It’s a message of getting things done.”

Klain added, “There are people in both parties we can work with to move this agenda forward.” He said that Republicans might “disagree with us on a lot of things, on tax policy, health care, whatever. But we are going to try to work hard with people in both parties.”

A fine sentiment and is needed…..however I think that it is just that….a sentiment….

Can this nation truly heal from the Trump debacle that some call his presidency?

Seriously?

About 34% of the American people approve of the Trump presidency…that breaks down to about 3 in 10 people support Trump….that does not sound like any unity is on the horizon..

In case your math sucks…..that is about one third of the nation.

Sorry but the wish for unity is an idle hope that is far from reality.

In his inauguration speech Biden used the word “unity” several times….

“The rise of political extremism, white supremacy, domestic terrorism, that we must confront and will defeat.” It “requires so much more than words. It requires the most elusive of all things in democracy: unity. Unity.”

I know many Americans are calling for unity and hoping we can come together in a rainbow and unicorn moment….it ain’t happening people!

All the division that Trump fed in this country is still there.  About 47% of American still worship the ground he walks on….do you think they will have a change of heart?

I do not!

His presidential pardons have released the people that will be most influential to him in his future endeavors….whatever those will be.

Take Congress…he still has Trump loyalists still in place to do his bidding.

I mean even the GOP is split on Trump….if Trump makes good on his mode of revenge the formation a “Patriots Party” the GOP could be destroyed from within.

I have wanted to see the Republicans find a new path but I do not think the Trump Road is the way to go….although the party has been heading in the Trump direction since 1980.

Unity is just another word for nothing else to use.

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

“For The People Act”

A new admin is now in control and the first thing the Dems did in the House was to re-introduce the For The People Act” (H.R.1)…..

But what is it?

To expand Americans’ access to the ballot box, reduce the influence of big money in politics, strengthen ethics rules for public servants, and implement other anti-corruption measures for the purpose of fortifying our democracy, and for other purposes.

Read the whole proposed bill here…..https://www.congress.gov/bill/117th-congress/house-bill/1/text

Democratic leaders who will soon take charge of the U.S. Senate announced Tuesday that the For the People Act—a far-reaching package of democracy reforms—will be the first bill introduced, a clear signal of the incoming majority’s top priorities.

“From a violent insurrection at the Capitol to the countless attempts to silence the vote of millions of Americans, attacks on our democracy have come in many forms,” said incoming Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.). “Senate Democrats are committed to advancing real solutions and fighting to uphold the core tenets of our constitution, which is why we are announcing today that the first bill of the new Congress will be the For the People Act.”

Schumer’s remarks came in a joint statement with Sens. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), the bill’s lead sponsor, Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), who vowed that “as the incoming chair of the Rules Committee, which has jurisdiction over federal elections, a number one priority will be to make voting easier and more secure and to halt the flood of special interest and dark money that is drowning out the voices of the American people.”

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2021/01/19/senate-democrats-prove-democracy-reform-top-priority-putting-people-act-first

I love the sentiment but how far do you think this will go….especially in branch that is owned by big money and lobbyists?

Watch This Blog!

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”