Wednesday’s Washington Post editorial effectively calls on Members of Congress, and even the President, to ignore the arguments there might be about the constitutionality of the latest proposal to give the District of Columbia voting representation in Congress:
The issue of constitutionality is by no means cut and dried. Eminent constitutional scholars of differing political persuasions have weighed in on both sides of the issue. One side points to the Constitution’s Article I, Section 2, which says that the House “shall be composed of Members chosen every second Year by the People of the several States.” Advocates counter with the District clause, which empowers Congress to “exercise exclusive Legislation” over the District.
Ultimately, it will be up to the courts to decide which interpretation is correct. Until then, the House, the Senate — and the president — should do everything they can to bring democracy to the nation’s capital.
Actually, the issue of constitutionality is pretty cut-and-dried. The District Clause argument is a fraud and a sham. The Constitution clearly says that only states have the right to have voting representation in Congress. Any legislation that purports to say otherwise is clearly unconstitutional.
What’s outrageous is the Post Editorial Board’s assertion that Congress and the President should simply ignore the Constitution, let the bill become law, and let the Courts decide. Missing in this equation is that Congressman, Senators, and the President — along with the Justices of the Supreme Court — take an oath to uphold the Constitution. Asking them to knowingly pass a law that is clearly contrary to the provisions of Article II is simply reprehensible.