Most Americans Oppose DC Statehood.
Fifty-five percent of Americans oppose granting statehood to Washington, D.C. according to a recent Rasmussen Poll. Only 29% of those polled responded in favor of the change. The change in status for D.C. has long been a Democrat priority, but it is fraught with complications. Granting D.C. statehood would add two liberal senators to the upper chamber, permanently affecting the balance of power in the legislature. Additionally, the Democrats would like to elevate Puerto Rico, another Democrat stronghold, to statehood, further tilting the Senate's balance in their favor.
In the run-up to the Civil War, with the nation divided between slavery and emancipation, the Union was careful to elevate two states at a time to statehood, one southern, Democrat, pro-slavery and the other northern, Whig/Republican free. There is no indication that the Democrats are interested in presently preserving a balance of disparate regional views today.
Also of significance as it relates to our nation's constitutional history, the federal district was never meant to be a state. Quite the contrary, Article I, Section 8 specifically authorizes Congress "[t]o exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the Acceptance of Congress, become the Seatof the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Maga-zines, Arsenals, dock-Yards and other needful Buildings."
The Democrats' plan to elevate a portion of the nation, voluntarily ceded by the states and artificially populated by federal bureaucrats, only to have it later turned into a state with equal representation to other states likely represents a direct affront to the writing and spirit of the Constitution of the United States. Such a move must be vehemently opposed.