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No One Should Get Basic Rights Until Dana Milbank Is Allowed to Break Traffic Laws

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One of the greatest disgraces in this country is that the over 600,000 people living in Washington D.C. are denied enfranchisement. They can’t vote for Congress or set their own laws without Congressional approval. Yet apparently Dana Milbank’s thinks denying over a half million people this basic human right is okay, because they won’t let him off the hook for breaking traffic laws. From Milbank:

A week later, I got another “Notice of Infraction” — this one saying I had run a red light a few blocks away. I had made a legal right on red after a slow-rolling stop — but I got a $150 ticket, same as if I had blown straight through the intersection at full speed. A police spokeswoman said my actions justified both tickets. […]

D.C. officials testified before a Senate committee Monday afternoon about their desire for statehood. I’m sympathetic, but statehood is not going to happen anytime soon — nor should it, if the government runs the place like a banana republic. Clearly, D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier isn’t for reform; she called the IG report “flawed” and “sensationalist.” If the D.C. Council can’t get itself in line with the rest of the country (council member Mary Cheh is having a hearing on the report next week), perhaps Congress can force a change.

As morally reprehensible is it for Milbank to even suggest it is acceptable to deny the vote to the predominately African-American population of the District over a few traffic tickets, I do applaud his honesty. It provides a perfect example of what opposition to D.C. statehood is really about.

Members of Congress oppose giving this minority-heavy population basic rights because they don’t think they can be trusted to vote “correctly.” At their core it is a bunch of rich guys who thinks it is more important to be able to get their way than upholding the core principles of fairness and democracy. Opposition by politicians shows all their talk about how they love liberty, freedom and democracy it total lie.

Evelyn Beatrice Hall said, “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” Milbank’s won’t even defend your right to vote unless you waive his traffic fines.

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No One Should Get Basic Rights Until Dana Milbank Is Allowed to Break Traffic Laws

Dana Milbank

One of the greatest disgraces in this country is that the over 600,000 people living in Washington D.C. are denied enfranchisement. They can’t vote for Congress or set their own laws without Congressional approval. Yet apparently Dana Milbank’s thinks denying over a half million people this basic human right is okay, because they won’t let him off the hook for breaking traffic laws. From Milbank:

A week later, I got another “Notice of Infraction” — this one saying I had run a red light a few blocks away. I had made a legal right on red after a slow-rolling stop — but I got a $150 ticket, same as if I had blown straight through the intersection at full speed. A police spokeswoman said my actions justified both tickets. […]

D.C. officials testified before a Senate committee Monday afternoon about their desire for statehood. I’m sympathetic, but statehood is not going to happen anytime soon — nor should it, if the government runs the place like a banana republic. Clearly, D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier isn’t for reform; she called the IG report “flawed” and “sensationalist.” If the D.C. Council can’t get itself in line with the rest of the country (council member Mary Cheh is having a hearing on the report next week), perhaps Congress can force a change.

As morally reprehensible is it for Milbank to even suggest it is acceptable to deny the vote to the predominately African-American population of the District over a few traffic tickets, I do applaud his honesty. It provides a perfect example of what opposition to D.C. statehood is really about.

Members of Congress oppose giving this minority-heavy population basic rights because they don’t think they can be trusted to vote “correctly.” At their core it is a bunch of rich guys who thinks it is more important to be able to get their way than upholding the core principles of fairness and democracy. Opposition by politicians shows all their talk about how they love liberty, freedom and democracy it total lie.

Evelyn Beatrice Hall said, “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” Milbank’s won’t even defend your right to vote unless you wave his traffic fines.

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Jonathan Walker grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He is an expert on politics, health care and drug policy. He is also the author of After Legalization and Cobalt Slave, and a Futurist writer at http://pendinghorizon.com

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