Democrats campaigned last fall on making the District of Columbia a state. Unfortunately for Democrats, the U.S. Constitution stands in the way. 


Some Democrats would like to have you believe that the case for D.C. Statehood is akin to Puerto Rican statehood, but it’s not. When it comes to D.C. statehood, it’s clear that this nothing more than an attempt to pack the Senate and House with an army of far-left-wing Democrats.

The case against D.C. statehood on the constitutional merits is an open-and-shut case: You can’t do it. It may be possible to annex parts of D.C. to Virginia and Maryland, but granting statehood to the city of D.C. would not pass constitutional muster. In Article I, Section 8 powers, the “enumerated powers” of the federal government, make D.C. the seat of the federal government. On the list is the power to “exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square)” and “become the Seat of the Government of the United States.” This is called the “Enclave Clause,” because it is the provision that sets down D.C. as the enclave, or home, for the federal government.

Our Founding Founders saw the District as one being run by the federal government and independent of any state’s authority. As quoted in The Heritage Foundation Guide to the Constitution, James Madison in Federalist 43, explained that “the indispensable necessity of complete authority at the seat of government carries its own evidence with it.” In other words, if the federal government became dependent on a state, that could lead to “proceedings interrupted with impunity.” He also worried that a state housing the federal government would have more influence than other states creating an imbalance of power. It would be virtually impossible to carve out parts of the city of D.C. and leave a small portion to the federal government in a way that would pass constitutional scrutiny.

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  • devildemocommiecrats don't care what the Constitution says and haven't for decades!!!!!!!!!!

  • the government is out of control.

  • The Seat of the federal government is not to have the same sense of participatory state sovereignty that the various states have. That means specifically a Senate vote the Progressive loons crave terribly. Get the impression that a sovereign city state like the Vatican is intended, that governs all other states, as Rome did? That is a suspicion of mine anyway.

  • It absolutely cannot be allowed to happen, but this is another case that I fear (if H.R. 1 passes through the Senate) it will happen.  How many people in this country have even read, let alone, understand the Constitution?  Or, if they have read it, give it any credence?  I don't think many people have.

    • If it does pass like you are afraid, then all  stupid democrats which are all of them will believe it to be true.

    • When I went to school we were required to pass a civics exam to get our High school diploma... we memorized the Pre-Amble and had a thorough discussion of the Federalist Papers and every article and amendment to the Constitution... We also studied the State's Constitution.   I was blessed to have a very good public education... in the '50s before the Marxist took over our public schools.

    • I think now the communist manifesto replaced the Federalist Papers as being what we go by now.

    • It is interesting alright. 

      But I dare you to try to read Marxs' "Das Capital". I dare you.

      You will long for blindness.

    • Yes, every senior in my school had to take this mandatory class. Now if I mention a civics class to a school kid or some adults that are younger than me they just give me a blank look and say they never heard of such a thing. They don't even know what I'm talking about. It's no wonder people are so uninformed about the workings of the government. They think everything is within the power of the president to do. They get mad at the president whenever things do or don't get passed etc. They don't realize just how little sometimes the president can do. If I try to explain it to them they think I'm finding excuses for the president.

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