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Old August 1 2012, 04:51 PM   #52
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Re: Is the Federation a True Democracy? And How Did It Reach That Poin

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Does the Mayor of Washington DC, the Governor of Colorado (is that right?)and the President of the USA get into jurisdictional pissing contests about control?
But yes, you make a good analogy with that one comparing it to a looser form of the US.
The District of Columbia does have a mayor and city council, but the US Congress maintains supreme authority over the district and may overturn local laws.
And that's a deeply oppressive, un-democratic system that needs to be abolished -- hence, for instance, House Republicans' attempt yesterday to pass a federal law that would ban women in the District of Columbia from seeking an abortion after 20 weeks, with no exceptions for the health of the woman or for cases of rape or incest.

If there's one thing the U.S. does which the Federation should never imitate, it's the practice of denying equal rights and an equal vote to the citizens of its capital. It's nothing less than tyranny.
"Every line of serious work that I have written since 1936 has been written, directly or indirectly, against totalitarianism and for democratic Socialism, as I understand it." - George Orwell, 1946
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