The Likelihood of Statehood

Everybody’s still talking about Daunte Wright, as well they should be, but my opinion hasn’t changed since yesterday’s blog (Taser! Taser! Taser! my butt, she knew she was holding a gun), so I’ll write about something else. I’m sure there will be more to write about that later.
I’ve seen a few people suggest that Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C. should be granted statehood, and that would give the Democrats an unassailable Senate majority.
I’m certainly in favor of them being given statehood, especially Puerto Rico. I think it would really be cool to have one state where the dominant language was other than English. Also, change is good, shakes things up a bit. The U.S. has had 50 states for as long as I can remember – almost literally. Hawaii became a state when I was 5 years and a couple of months old, and that’s about as far back as I remember.
As far as D.C. is concerned, the goal of giving the people representation could be easily accomplished just by returning the land to Maryland, of which it was a part up until 1790 something. By itself, I really don’t think D.C. is big enough to justify statehood. It’s more of a national park, where some people actually live.
As a power play, however, I love the idea. But I don’t expect it to happen any time soon. There have been many opportunities, over the past decades, for Democrats to do exactly that, and they haven’t. And they won’t.
Because the last thing they want is an unassailable majority. Then, people would expect them to get stuff done.

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