Party Platforms and The District of Columbia

Now that the political parties have adopted their party platforms here’s a rundown of where the parties all stand as it relates to the citizens of the District of Columbia. Those that support statehood are ranked the best and those opposed to statehood and/or are in favor of more meddling into our affairs are ranked the worst. I’m amazed, to be honest, that the party of Mitt Romney is more hostile toward the democratic rights of the citizens of the District than the party of Virgil Goode.

Here’s the party platforms in their own words with my own rankings from best to worst:

Best (Concise Endorsement of Statehood) Green Party: Enact statehood for the District of Columbia. Ensure that residents of the District of Columbia have the same rights and representation as all other U.S. citizens. http://www.gp.org/committees/platform/2012/

Good (On the Cusp of Saying the Word ‘Statehood’) – Democratic Party: Every citizen of the United States is entitled to equal citizenship rights, including the 638,000 residents of the nation’s capital who pay federal taxes without representation. The American citizens who live in Washington, D.C., like the citizens of the 50 states, should have full and equal congressional rights and the right to have the laws and budget of their local government respected without congressional interference. http://www.democrats.org/democratic-national-platform

Neutral (Agnostic) – Libertarian Party: N/A http://www.lp.org/platform

Bad (Not Overtly Hostile Toward other District Policies) – Constitution Party: We oppose any effort to confer statehood on the District of Columbia or any representation in Congress comparable to that of an independent state in the federal union. http://www.constitutionparty.com/party_platform.php

Worst (Openly Hostile, Meddlesome, & Long-winded) – Republican Party: The nation’s capital city, a special responsibility of the federal government, belongs both to its residents and to all Americans, millions of whom visit it every year. Congressional Republicans have taken the lead in efforts to foster homeownership and open access to higher education for Washington residents. Against the opposition of the current President and leaders of the Democratic Party, they have fought to establish, and now to expand, the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program, through which thousands of low-income children have been able to attend a school of their choice and receive a quality education.   D.C.’s Republicans have been in the forefront of exposing and combating the chronic corruption among the city’s top Democratic officials. We join their call for a non-partisan elected Attorney General to clean up the city’s political culture and for congressional action to enforce the spirit of the Home Rule Act assuring minority representation on the City Council. After decades of inept one-party rule, the city’s structural deficit demands congressional attention.

As the center of our government, the District contains many potential targets for terrorist attacks. Federal security agencies should work closely with local officials and regional administrations like the Washington Area Metropolitan Transit Authority. A top priority must be ensuring that all public transportation, especially Metro rails, is functioning in the event of an emergency evacuation. Also, to ensure protection of the fundamental right to keep and bear arms, we call on the governing authority to pass laws consistent with the Supreme Court’s decisions in the District of Columbia v. Heller and McDonald v. Chicago cases, which upheld the fundamental right to keep and bear arms for self-defense.

We oppose statehood for the District of Columbia. http://www.gop.com/2012-republican-platform_Reforming/#Item13

-Josh Burch

unitedforstatehood@gmail.com

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One Response to Party Platforms and The District of Columbia

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