DC has a real history; real people live here. So why don't we count as real Americans? theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/…
"The amoral “Washington” of Frank Underwood, the glamorous “Washington” of Hollywood movies, the evil “Washington” of the libertarian imagination—that’s just as fictional to most D.C. residents as it is to the rest of America."
Not only are we both more ordinary and more talented than you think we are; we are also far more numerous. Our state, while small, would have a population larger than that of Wyoming or Vermont. If trends continue, we could soon catch up to Alaska...
...and we are not too far behind North and South Dakota. Even Delaware, the state that produced the current president—a state whose legitimacy no one questions—has only 270,000 more voters than Washington, D.C.
And no, we should not be part of Maryland or Virginia. We have a separate and distinct history and different politics. Might as well say "why not unite Virginia and West Virginia" - same thing

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What is civic virtue? How can we bring it back? That's the subject of two excellent essays by @lindsey_brink of @NiskanenCenter, both worth your time. Here's the first:
He asks three questions at anyone involved in politics:

1. Are your political views focused on concrete goals for influencing government action?

2. Do you have a plan of action – that is, a clear idea of what has to happen in order for those goals to be realized?
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The decision is also intended to distract from the government's complete failure to provide vaccines. Hardly anyone nas has received the vaccine - and there appear to be hardly any left.
Remember, abortion is already almost totally banned in Poland. This eliminates a tiny group of exceptions. But it is will create maximal pain and distress for a small number of women.
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it's long. but the details are astonishing.
A coffee table for the price of a Moscow apartment; a toilet brush and paper holder for the price of an average Russian's annual pension; the same double-headed eagle on the entrance to his palace as on the Hermitage; and it goes on.
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