Statehood for D.C. is unconstitutional
Regarding legislation shrinking Washington, D.C., to a handful of federal buildings and creating a 51st state from the remaining area, Democrats are using an unconstitutional scheme to rig congressional elections and gain two additional U.S. senators from a constituency which voted 92% for Biden.
Granting statehood violates the U.S. Constitution’s Article IV, Section 3, which says that any new state created from the territory of an existing state requires that state’s permission to come into existence.
Since D.C. was created from Maryland, a change in its status also requires Maryland’s permission, which hasn’t happened.
Also, Article I, Section 8, Clause 17, of the Constitution makes the entire existing U.S. capital a district directly under Congress’s control.
It says that Congress shall have the power “To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the Acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States.”
Finally, D.C. statehood violates the 23rd Amendment, which, in allowing D.C. three electoral votes, recognized D.C. as a small existing seat of government, and thus a constitutional amendment is required to change the existing capital’s status in any way.
Because America is a federal and constitutional republic, not a democracy, the Founding Fathers recognized the importance of a capital beyond the confines or influence of any state. Thus, D.C cannot be located within the new state.
If the Senate doesn’t stop statehood, the Supreme Court must.
Request a ballot, then vote for Saeed
May 11 is the deadline to request a mail-in ballot for the Niskayuna school board election if you want your ballot mailed back to you.
As a parent of students, I encourage everyone to vote. Those who are not comfortable going out because of covid should know that they can vote by mail this year.
To request an absentee ballot, please email or call the district.
I also want to endorse Aliya Saeed as the kind of strong, independent candidate who I am excited to vote for. I have admired Aliya for many years as a community volunteer.
Aliya is a physician and board-certified psychiatrist and past president of the local American Psychiatric Association chapter, the leader of a local student internship program focused on public service, and the kind of advocate we want in our corner. She will help the board keep focused on mental health as we emerge from covid isolation.
She has an eight-point plan to increase transparency for the annual budget process and experience providing oversight for a capital project. Join me and vote for Aliya Saeed by mail (you must request a ballot) or on May 18 at the high school.
Strong conservative women maligned
In a recent Letter to the Editor, “Joy and Stefanik are lap dogs; Wait on Cuomo,” the author took an opportunity to malign two strong conservative women while defending a man that has been accused by no less than 10 women of sexual misconduct.
Firstly, Mrs. Joy had absolutely no role in the events at the Capital on Jan. 6th. All Mrs. Joy did was attend a rally for the sitting President of the United States, along with hundreds of thousands of other peaceful Americans, and was not even aware of the violence, or that Capitol doors had been breached until late afternoon.
She learned of it as she and a friend walked to the bus station to head back home. She also gave multiple interviews to local reporters from the bus that day.
Moreover, Rep. Stefanik’s vote not to certify the election is hardly outside the norms of our Republic. Since 2000, every time a Republican has won the White House, Democrats have voted not to certify the election results, yet those times were not seen as an attack on democracy? What is really appalling about the author’s rant is that he decided to compare two honorable women, whom he happens to disagree with and dislike, to dogs! He should have been comparing his buddy Cuomo to the pig that he is!
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