51 State Strategy
by freedc, Wed Jan 03, 2007 at 05:45:39 AM EST
I started drafting a long diary for Daily Kos making my case for why the time is right to push for statehood for the District of Columbia. But first, I wanted to air it out here.
I won't put the whole thing here, but suffice it to say, we need to fix this problem, and half-assed solutions like retrocession to Maryland or the Davis compromise that gives us a temporary vote (along w/Utah, who just missed gaining a seat in the last census) or various other limited voting rights measures.
There are a host of arguments why it's the right thing to do.
There are a host of arguments why it's feasible.
There are a host of arguments why it's good for Democrats, even if we throw in a big bone for Republicans as a compromise.
The big question is timing. Can Democrats maket his push now? How much do we need to prepare Americans before we proposing adding a new star to our flag? Or as I would phrase it, is the United States of America ready for democracy? After all, it's not the country's gift to DC, but God's gift to Mankind. Is the "Democratic" Party ready to live up to its name?
Who's with me on getting a real, serious project going?