1.08.2009

They Hate Us For Our Freedom

This morning the the Washington Examiner reported that the city council might consider legislation to make the "Taxation Without Representation" license plates mandatory on all DC registered vehicles.

Via DCist:

"The measure, offered by Ward 1 Councilman Jim Graham and co-sponsored by seven of his colleagues, would require all plates issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles to bear the city’s rallying cry for congressional voting rights. The only exemptions would be for organizational and vintage plates."

Jim, I love you but sometimes you piss me off. Let me get this straight. One day you were looking around DC, and despite all the shit that's wrong with this city (check out the last 6 years of posts on this blog if you're having trouble thinking of some some examples), you zoned in on the other set of plates that display the DC website, http://www.dc.gov/, instead of "Taxation Without Representation" and thought, "Traitors! Traitors to the Cause! This cannot stand!"

I personally haven't settled my mind on whether DC should be granted full voting rights in the House of Representatives (and I'm sure some of you are dying to argue with me about that and I welcome that, I really do). I tend to think they (we) shouldn't, but I'm no longer completely sold on the argument that "it's because the Constitution says so." At one time, citizens in the District were prohibited from voting in Presidential elections. That was changed in 1961 by the Twenty-Third Amendment.

On the other hand, if you bend the rules for DC, you have to bend it for Guam, the Virgin (giggidy) Islands, and American Samoa to name a few. I don't want Guam hanging around. Guam smells.

Then there's the extremist view that DC should be granted full statehood and two Senate seats. To me, that's kinda out there.

DC has survived hundreds of years with out a vote in Congress. It already receives earmarks and a shit load of subsidies for Metro. Hell, it even has its very own appropriations bill in Congress.

We've got this DC Voting Rights Act that's been reintroduced in the 111th Congress. I realize that getting that beast enacted has been as hard as Bob Dole's Viagra induced erections. But Jimbo, things are different now. Why don't we wait to see if fantasy Congresswoman Eleanore Holmes Norton is allowed to sit at the cool kids table before we start ramping up the rhetoric.

And if we're going to start dictating what government propaganda should be displayed on license plates, I'd like to see some options like, "Don't Drink the Tap Water," or "The Bitch Set Me Up," or "This Car is Probably Stolen," or "Gentrification! It's a (Race) Riot!"

You see where this is going, Jimbo? Where does it end if the Voting Rights bill is passed? What will be our collective's next social cause, oh great and wise leader? I'm asking because I need the government to tell me what to think.

11 comments:

  1. Funny, I was thinking of writing about this topic, too. And I'll add to your thoughts later.

    I agree w/ you about statehood for D.C. It's akin to fixing a burnt lightbulb w/ a hammer. The proposed solution is vastly disproportionate to the "problem."

    When I lived in D.C., I had the "liberal" plates but now that I'm a silver dollar's throw across the Potomac, I've seen the light.

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  2. And the proposal to give Utah and additional representative (in exchange for a voting representative for D.C.) sounds like a race-based solution.... It's ridiculous.

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  3. Krystal KoonsJanuary 08, 2009

    I think we've got room to dicker here. Two senators for D.C. and, like, FIVE for Texas.

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  4. ok, lets get this party started.

    DC is not Guam, and probably smells worse. but it is part of the US and has been since the get go. the argument against voting rights in the district is based on a technicality. as full US citizens, district residents should be represented. what form that takes is up for grabs.

    trading for a seat in Utah is just a way to get the GOP to go along with it. plus the bill is worded to that when seats are redistributed as they are based on population the seats may move and will be distributed proportionally.

    you do make a good point in that Graham should be able to find bigger fish to fry.

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  5. You lost me with "Jim, I love you"

    Recent posts complaining about light pollution, a memorial in Pentagon City and now a city councilman wasting his time?


    What's next, a post how lame the height restrictions are?

    Step it up for chrissakes.

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  6. James, please email me... kingfriday13@gmail.com

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  7. So far, the discussion here has revolved around the "representation" portion of the phrase "taxation without representation."

    Let us not forget that this nation was forged in the fires started by taxation without representation!

    Forget about representation. Do away with the federal income tax for DC residents, and this will be a non-issue.

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  8. I would pay extra to have "Bitch set me up" on my license plate.

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  9. So far, the discussion here has revolved around the "representation" portion of the phrase "taxation without representation."

    Let us not forget that this nation was forged in the fires started by taxation without representation!

    Forget about representation. Do away with the federal income tax for DC residents, and this will be a non-issue.

    --THAT WOULD BE AN "EXCELLENT" WAY TO GENTRIFY THE ENTIRE CITY. SERIOUSLY. YOU'RE PLAYING WITH FIRE.

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  10. DC has a number of organizational tags, similar to the college sports tags you see in other states. I am white (surprise, living in Tenleytown and all), but I qualify for the National Association of Black Scuba Divers plate:

    http://www.dcplates.com/assets/OrgUAS.jpg

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  11. "(surprise, living in Tenleytown and all)"

    I live east of 6th St NW and North of Mass Ave, and I'm white.

    SURPRISE!

    Everything west of Conn. Ave should be given back to MD, including the residents.

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