The U.S. Senate will debated a resolution, Senate Concurrent Resolution 26, apologizing for slavery and “Jim Crow” today
The resolution reads that the Senate…
Acknowledges the fundamental injustice, cruelty, brutality, and inhumanity of slavery and Jim Crow laws;
Apologizes to African-Americans on behalf of the people of the United States, for the wrongs committed against them and their ancestors who suffered under slavery and Jim Crow laws; and
Expresses its recommitment to the principle that all people are created equal and endowed with inalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, and calls on all people of the United States to work toward eliminating racial prejudices, injustices and discrimination from our society.
A better ending would be something that, oh, I don’t know, extends upon the that “principle that all people are created equal” thing they just talked about.
My recommended language: “…calls on all people the United State to work toward eliminating from our society the prejudices, injustices and discrimination against all people where ever and however it appears.”
Oh well… I guess the queers will get an apology of some sort in 2150 (that is, if we are even treated as full citizens by then).
I feel for D.C. residents. Really, I do. It is a shame that in our Republic the citizens of its capital city are not represented in its legislative bodies.
This week, the U.S. Senate passed a bill that would give one vote in the U.S. House to the representative of the District of Columbia. Currently, Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton has the right to speak, among other actions, but has no vote.
But the Senate-passed bill is likely unconstitutional:
The House of Representatives shall be composed of members chosen every second year by the people of the several states, and the electors in each state shall have the qualifications requisite for electors of the most numerous branch of the state legislature.
No person shall be a Representative who shall not have attained to the age of twenty five years, and been seven years a citizen of the United States, and who shall not, when elected, be an inhabitant of that state in which he shall be chosen.
~U.S. Constitution, Article I, Sec. 2.
There’s no doubt in my mind, at least from what I understand from the reading above, that the Constitution is clear: The members of the House of Representatives must be elected by the people of a state. The District of Columbia is not a state.
Through the harrowing, frightening eight years of the Bush Administration, progressives and Constitution-lovers cringed at the various presidential actions that served to only shred our founding documents. It is a shame that Democrats, now in majority power, seek to do the same thing.
The best way for the citizens of D.C. to gain a vote in Congress is to petition the Congress for statehood. Either that, or seek an amendment to the Constitution allowing a voting member from the capital district. That makes the most sense and it is the most constitutional, ethical and moral means to achieving the goal of fair representation of the District of Columbia’s residents.