As the Obama health care takeover grinds to a conclusion, (or not) there has been much focus on expanding health care as if it were a right denied. In truth, your right is not to have health care, but to have the choice of how to provide or not provide for your health. This bill seeks to take this away. Dictating behavior, fining, taxing all seem like very much akin to a police state mode — if not Mussolini then perhaps Franco. Maybe, I'm too naive to be scared or perhaps since I've lived (very shortly — thank goodness) in a police state, I know where this is headed. Still, this talk of rights strikes a chord
Are there rights being denied today? Are constitutional rights granted to all American citizens being abridged? Strangely enough, steps away from where the anointed one lays his head, there are Americans who had no voice in the recent health care vote in Congress. If you live in the District of Columbia, you have nothing but a non-voting delegate to represent you. To translate that in airy Obamaspeak, the voice of these people was not heard. Some might think this a paltry issue. If, over half a million Americans with no democratic participation in the debate about the travesty of Obamacare is paltry then America is truly off course. Popular representation is the sole reason this country exists. If that is violated or ignored, this country is betraying the main reason why it was set up in the first place.
Now, in our wonderful technologically advanced society, the Internet has given us many opportunities to express opinion. However, as the old saw goes, everyone talks about the weather, but no one does anything about it. Well, why don't we do something about it. Instead of Obamacare creating complicated, budget-busting, new "rights" to say nothing of the threat of prosecution if you don't abide by your new "rights," why don't we work on the rights recognized by Washington, Adams, Hamilton and Jefferson. Let's put out a plan to help bring those into the tent set up by Washington, Madison, Jefferson, Hamilton and Adams. They've been waiting over 200 years. So, let's hit the practical then the political.
Certainly, D.C. is small relative to other states. So you could attach it to neighboring states like Maryland or Virginia to provide representation. Actually, the southern part of the District was taken back by Virginia in 1847, so Maryland could take northern portion that exists today. However, since the Constitution mandates a Federal seat of government, regardless of what you do you'll need to carve out an area (probably around the White House, Capitol and Supreme Court) that is run by the federal government itself, perhaps by the Dept. of the Interior.