District of Columbia Statehood and Dying without Representation | James Pat Guerrero
Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton of the District of Columbia has a semi-point. The thesis: why have men who have naturalized from the District of Columbia and have died for their country in the past four wars been taxed, like any other state in the union, without representation? In other words, the District is taxed without being a state in the union. In this C-SPAN video clip (about three minutes) she developed a lineage of military people who have died or who have distinguished themselves in high military status.
Time imagines that there is a reason why the District of Columbia has not become a state. One of them might be that according to the Constitution of the United States, there is to be a federal district designated to be the nation’s Capital, and that federal district is the present District of Columbia. This District is to be exclusively governed by the U.S. Legislature. In answer to Ms. Norton’s point, if military people who have been born in this district died for their country or have distinguished themselves, they have done so defending the Constitution of the United States because they have taken an oath to defend the Constitution of the United States. The following quote is taken from the U.S. Constitution.
Clause 17. Congress shall have 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 Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings. http://law.onecle.com/constitution/article-1/48-district-of-columbia.html
To see the clipped video: http://www.c-span.org/video/?c4495168/del-eleanor-holmes-norton-dc-statehood