"This Town" exposes Washington, DC, for the scandal that it really is. The conventional wisdom is that the nation´s capitol is dysfunctional. And for the American taxpayers, that is certainly true. But, for the people who actually live and work there, it is functioning better than they could have ever imagined, thank you very much. As Leibovich reveals in his book, which is a literary proctological exam of the country´s political establishment, "The problem is not that the city is hopelessly divided, the problem is that it is hopelessly interconnected." Leibovich puts Washington through an acid bath,
What many of us suspected. This is why we can´t trust the Elites of either party. This is also why we should consider breaking up the capital: Executive in DC, Senate in San Francisco, House in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, or Dallas - something like that.
I always roll my eyes when I hear one of those professional pundits talk about the American people want this, the American people want that, this is what the American people yada, yada, yada. They have no clue about what is going on in the rest of the country nor do they care to find out. They think their comments are the truth.
The article is filled with a whole lot of "no surprise there" statements. Seems almost self-congratulatory while ordinary Americans continue to suffer the machinations of those who live and "work" in Boomtown.
Pimps, whores, and Satan´s minions. They have a rope around the neck of America and continue to pull tighter and tighter. I fear that my son will fight in an armed conflict much as the Hunger Games citizenry eventually had to.
My first attempt to post was told to "shorten" and before I could, was deleted.
Short version because I´m losing time here...
Move the new capital to the western half of the panhandle of Oklahoma. It would be surrounded by five states... Okla, Texas, NM, Colorado, Kansas.
The current population center located in SE Missouri is headed through Arkansas to Oklahoma eventually.
You would have more room for secure buildings, ample parking, etc.
The original DC site, which was near the early population center of the U.S. but is now out of touch, could be retained as a tourist trap and as the ceremonial capital, especially for visiting Yerps and other socialists.
We lived outside of Wash.D.C., in No. Va., for 3 years, When we left and came back to Ca. I didn´t vote for a long time. I knew my vote didn´t count. It was whoever got to these clowns with the most money who mattered. I don´t see how things can ever change. It´s only gotten worse.
One of these days a bunch Muzzie nutjobs are going to get their mitts on a nuke. And they will attempt, and maybe even successfully, to detonate said nuke in a US city. For some reason though the Jihadis are fixated on New York City and not DC. The Great Satan lives in DC.
The run-of-the-mosque Mohammedans see the conspicuous wealth of NYC and assume that gaudy material display equals power. Their obdurately tribal mentality can’t quite wrap itself around the notion of a (more or less) elected government that is, in essence, the practical embodiment of a consensual abstraction.
That said, twelve years ago the Islamists had no reason to believe that D.C. wasn’t just as symbolic and consequential a target as lower Manhattan – much less that, seven years later, we’d capitulate cravenly to the dictates of geopolitical correctness. However, after five years of bribing and extorting and guilting their way into our polity, they now know better, and will be most careful not to damage the locus of their greatest successes.
More’s the pity.
If there were a way to transport the Smithsonian, the Air and Space Museum, the Freer, the National Gallery, and the White House (minus the current occupants) to a safe place outside the circular error probable, I’d say let ‘em have it.
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