A little history.
One of the reasons that Philly is no longer America’s capital is that when Congress faced an angry mob, local authorities refused to intervene. Washington D.C.’s independence was meant to prevent things like that. And then D.C. residents who consist of either government employees, contractors or welfare cases spent two generations whining that they can’t vote and refusing any proposals to turn them over to Maryland. Instead, Democrats kept insisting that D.C. should be a state.
And this move to give the D.C. mayor gubernatorial powers is a reminder that it was created to prevent things like this from happening.
The House adopted an amendment to the annual defense spending bill on Wednesday that would give the mayor of Washington, D.C. authority over the capital city’s national guard.
The measure — sponsored by Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), Anthony Brown (D-Md.) and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D), who represents the District of Columbia — was approved in a mainly party-line vote of 218-209 to be added to the House version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
The measure calls for giving the D.C. mayor, currently Muriel Bowser, command over the D.C. National Guard. While governors are in charge of the national guards in their respective states, the president currently oversees the force in Washington, D.C.
As Commander in Chief, the President obviously still has ultimate military authority, but as we’ve seen during the BLM riots, it’s unclear how much that counts for when the military brass refuse to defend the White House and government buildings against a violent racist leftist insurrection.
The last thing we want to do in a crisis is create conflicts about the chain of command. And that’s what this does.
Furthermore, the mayor of D.C. is not a governor and should not control national guard units. This is yet another backdoor effort to turn the government city and its state within a state into a state.