Topic: "Three Votes Short" (3)
Not long ago, a neighbor of George W. Bush, the current resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, was killed in Iraq. The young man was buried just across the Potomac River at the Arlington National Cemetery, in Arlington, Virginia. Frodo could make a significant comment or two about the fact that it might have been "prudent" for Bush to have attended the services or the funeral, since they were both held within a mile of his residence. Let us leave that point for another time, in order to comment on the fact that the young man was denied his constitutional rights, and that nobody seems to care.
By a vote of 57-42, the United States Senate decided not to address the issue of voting rights for residents of the District of Columbia. This effectively killed the proposal for the foreseeable future. Frodo notes, at the outset, that both Senators Robert Byrd (D-WV) and Max Baucus (D-MT) voted with the Republicans to deny the plan to add a House Seat in both the District of Columbia and in the State of Utah. Frodo, in this instance, holds these two Senators in the same contemptuous cesspool as that in which the Republicans reside, on a full-time basis.
The arguments are long-winded and pithy. Since the Constitution uses the word "States," that means to some that an Amendment would be required in order to allow residents of the District of Columbia to elect a voting member of the House of Representatives. To others, the predominantly Democratic District of Columbia may then be entitled to two United States Senators, an obvious potential shift in Congressional power. Still others feel that it was the intent of the Founding Fathers to keep the District of Columbia separate from the States, since it was the center of the federal republic.
Not one of the 42 pointed out the fact that the District of Columbia is more than 80% black.
All political arguments aside, Frodo finds it hard to believe that in a land so verbally concerned with human rights, dignity, and the power of government, that the central issue of argument does not dominate. Dear reader, the young man mentioned above, not unlike many others, fought, and he died, for all of us; yet, we, all of us, decided that he didn't deserve the right to vote for his own Member of Congress. That decision includes the entire State of Georgia, since both Senators (Chambliss and Isakson) decided that young man did not deserve the same rights as those of Sam and Frodo. And you, dear reader. How did your Senator vote? Does he or she "support our troops?"
If three more United States Senators had joined Orrin Hatch (R-UT) or Joe Liebermann (?-CT), the last vestige of voting rights denied by law would have ended in this great land.
Tonight Frodo heard that the most recent poll numbers reflect an approval rating of 11% for the Congress of the United States. Frodo wonders how it ever got so high?