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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Washington, District of Columbia

     Another fake Facebook meme that some people believe. The original source is a Facebook site called Anonymous.  The site states, “Anonymous is a loosely associated international network of activist and hacktivist entities. A website nominally associated with the group describes it as "an internet gathering" with "a very loose and decentralized command structure that operates on ideas rather than directives". The group is known for a series of well-publicized publicity stunts and distributed denial-of-service attacks on government, religious, and corporate websites.”
     When Washington D.C. was established it was in the middle of the country and came about in 1790 as a compromise between Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton and James Madison when what was known as the Residence Act was passed. The Act declared George Washington’s selection of a site on the Potomac River as the nation’s new permanent capital.
     The Constitution provided for a federal district under the exclusive jurisdiction of the Congress and the District is therefore not a part of any state. The founders worried that if the capital were to be in a state, members of the government would be unduly beholden to that state. Madison envisioned that voting members of a D.C. state would be able to ‘insult’ or ‘interrupt’ the proceedings of government to get their way, simply by virtue of physical proximity to the halls of power. 
     It was argued that exclusive legislative jurisdiction over the seat of government was needed so the federal government would not be dependent on a state for security in case of mutiny or disruption.
    Congress passed the Organic Act of 1801, which placed the entire territory under the exclusive control of the federal government. After the passage of this Act, citizens living in the District were no longer considered residents of Maryland or Virginia, which ended their representation in Congress.
    The Twenty-third Amendment was ratified in 1961, granting the District three votes in the Electoral College for the election of president and vice president, but still no voting representation in Congress.
    In 1973, Congress enacted the District of Columbia Home Rule Act, providing for an elected mayor and 13-member council for the District and in 1975, Walter Washington became the first elected and first black mayor of the District.
     Washington D.C. is part of America and it is not “owned” by global bankers; it is under control of the Federal government. 
    The area known as the National Capital Service Area, a very small portion of the District, is home to Congress, the White House and the Supreme Court. However, D.C.'s 120 neighborhoods belong to the people who live there.

Interesting facts:
# DC citizens pay District taxes similar to State taxes amounting to $5 billion per year. This money is sent to Congress and is appropriated back to DC to pay for DC's municipal budget
# Federal officials are temporary residents, from one of the fifty states or from the Territories and they vote and pay taxes in their home states.
# DC is 63 square miles, the size of Paris, France.

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