In Federalist 43, Madison noted the necessity of the nation’s government to be in complete control over the area where it sat. His evidence included that every state government in the Union had control over where it sat and so does every government in the world. If the nation’s government did not have complete control, its members could be harassed and its proceeding interrupted with impunity. He also explained why the future inhabitants of this District should be willing parties to this arrangement.
Perhaps history has a lot to tell us about why the District maybe shouldn’t be a state. The Post’s article said nothing. The past was ignored.
Thomas Leggette, Falls Church