Friday, March 5, 2010

No Congressional Seat for DC!

S.160 and HR.157 (A bill to provide the District of Columbia a voting seat and the State of Utah an additional seat in the House of Representatives) would make the District of Columbia a congressional district.

Article I of the US Constitution clearly states, "The House of Representatives shall be composed of Members chosen every second Year by the People of the several States....The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State...."

Clearly, S.160 and HR.157 violate Article I of the US Constitution because the District of Columbia is not a State and was never intended to be a State. The fact that these bills have been introduced is prima facie evidence that congressmen do not care what the Constitution says. These bills must be rejected based on their unconstitutionality.

On taking office, every Senator takes the following oath:
I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.

Congressmen (as far as has been disclosed to the public) do not take an oath to any political ideology, political party, party leader, king, or president. They take an oath to "support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic." Yet, here they go, violating the Constitution!

This legislation is a perfect example of why we commoners are fed up with our arrogant and out-of-touch representation in Washington DC.

S.160 and HR.157 must be defeated overwhelmingly. I also oppose any effort to amend the Constitution to give The District of Columbia a seat in Congress. No State, including Utah, needs another congressman enough to justify violating or amending the US Constitution!

1 comment:

  1. Today, I received a letter from Utah's Senator Orin Hatch, one of the sponsors of S.160. Although the language in the Constitution is very specific about representatives coming only from the States, the senator still claims that having representatives come from the District of Columbia (which is not a state) is constitutional. He also justifies this legislation by saying Utah needs another representative (even though the 2000 Census said, "no"). Utah does not need a fourth representative enough to justify violating the Constitution. This legislation is just one more unconstitutional bill that lets the camel's nose unto the tent -- the camel being the complete overthrow of our constitutional republic. I am deeply disappointed and angered that one of my own senators is so willing to toss out the Constitution. I am struggling, unsuccessfully, to find a good reason to support his reelection. If only voters in other States were so insistent on compliance with the Constitution.