Thursday, July 24, 2008

At what point....

....does the rest of the nation decide that our nation's capital city has shown itself to be so stupid, they ought not be allowed to govern themselves?

Well, a couple of recent decisions are starting to raise the spectre of removing the District of Columbia from self-rule. First, the new regulations passed unanimously by the City Council for the private ownership of firearms directly ignore the Supreme Court's Heller decision, and second, the education board (the same one that calls itself a "state" board of education despite the fact that the District is not a state) has responded to a tragedy not involving home education by passing new regulations on homeschooling. This, of course, ignores the fact that the District's schools are so awful already, they hardly need another thing to do.

It's not an easy or a nice thing to say, but reality is that at some point, the obtuseness of the political leaders of the District of Columbia becomes a danger to us all. Maybe it's time to repeal self-rule and fix some things there.

6 comments:

Jim Peet said...

Good post. I'd like to "test" that DC case.

I used on my Blog!

pentamom said...

Besides what you said, with which I heartily agree, my response is, as a Pennsylvanian, "Oh great. Someone's just adopted the very regulations we're trying to get rid of." That just makes it that much harder, from a public attitude POV. "Hey, DC just adopted these regulations! So there must be a need for them!"

Bike Bubba said...

You would think that when at least one city council member (and former mayor) has served time for smoking crack with a hooker, people would stop taking their ideas seriously. Apparently not.

Sigh. What city is more out of its mind, DC or San Fran? I cannot decide.

(and thanks, Jim)

Shawn said...

I'm there in a few weeks. Give me a little time to sort things out.

pentamom said...

Well, I don't know that it's so much that people take DC's ideas seriously, as that it provides educational statists a talking point, which is at least somewhat persuasive to checked-out sheeple who think that homeschoolers are at best suspicious, and somebody needs to be in charge. And you just don't need more of that kind of thing going on when you're trying to reform something, KWIM?

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