Cal Thomas: Vote on DC statehood – what's behind the House Dems' cynical action

In the latest of many cynical and highly political moves, the House of Representatives last week passed a measure that would transform the District of Columbia and make it the 51st state.

“DC,” as it is often abbreviated by locals, is already a “state.” It is a state of corruption, crime and dysfunction.

The only reason Democrats favor the nation’s capital becoming a state is that it would gain two senators, who would almost certainly be Democrats and its “delegate,” Eleanor Holmes Norton, could then vote in the House. Currently, she can only participate in committee hearings with the permission of the chairperson.

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The Founders specifically prohibited the District from becoming a state, but who listens to them anymore as rioters deface and pull down some of their statues and liberal judges rewrite the Constitution to conform to the spirit of the age?

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As Time magazine has noted: “…the lack of statehood for the capital is enshrined in the Constitution. Article 1, Section 8, Clause 17 of the document reads, ‘The Congress shall have Power To …exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over

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