May 15, 2021

Letter: ‘Disappointing, but not surprising’

From Charles Petterson, Persia

I see representative Axne voted for D.C. statehood. This is disappointing, but not surprising.

This vote is disappointing because it shows Rep. Axne’s disregard for the Constitution. I don’t know if her disrespect comes from ignorance or perhaps disdain. What I am sure of is whether Rep. Axne has greater allegiance to the Democratic Party than to the Constitution.

The District of Columbia is a creation of Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution. Article IV, Section 3 indicates that if the District of Columbia were to be dissolved the land would return to the State of Maryland. A constitutional amendment would be necessary to change the status of the land involved.

Ms. Axne has no regard for the Constitution. If she did, she would not have voted in favor of H.R. 51; she would have said, “No, this is unconstitutional and I swore an oath to uphold the Constitution.” Her oath means nothing to her. I can understand how ignorant people would cast their vote for Ms. Axne, but I am baffled why educated people support her. We are slowly becoming a government by the government, for the government and Ms. Axne is a prime example of this.