Power is a coin sided with adoration for service and upon the other, lust for rule. Men seeking to master the governance of any infant institution yearn for the independence to prosper themselves yet, fear the influences of more dominance of others seeking personal pleasure and public gain. Our Founding Fathers were aware of the passions that lead mean astray. They suffered the oppressive pursuits of King George III. In spite of Thomas Jefferson's protestations, they witnessed the avariciousness of the Southern gentry enslave multitudes as property when the Constitution recognize all as men. It is unrighteous ambition that consumes the noble intentions of those that would rather be known as leaders, advocates and activists. Founding Fathers James Madison and Alexander Hamilton, in Federalist Paper 51, wrote:
Ambition must be made to counteract ambition. The interest of the man must be connected with the constitutional rights of the place. It may be a reflection on human nature, that such devices should be necessary to control the abuses of government. But what is government itself, but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? If men were angels, no government would be necessary.
How do you protect a people constituting a new government from placing their misguided affections for control in any new state? You create a federal district--Article 1, Section 8 of the US Constitution. For the sake of protecting a great nation from itself and its foreign enemies, our Founding Fathers established the capital of the United States of America--Washington, DC. In doing so, they sought not a people that would transform the federal district into a citadel of Human Rights but one that would balance the Natural Rights of men amongst all states. Those that would exchange the security of living in the federal city for the precious rights observed outside of it understood the sacrifice and responsibility of being a DC citizen. So what was the promise to DC citizens. It is "a municipal legislature for local purposes, derived from their own suffrages, will of course be allowed them". For the political right to vote, America, the District of Columbia and Ward 8 are seeking not an idol but, a representative, on Tuesday, April 28, 2015.
Let me give you some insights on my native district. It is a land that glories in the theme "the least, the last and the lost" rather than empower its citizenry to pursue "life, liberty and happiness". Since the inception of Ward elections, not one Republican has served in either Ward 8 or any East of the River City Council seat. In fact, citywide, in forty years of Home Rule Elections, only 3 Republicans have ever served on the City Council and one of those switched to become an Independent. Outside of Congress, there has been no real influence of a Liberty government. No opposition to a Democrat only approach to taxes, appropriations, policy, policing and governance at any branch--Council, Mayoral or Justice. For forty years, this city council has pursued the United Nations' Declarations of Human Rights rather than US Constitution. What have the results been?
In the 2010 State of Washington, DC's Neighborhoods, we get a snippet of the demise of one party rule amongst the oppressed. While the rest of DC grew in population, Ward 8 lost population. Yeah, that means the more leaving exceeds the more coming. In the fields of economics and jobs, the innovators of multiculturalism admit that the ward levels of unemployment reflect "racial segregation" of the city. Forty years and Democrats have not solved Jim Crow. No worries, unemployment for Blacks must be low as blacks represent the majority rule on the City Council. No. In Ward 8, unemployment is as high as 29%! After forty years, median income is $22,410. This is less than the "Living Wage" that the Democrats pushed through the City Council and certainly less than Senator Elizabeth Warren's proposed minimum wage of $22 per hour. The highest food stamp participation: Ward 8. The highest Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF): Ward 8. The highest drop in home sales prices: Ward 8. Which leads me to ask, "How is 'affordable housing' the number one issue when you have low prices for single family homes, expansive government subsidies for first time home buyers and rent controls?" Education? Ward 8 has highest number enrolled and lowest graduating. Health? Worst pre-natal numbers, highest violent deaths and least access to quality care. Amazing, one of the Ward 8 City Council candidates worked for a hospital that fought against specialists and urgent care centers from locating in the Ward. It seems far better to spend nearly a billion dollars to build a new hospital.
So apparently, what Ward 8 citizens want is 40 more years in the Democrat desert with the promise that a better land is merely around the corner. You can remain reticent, immovable and unyielding because Government will have the answer. When you look at the websites of the leading candidates, you notice that they offer no real innovative solutions for Ward 8. Why offer ideas that will prosper people when they are made comfortable in their poverty? The government that sought to protect the present of those that voted for it have literally, doomed their future. So what's left? Let's talk about who endorses who. Let's talk about who's more physically attractive than who. Let's talk who has more money for the streets. Let's talk about who loved Mayor for Life Marion Barry more! Let's talk Ward 8 Election Idol. There's still time for people to call in.
For too long, I have been told that "people" outside of Southeast "ain't got nothing to say" about what goes down. In 1966, The Exceptional One was born in Southeast in area that would be subdivided as Ward 8. Since then, I have either lived, worked, banked, played or worshiped in Ward 8. I have a RIGHT to vote with my words on the future of my native land. Whomever wins on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 has an obligation to listen to each and every one of them. However, they won't be voting for a different platform. They won't have a new idea or concept of personal and business success. They will still joust at the Republican windmills that do not exist in Washington. Ward 8, the District of Columbia and America deserve so much more. Hopefully, a statesman or stateswoman is elected whom is willing to represent rather than lead. Ward 8 has been led in the desert for too long.