It appears that House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer may be putting the DC Voting Rights Act on the back burner to simmer – signaling that DC Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton’s attempt to extort pro-rights supporters to abandon basic constitutional rights for DC residents through a threat of a bad “Civil Rights” rating for not voting for “clean” bill free of a gun rights amendment, has failed. Hoyer has not signaled that he is completely giving up – saying he expects a bill to pass and be signed by the president by the end of the year – he apparently is just adjusting his timetable to later rather than sooner.
In her letter to the “Blue Dogs” Norton claims that racism is to blame for members of her own party historically opposing “Home Rule” for residents of DC. Scream racism when all else fails.
I’m not going to get in to what people I did not know were thinking 30, 50 or 150 years ago. I think we can all agree we have some things in our nation’s history that most people today are not proud of – things that were products of the times in which they occurred. What I do know is Norton and those pushing for a D.C .member in the House conveniently forget that Article I, Section 2 of the Constitution explicitly states:
The House of Representatives shall be composed of Members chosen every second Year by the People of the several States…(emphasis added)
D.C. is a frigging federal district – a city – NOT A STATE!!! So is it asking too much that if we are going to violate the Constitution to give D.C. representation in the House, that we should at least recognize the right of self defense that is enshrined in the Bill of Rights?