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Old August 1 2012, 07:57 PM   #53
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Re: Is the Federation a True Democracy? And How Did It Reach That Poin

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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.
I will say that the District of Columbia should be entitled to a self local government that isn't answerable to a body that is elected by people outside of their constituientcy and usually changes every two years, yes.

If that means making them part of Maryland/Virginia respectively then I don't see the big deal. I am against them getting full benefits of statehood, mainly representation beyond what they have in Congress.

Though on the flip side, 600,000 people getting three electoral votes is a nice perk.
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