In case you're not aware, the people of the District of Columbia are governed not by our city government, but by Congress. Unlike the citizens of every state in the union, our local government exists only at the pleasure of Congress, who could vote to dissolve it at any time.
When our city government makes a law, we have to wait for 30 days of Congress being in session before the law can go into effect - to give Congress a chance to unilaterally and irrevocably veto the law.
Congress can also impose laws on the people of the District of Columbia.
So if Republicans take over Congress, here are some of the things that will be on the chopping block...
Coming to DC this Saturday?
Looks like it's going to be a gorgeous fall day in the nation's capital. High in the upper 60's, partly cloudy, probably a nice cool breeze bringing the smell of crisp leaves on the air. It'll be a perfect day to be on the Mall.
While you're here, do you think you could take a few moments on behalf of the 600,000 second-class citizens who are so graciously hosting you in their city?
Tomorrow, the bigots of NOM (National Organization for Marriage, seen in the picture below terrorizing an innocent person's feet) are holding a hate rally on the steps of the Capitol Building.
I'm sure these are the feet of a gay man.
Please join us in taking action and telling them that their hate isn't acceptable in our city or in our country - and have fun doing it.
As many of you are no doubt aware, the National Organization for Marriage is touring the country in a bus to spread their message of hate.
NOM demonstrates their hate by eating up cars.
This Sunday, August 15, they're going to be in DC.
And we must be there to meet them.
Fox News is almost a parody of itself at this point.
They went after Mr. Rogers. Mr. Rogers.
I'm not making this up. Video after the jump.
I don't live in Montana.
I'm not one of Jon Tester's constituents.
Yet he and our favorite kids-on-lawn-yeller John McCain think they know what's best for my city.
Two U.S. senators plan to introduce legislation Tuesday that would repeal most of the District's gun laws and restrict the D.C. Council from regulating firearms.
The bill comes one week after District officials dropped efforts to secure a voting member in the House because of similar pro-gun language attached to the voting rights legislation.
Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) and Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.), the bill's sponsors, say the measure is intended to ensure that the District has complied with a 2008 landmark Supreme Court decision.
That's right, Montanans: Your Senator is now intimately involved in the tyrannical usurpation of the basic civil rights of DC residents.
Today, as we're all aware, is tax day.
Like everyone else in the continental United States, Hawai'i, and Alaska, I paid my federal income tax. (I actually paid it a couple of months ago, but that's beside the point.)
Unlike everyone else in the continental United States, however, I and my neighbors don't have representation in either house of Congress.
Yes, I'm one of the 600,000 disenfranchised residents of the District of Columbia. And I demand justice.
As you're probably aware, DC legalized same-sex marriage back in December. Unlike some of the 50 enfranchised states in which human rights were subject to a public vote, the DC Board of Elections and Ethics has continually ruled that DC law, which protects basic human rights, doesn't allow for a citywide referendum on same-sex marriage, despite the efforts of some outsiders to impose one upon us.
(Of course, even though we legalized same-sex marriage in December, we had to wait until earlier this month to actually start licensing same-sex marriages, because we had to give Congress time to veto our law if they wanted to. We would be unable to legally override a Congressional veto.)
In other words, the District of Columbia is well ahead of the curve - perhaps even at the vanguard - when it comes to recognizing the basic civil rights of our LGBT citizens.
So why won't the rest of the country recognize our basic civil rights?
Health care reform passed!
We all wish it could have been more progressive.
Know what would have made it more progressive?
Nancy Pelosi having one more locked-in progressive vote on the bill could have given a little more breathing room.
Harry Reid having two more progressive Democratic Senators could have broken a Republican filibuster - even with Scott Brown - and maybe even gotten us a public option in reconciliation.
Hmmm... if only there were a way for us to get one more progressive in the House and two more in the Senate... and at the same time, grant the full benefits of citizenship to 600,000 taxpaying American citizens.
Oh, wait... there is! And if we'd have made this a priority last January, maybe we'd have gotten a more progressive bill!
It's time for the progressive movement to make DC civil rights - including full statehood - a priority.
You know what would be great right now?
One more Democrat in the House, that's what.
Know what else would have been great throughout this whole health care debate?
Two more solid progressives in the Senate.
What if I told you that with a simple bill, passed by Congress and signed by the President, we could get one more Democrat in the House and two in the Senate, and as a bonus, 600,000 taxpaying American citizens wouldn't be denied one of the most basic civil rights of citizens in a democratic society?
You'd say "Wow! Tell me more!"
Does all that sound good? Then call your Representative and Senators on Monday to demand action on DC statehood.
(Sorry, I won't throw in a free Slap-Chop with your call.)
You may remember that five years ago, CBS (and several other networks) rejected several ads from the United Church of Christ whose message was that Jesus accepted everyone - including LGBT individuals. The Boston Globe cited a letter from CBS to the UCC:
In the letter from the CBS official to the United Church of Christ, the network said it refuses advertising that "touches on and/or takes a position on one side of a current controversial issue of public importance."
We should not forget this crucial point.
Joe Lieberman can't filibuster health care reform alone.
We can be pissed at Joe Lieberman - and rightly so - until the cows come home, but at the end of the day, he alone can't block anything in the Senate, and we do the truth a disservice by pretending that he can. The only reason Joe Lieberman can filibuster health care reform, and thereby get whatever the hell he wants out of the bill, is because he has 40 Republican Senators who have his back.