CONGRESS IS NOT THE ONLY ONE TO BLAME: DAMAGE TO DEMOCRACY DONE BY LOCAL COLONIALS,TOO

1. The local establishment - including the delegate, mayor, and city council - supported the federal takeover of the city, loss of local pension fund contributions, loss of a regular federal payment, and further loss of control over the justice system.

2. Both Mayor Walter Washington and Delegate Walter Fauntroy opposed the creation of the neighborhood commissions. After the city council worked hard to weaken their powers, including denying them the right to use city funds in joint activities and the right to sue. Since then there has been a conscious effort to subsume the ANCs into the city bureaucracy rather than accepting their role as an autonomous citizen voice.

3. Led by Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, the city establishment has chosen to devote its energies to a largely symbolic vote in the House rather than substantive democracy such as gaining control over the budget, legislation, and the justice system. Norton went so far as to suggest that we trade our democratic rights for a federal tax-free status.

4. In recent years not a single elected member of the city government - other than members of the DC Statehood Party - have lifted a finger on behalf of statehood and full self-government.

5. The city council has overridden citizen passed initiatives.

6. The mayor and city council conspired to eliminate elected positions on the school board.

7. The city government has reduced citizen access to trial by jury.

8. The city went to court and claimed that the Second Amendment did not apply to DC residents