Saturday, from the steps of the White House Rose Garden, Barack Obama, President of the United States and Commander-in-Chief made a determination the "...United States should take military action against Syrian regime targets."
The President also stated he would ask the United States Congress, as representative voices of the American people to debate and vote to authorize United States military action.
On both positions I agree.
However, as an American and a retired military veteran I am deeply offended because I live in the Nation’s Capital, I and an additional 650,000 District of Columbia residents will not have a vote in the Congress of the United States on what the President says is of a vital national security interest in the protection of an international norm.
On this I feel deprived of a right as an American.
It is unconscionable decisions of war and peace involving the United States of America will be made and Americans living in the District of Columbia cannot participate with a voting member in the Congress of the United States.
It is reprehensible District of Columbia federal tax payers cannot participate in determining how federal tax dollars will be used in this national security intervention with a voting member in the Congress of the United States.
While District of Columbia Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton has issued a press statement on the proposed military action, she should be able to vote, as the voice of Americans living in the District of Columbia, on the floor of the House of Representatives.
Once again the people of the District of Columbia are being denied full rights of American citizenship – the right to have a vote in it national legislature.
The people of the District of Columbia deserve statehood – now.
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