“State of Washington, Douglass Commonwealth”: House Democrats Set To Approve D.C.. As The 51st State

The House Democrats, with the support of President Joe Biden, are put to vote to approve the institution of the”State of Washington,” Douglass Commonwealth” as our 51st country today. I’d surfaced and written concerning D.C. statehood for decades and, as mentioned in a recent column, I think the best interests of both the country and the district inhabitants is found in retrocession, not statehood.
As mentioned earlier, there has been relatively little debate of this bill from the House, in which perfunctory hearings hurried it into the ground. What was lacking by design from the House was any acknowledgment, let alone consideration, of choices to creating the first Vatican-like city-state from the country. Most importantly, there wasn’t any discussion of what district citizens could gain from an alternate to statehood — retrocession.
The tragedy is that people have not ever had a full and honest discussion of the alternatives for securing full symbolic rights for district citizens. There’s very little interest in using this type of federal discussion or submitting this question to the Republicans in the form of a constitutional amendment. Polls show the majority of Americans still oppose D.C. statehood as they have for decades despite both well-funded campaigns and overwhelming support from the media.  There has always nevertheless been a pathway to full representational standing through retrocession. Additionally, there are opposing views on if a constitutional amendment is justified and, needless to say, the taste of some to keep the initial intention of the Framers in the building of”national city” that isn’t controlled by any nation.
The bill isn’t likely to be successful at the Senate and we will get rid of another year without a civil and full discussion of these options. On the contrary, it will fail and deepen our divisions while supporting calls for murdering the filibuster rule.  The politics stays exactly the same as does the status of the district.