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“How many legs does a dog have if you call his tail a leg?” asked President Abraham Lincoln, who answered his own question:

“Four. Saying that a tail is a leg doesn’t make it a leg.”

And Congress’ saying that D.C. is a state would equally contradict truth and reality, as our nation’s capital lacks all of the attributes of a 51st state of the Union.

Whence came our capital of Washington, D.C.?

The city was carved out of Maryland and Virginia in 1790, which voted to cede 100 square miles on the Potomac for a capital city of the United States to become the domicile of the federal government.

In 1846, Virginia’s share of the land, some 32 square miles, was ceded back. What was left was today’s Washington, D.C., of 68 square miles.

Is that sufficient for a state of the Union? Only if one wishes to change the character and composition of that Union.

Consider. The smallest state for 230 years has been Rhode Island. At 1,214 square miles, it is still 18 times as large as D.C. If D.C. were to become a state, it would be a microstate, smaller than every one of the 24 remaining counties of the state, Maryland, from which it was carved.

The Maryland counties that border D.C., Montgomery and Prince George’s, are eight times the size of Washington, D.C., and each has a million people, dwarfing the 700,000 residents of D.C.

Directly across the Potomac in Virginia is Fairfax County, also eight times as large as D.C., and with hundreds of thousands more people.

Supporters of statehood say D.C. has more people than Wyoming.

True, but Wyoming is also roughly the size of the United Kingdom, and more than 1,000 times the size of Washington, D.C.

Even by the standards of American cities, Washington ranks no higher than 20th in population.

Texas — with Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and Fort Worth — and California — with Los Angeles, San Jose, San Diego and San Francisco — both have four cities larger and more populous than our aspiring city-state of D.C.

By the terms of its admission to the United States as a state, the Republic of Texas was ceded a right to split into as many as five states of the Union, which it was joining. FDR’s future vice president, the Texan John Nance “Cactus Jack” Garner, was all for it.

“An area twice as large and rapidly becoming as populous as New England should have at least ten Senators,” Garner told The New York Times in April 1921, “and the only way we can get them is to make five States, not five small States, mind you, but five great States.”

Statehood for little D.C. could start a trend where mega-cities like Chicago and New York, with five and 10 times the size and population of D.C., secede from their respective states and seek full statehood as well.

What is at the root of this drive to make D.C. a state?

The answer may be found in the political character of our capital city.

Since the 23rd Amendment was ratified, 60 years ago, D.C. residents have voted in 15 presidential elections. In all 15 elections, D.C.’s three electoral votes have gone to the Democratic nominee.

Even in the 49-state Nixon and Reagan landslides of 1972 and 1984, D.C. went four- and five-to-one Democratic. In eight presidential elections since 1990, the GOP nominee has failed to win 10% of the D.C. vote.

Since the mid-1970s, D.C. has had home rule and, in every election since, has chosen a Democratic mayor and a Democratic city council.

How irredeemably Democratic is D.C.?

Voter registration statistics in the city as of last December was 403,000 Democrats and 30,000 Republicans, a ratio of 13-1.

Which brings the question: What is D.C.’s grievance that America must somehow rectify by making it a state?

Answer: Democrats want D.C. to have two senators to cement their control of the U.S. Senate, as they pack the Supreme Court by expanding the number of justices from nine to 13.

This is a naked national power grab — pure and simple.


If the real concern were the inability of the D.C. electorate to vote for members of Congress, that could be remedied — by returning the residential portions of D.C. to Maryland, whence they came, or by allowing D.C. residents to vote in Maryland’s congressional elections.

Making D.C. a state would send two Democrats to the Senate indefinitely. But it would violate the constitution and compact under which the nation was founded. And it would start a stampede for other disfiguring alterations, like packing the Supreme Court by adding four new justices.

Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam and American Samoa could soon follow and enter claims to become states of the American Union.

And a second unraveling of the republic would begin.

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of “Nixon’s White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever.”

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  1. Daniel H says:

    Pat you were in the Nixon, Reagan and Bush Whitehouse. To you knowledge, did any Republican operative ever raise a substantial objection to our immigration policy, a policy that even in the 70s and 80s, it was clear to see would someday lead to a profound demographic transformation of this country. A transformation that would enable the Democrats to capture the House, Senate and Executive, forever. A transformation that would see new states proposed and admitted to the union, the addition of new justices to the supreme court, all done as to cement left Democrat rule forever. Did you, yourself, object Pat. If you and your colleagues did not, why not? Were you all too clueless to see what was clear to me as far back as 1980, or were you timid and frightened? Tough guys who could bring us to the brink of nuclear war with the Soviet Union if deemed necessary but too timid to object to an immigration policy that would in short order leave white Americans as strangers and a minority in their own country. Did you and your colleagues ever raise a voice of objection Pat?

  2. There is a simple solution. Allow the residents of DC, who feel they are under-represented in Congress, to register and vote in Va or Maryland. Thus, they would be represented.

    • Replies: @follyofwar
  3. Washington was a slave owner and whipper. Columbus– well, just ask any Indian.*

    So before statehood can be considered, these names will have to go. Do not let this bill advance without hammering on the place-name issue.

    In other words, it’s time to shove their deals down their throats.

    Call the place Wakanda or Floydville or whatever, and see how statehood appeals to Americans. There are plenty of Columbias, Columbuses, and Washingtons across the land, including an entire state. DC will never be missed.

    *Feather. He was looking for the dots and got lost.

  4. I’m thoroughly against making DC a state, but those who argue that the inhabitants of the District are taxed without representation have a point. Someone — perhaps at National Review — recently suggested that the citizens of DC be allowed to vote as if they were citizens of the state that ceded the land, that is, Maryland. In that way, they would have representation, which is their right, but they wouldn’t have all the (very concentrated) perquisites of statehood. Seems reasonable to me.

    • Replies: @schnellandine
    , @El Dato
  5. Svevlad says:

    1. Give DC back to Maryland.
    2. PR statehood.

    Makes infinite more sense.

  6. DC is the anus of the remnant of Western Civilization. It is the Capital City (in steep decline) of the Great Satan. Why bother with statehood. Just grant DC four Black Senators. One for each new Black Supreme Court Justice.

    Let’s make a deal. Create as many new blue states (and SCOTUS judges) as you like. But keep the total at fifty states. For each new blue state one red state must secede. End the hate. Separate.

    Teach your children it’s Okay to be White.

  7. KenH says:

    This illustrates the strategic and political bankruptcy of conservatism and the Republican party. To date Republicans are out carping and whining about the nerve of the Democrats to do such a thing but instead they should be crafting plans to split at least three of the reddest states like Wyoming, Arkansas and Oklahoma into two to gain six new Senate seats.

    The Jewish led Democrats are carefully plotting ways to consolidate power and make us a one party state and to disenfranchise white citizens while Republican voters have to settle for Republican outrage porn on FOX and Newsmax.

    • Replies: @botazefa
  8. Realist says:

    The DC Statehood Power Grab

    Nothing gets by this old boy.

    • LOL: botazefa
  9. @Daniel H

    You obviously know nothing about Buchanan’s history on the subject of US immigration policy, and his long and vocal opposition to it. In addition to his many books on the subject (Death of the West, State of Emergency, and Suicide of a Superpower, among others) he’s written countless columns about DC’s immigration folly for decades. When he ran for president in ’92, ’96, and 2000, opposition to immigration was one of his main objectives.

    Unfortunately, as a mere advisor to various presidents, his cogent arguments were ignored. He did the best that he could to warn Americans about the coming crack-up, now unfolding before our eyes. You should educate your self a little before making such a stupid comment.

    • Replies: @Daniel H
  10. botazefa says:

    The Jewish led Democrats are carefully plotting ways to consolidate power and make us a one party state and to disenfranchise white citizen

    That makes perfect sense because no one thinks of Jews as being white. I mean, they obviously don’t have white skin. That’s why they are so easy to identify.

    Wait, what’s that? Jews are primarily identified by having known Jewish names?

  11. @James Speaks

    Pat made that argument in his column. In 1847, Virginia petitioned for a return of its slice of DC, and it was granted in a process known as “retrocession.” Why didn’t Maryland do so at the same time?

    When the planners made the DISTRICT of Columbia a separate entity, I doubt if they intended for it to control an entire city. DC should be shrunk down to size, and only encompass the small area around the White House, the Capitol, the Supreme Court, the federal buildings, the monuments and museums, etc., similar to Vatican City in the middle of Rome.

    Unless the rest of the city is returned to Maryland this problem will never go away. Of course, why would the democrats ever go for it, since Maryland is already controlled by their party, and they would have nothing to gain?

  12. @Tono Bungay

    , but those who argue that the inhabitants of the District are taxed without representation have a point

    Yes, congratulations on vomiting up on cue the brainwashing installed in every American first-grader.

    Now, recall: Did they explain that everyone not voting for an anointed one is ‘taxed without representation’? Did they also explain that most people voting for an anointed one aren’t represented?

    Every day, I’m more in sync with ‘Goodfellas’ disdaining ‘good government bullshit’.

    ‘Taxation without representation’ was fomenting composed by revered goons who wanted to rule their countrymen directly, not under the thumb of an overseas monarch. Turns out there are useful gullibles in every era. The same fools are careful to assure everyone within earshot, “We’re a republic, not a democracy.” Ha!

    Not a single parasite in DC today moved there without adequate notice of the deal. The real compromise should be that no one whose any income part comes from taxation may vote in any political anything. Solved. No ‘defense’ contractors, no employees of vendors selling to the state, no ‘welfare’ parasites, no political staffwankers, etc. Gone from ‘democracy’.

    Or people could magically grow testicles and refuse the state individually. Of course, they won’t, and there’s the root problem: mobsters (i.e. ‘democracy’)

    • Agree: El Dato
  13. SafeNow says:

    Thanks, Pat for the population numbers and square-miles numbers. It is a commendable standard practice on Unz to tell readers the magnitude, rather than being lazy and ambiguous by using adjectives like “less” or “low” or “often.” Even the Wall Street Journal is guilty of leaving the intelligent reader to do his own research to unearth the actual and important magnitude behind the adjective. The CDC is about to offer new Covid guidance, and I anticipate that it will consist largely of a slew of adjectives.

  14. rgl says:

    “And a second unraveling of the republic would begin.” According to Mr. Buchanan.

    I hope he is right.

  15. KenH says:

    You’re hopelessly simple minded if you think Jews identify as a branch of white Europeans. The Jewish ADL has been at the forefront of attacking and marginalizing nascent white racial consciousness.

    In case you haven’t noticed the Biden Administration is the most anti-white administration in American history.

    The top donors to the Democrat party (Saban, Bloomberg, Steyer, Zuckerberg, etc.) are virtually all Jews.

    • Agree: anonymouseperson
    • Replies: @botazefa
  16. @Daniel H

    Are you kidding? Pat was one of the first to sound the alarm! Ever heard of a little book he wrote called, “Suicide of a Superpower” or an article titled “The Browning of America?” Since Pat’s works may have taken place before you were born we will forgive you for your ignorance.

    • Replies: @Daniel H
  17. The argument about Wyoming’s population being less than that of DC is refuted by the likelihood that the population of Wyoming will continue to increase to dwarf DC and likely many eastern states as its landmass becomes settled in the decades to come. (I wish it would stay rural, but that’s unlikely.). Wyoming is like a baby that will grow to adulthood, while DC is limited by its city size—already a very urban city.

  18. DC Statehood: the gyre widens…

    “Turning and turning in the widening gyre
    The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
    Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
    Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
    The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
    The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
    The best lack all conviction, while the worst
    Are full of passionate intensity….

    “And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
    Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?”

  19. Daniel H says:

    You obviously know nothing about Buchanan’s history on the subject of US immigration policy, and his long and vocal opposition to it.

    Unfortunately, as a mere advisor to various presidents,

    Buchanan’s opposition to immigration only came together in the mid to late ’90s, well beyond the point where he could have had policy influence with head-up-the-a** Republicans. He said nothing against the ’86 amnesty and, worse, the absolute, treasonous failure of the Reagan and Bush administrations to enforce the new sanctions that were supposed to make the ’86 amnesty have some teeth. Buchanan said nothing against George Bush’s further expansion of immigration visas, diversity visas, refugee visas that raised the level of legal immigration from approximately 500,000 per year to well over a million. And let’s leave aside George Bush’s complete refusal to enforce immigration law, a failure as egregious as that of his treasonous son.

    And “mere advisor”? Grief.

  20. Daniel H says:
    @Sir Launcelot Canning

    Are you kidding? Pat was one of the first to sound the alarm! Ever heard of a little book he wrote called, “Suicide of a Superpower” or an article titled “The Browning of America?”

    Oh impudent youngster. I need to take you about back and give you a spanking.

    Pat made no objections to immigration when he has some sense of POWER, when he was an integral member of the Nixon, Reagan and Bush I administrations, when he could have achieved something. He had his head up the a** worried about Communists running around the jungles of Indochina or the forsaken mountains of Afghanistan. Pat only came to his senses when he was defenestrated from Republican Inc in the late ’90s. I’ll bet that Pat and his Republican buddies all guffawed about that hapless Enoch Powell back in ’68 when Powell made his dire and 100% true predictions and warnings about the future of Britain. Pat was a true believe in that American exceptionalism BS back them.

    That said, I’m grateful that Pat is raising the alarm now and has been doing so since the late 90s, but it is very late, maybe too late and he could have done so much more if he had addressed this matter publicly in the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s.

  21. It is arguably unjust to deprive the residents of D.C. of representation in Congress, but it is also ludicrous to grant statehood to a single city covering 68 square miles. One solution to this is to form a new state encompassing not just the district itself, but the surrounding counties in Maryland and Northern Virginia as well. Regional planning would be simplified, residents of the district would get the representation that they deserve, and without the D.C. suburbs, Virginia would become a red state again.

  22. @Svevlad

    Puerto Rican independence. Or give it back to Spain.

    • Agree: anonymouseperson
  23. I would have given Puerto Rico its independence long ago.

    • Replies: @follyofwar
  24. @botazefa

    Jews do not consider themselves white or identify with the white race in any way at all.

    • Replies: @botazefa
  25. @Svevlad

    PR statehood would be an act of sheer madness.

    • Replies: @El Dato
  26. @schnellandine

    The real compromise should be that no one whose any income part comes from taxation may vote in any political anything.

    Absolutely correct!

    D.C. statehood would be an absurd violation of federalism. The land of government bureaucrats should of course have ZERO say in how that government is constituted.

    For that matter, it’s also ridiculous that Hawaii, Alaska, and also the sparsely populated, mountain regions are US states.

    While DC is 3 Electoral votes for the DEMs, Hawaii is 4 votes divided between Dole Foods and the USN.

    Those mountain states alone must be a combined, weighted average, 65% owned by the USG; 27% across the USA. That’s a combined ~15 Electoral votes for Big Government. In total, a bigger scandal than DC’s 3.

  27. El Dato says:
    @Tono Bungay

    those who argue that the inhabitants of the District are taxed without representation have a point

    Nice slogan but in reality DC exists due to forced taxpayer largesse elsewhere (i.e. shakedowns by elites backed by guns & badges or the printing press if things need to be done quickly), so that slogan is really a deep mindfuck direct from Telescreen Talmudvision. Not unlike the exhortation to buy Liberty Bonds so that you can get thumbed by the govnmt a bit more and die in foreign lands.

    What would change? Does a black mayor not suffice?

  28. Is this even worth a column?

    We already know how these things go.

    Recucklicans, who did nothing for two years when they had control of both House and Senate (and Trump in the WH) will feebly argue against District of Affica statehood, then capitulate.

    The left is comprised of openly hostile knaves and sociopaths.

    “Our” half of the Uniparty, being frauds and charlatans, is far worse.

    • Agree: Daniel H
  29. @anonymouseperson

    Same with Hawaii. As an island chain in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, it should never have been made a state. Making it a state was all about post-WWII hubris and American imperialism. Plus, it is solidly blue. If it wasn’t for Pearl Harbor, it might not be a state today.

    • Replies: @anonymouseperson
  30. It wouldn’t matter how many new states or other deck-stacking tactics they employ if people were actually inspired for once to use it against them. Past Dem performance is no guarantee of future success. Give the newly enfranchised voting blocs something more attractive, and they’ll drop the scolding oldies on the Blue team like a bad habit.

    Everything is bad news for the Republican Party, because they’ve become the party of throwing tantrums, making concessions, and outright McCaining themselves into being Dems in all but name. So maybe let it die. The name itself is poison now. What’s leftover to rebuild with that can’t be built better from scratch?

    Instead, think about actually getting Republican and independent voters, and Dem defectors, interested in something that might actually work for them for once. It’s a steep slope, the deck is indeed heavily stacked, but a hell of a lot of people are realizing that Red vs Blue is a losing game for them.

  31. Thomasina says:
    @Daniel H

    “…well beyond the point where he could have had policy influence with head-up-the-a** Republicans.”

    None of these people have their heads up their asses. This is eyes-wide-open greed and corruption, with some blackmail, bribery and threats thrown into the mix.

    They don’t work for you. They work for big corporations, the Chamber of Commerce, their own stock portfolios….. Same for the Democrats. There is no allegiance to the people.

    This is about economics; it always is.

    In order to keep the money rolling in and the Ponzi and banking system from imploding, they need more fuel – more debt taken on. Hence, the constant flow of immigrants.

    Waiting for the White population to naturally grow would have taken too long, if ever. Had we all continued to have four to six children, that probably would have satisfied them. They want churn, inflation (which they have manufactured, thanks to the Federal Reserve). They don’t want steady state. You don’t make money off that.

    They offshored the jobs, then placated everybody with large increases in their stock portfolios and house prices. Pumped up asset prices. “Oh, Betty, look what we’re worth now!” But for every win there is an equivalent loss. The loss here is the country.

    They’re building up the countries the jobs were offshored to, creating millionaires, and then these people turn around and immigrate to the States, displacing the host population. One big circle jerk. In the end, they will own and control these Third World countries too through their banking system. Think of the new consumers for their products!

    The whole system has been financialized. The bankers and corporations are in firm control, and the politicians (both sides of the aisle) are there to ensure it stays that way. This all started in the late 70’s, a long time ago.

    Talk about the land of the free and the home of the brave was just to make you think you had a country.

    Traitors, all of them. One-world government, straight ahead.

  32. botazefa says:

    Jews do not consider themselves white or identify with the white race in any way at all.

    Judeo-Christian western civilization begs to differ.

    • Replies: @anonymouseperson
  33. botazefa says:

    You’re hopelessly simple minded if you think Jews identify as a branch of white Europeans.

    Mis-quote me *and* call me simple minded.

    Jews look white to me. They don’t to you for some reason.

    • Replies: @anonymouseperson
  34. @Svevlad

    Nothing has been a bigger damper on Puerto Rican aspirations of statehood
    (and, by extension, independence) than the constitutional injunction against bailing out states´finances.
    Sodom-on-the-Potomac´s turn would be worth it if only to watch them make a budget 😀

  35. @follyofwar

    All of America’s forays into the Pacific were a mistake. Islands like Wake and Guam have been of no value. Taking the Philippines was a mistake. There was talk of making it a state after WW2. Thank god that didn’t happen. Had America stopped at the west coat of North America war with Japan might even have been avoided. Puerto Rico has been nothing but a drain on America and wasn’t even converted into an English speaking place. At least that happened in Hawaii.

    • Replies: @mike99588
    , @mike99588
  36. @botazefa

    You obviously don’t know too many Jews. Jews do not consider themselves white or identify with them. Every Jew I have ever met or known has personally told me this.

    • Replies: @dfordoom
  37. @botazefa

    Many, but by no means all Jews look white. But they do not consider themselves as, or identify with, whites. In Canada there are many white looking people who identify as “Aboriginal, Native, Indigenous, Indian”, (whatever the latest trend name is).

  38. ruralguy says:

    DC is indeed 68 square miles. A circle with a radius of 5 miles is bigger than this. If every plot of 68 square miles in America decided to form a state, to get two senators, there would be 55,838 states and over 100,000 senators.

  39. dfordoom says: • Website

    Jews do not consider themselves white or identify with them.

    Perhaps they don’t think of white in the same terms you do.

  40. anon[146] • Disclaimer says:

    A second unraveling of the republic, you say that like it’s a bad thing.

  41. mike99588 says:

    Actually there was a vote about statehood in the Philippines, in the 30s I believe.
    They said no.

  42. @dfordoom

    Perhaps. But your comment is so ambiguous and vague as to be meaningless. I certainly do not advocate for mass immigration from the third world or for wars that benefit Israel. Most Jews do though.

  43. mike99588 says:

    Letting the Pacific become a Japanese lake would have been a bigger mistake.

    The Philippines was being colonized by the Japanese before and during WWII, and the Philippine elite were being seduced by Japan before WWII.
    There are numerous Japanese descendents in Hawaii today vs actual hegemony by the rising sun Emipre which would have been a huge disaster.

    If Japan had had unfettered control of Manchuria into the late 40s, a nuclear Empire of Japan seems a real possibility. (see Robert K Wilcox on Japan’s bomb work)

    • Disagree: anonymouseperson
    • Replies: @anonymouseperson
  44. mike99588 says:

    My youth experience was that they often minimize those differences, to be blindly accepted by middle and upper class Anglo Saxon whites, without closer inspection.

    The Jewish kids I knew were polite and upper end students, sometimes school friends. Only at the end of high school did I even meet a brash, in-your-face Jewish supremacist, from NYC, one of the dumber ones in our summer NSF science program.

    Some Jews, I did not know were Jewish until I read their obituary. (e.g. HS teacher 40+ years later). Only here have I become aware of some of those cultural details, patterns and differences.

  45. MEexpert says:

    Wait, what’s that? Jews are primarily identified by having known Jewish names?

    That will be hard. Many have changed their names.

  46. Democrats want D.C. to have two senators to cement their control of the U.S. Senate, as they pack the Supreme Court by expanding the number of justices from nine to 13.
    This is a naked national power grab — pure and simple.
    This has Democrat written all over it. Pork. More pork for them.
    Sure, more power in tbe SC too.

    I bet there is a symbolic value in Kabbalahic circles that explains why 13 is a good number for the decisions that will come from the New World Order Supreme Court. Perhaps this is the court that will dicriminalize pedophilia, criminalize whiteness and enshrine jewish supremacy.
    My disgust at D.C. will never end. They will always find new and perverse ways to disgust us.

  47. jsinton says:

    Pat really hasn’t made a case to deny DC stateho0d other than it’s inconvenient and messy to the political process. I say if DC can become a state, then why not have red states divide up and create their own states? Divide Florida into 20 red states and leave Tampa and Miami as their own states? Or create 100 red states out of the rural western states?

  48. Daniel H says:

    I say if DC can become a state, then why not have red states divide up and create their own states?

    Because, because, because of the immigration led demographic shift in this nation, due entirely to the failure of the Republicans over the past 50 years to to counter it, the Republicans will NEVER control the Executive, House and Senate again. NEVER. The Republicans will NEVER win the Presidency, EVER again. Neither will they win the House and Senate again. That’s why. Because you need to control both the Executive and Congress to pass legislation, and the Democrats are not STUPID, as the Republicans are. The Democrats will NEVER bring a new Red state into the union. Why? Because that’s why.

  49. Will Ukraine become the 52nd state—-after DC at 51???

  50. @mike99588

    How would the Pacific have become a Japanese lake? Would Japan have occupied the shoreline of north and south America from pole to pole? Would it have occupied all of Australia? How? it was already hopelessly bogged down in China. It also had to be wary of Russia too. You overestimate this country the size of California with less then one-thirtieth of America’s steel making capacity at the time.

    • Replies: @mike99588
  51. mike99588 says:

    Thankfully the Japanese never got a substantial quiet period between the US and USSR confrontations to industrially digest and massively benefit from Manchuria for a sustained period. Of course their greed for the rest of China was a bit of IJ Army diversion. IJ Navy was more clever.

    If Japan had Hawaii and nukes without first a war with the US in 1941, most of the Pacific could have been theirs, just not the American coasts.

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