Not unlike addressing a conjoined Alaska and Hawai’i statehood, airports and car dealerships should be the least of criteria for statehood, and the 2.8 million Puerto Ricans should be part of the deal.
“D.C. would be the only state — the only state — without an airport, without a car dealership, without a capital city, without a landfill, without even a name on its own, and we could go on and on and on.” — Rep. Jody Hice (R-Ga.), arguing against statehood for the District of Columbia
— Washington Post Opinions (@PostOpinions) March 24, 2021
“No,” James Madison said, even more sadly. “Everyone knows that states contain certain immutable characteristics: an airport, a landfill, industrial manufacturing and a car dealership.”“Oh, my God!” Patrick Henry screamed. “James Madison is possessed by a demon and is making incomprehensible sounds!”“Please,” Benjamin Franklin said, “we know that demons are not real. I am sure that he has simply been overcome by galvanism!”
Don’t talk to me about the founding fathers not wanting DC to be a state unless you also support Mega Virginia. pic.twitter.com/GWBOgxPxMO
— K.S. Kirton (@curtainsdc) March 23, 2021
“That D.C.’s population is too small to be a state is another myth…. D.C. has a larger population than both Wyoming and Vermont, and is almost on par with Alaska and South Dakota.”
Wyoming pop. 578,759
Alaska pop. 731,545
S Dakota pop. 884,659
N Dakota pop. 762,062
Vermont pop. 623,989
Puerto Rico pop. 3 million
— Bamboo cryptologist (@TinResistAgain) March 24, 2021
In 1889-90 Dakota territory was cut in half and admitted as 2 states, part of a scheme by the GOP to add 6 new states and pack the Senate with Republicans.