There are numerous principled reasons to oppose D.C. statehood. But, really, no arguments are more applicable than the ones offered by the founders, who created a federal district for the distinct purpose of denying it statehood.
First, because they were concerned about the seat of federal power being controlled by a hostile or intrusive state government. Second, because they knew that if the capital were in a state – much less its own state – the people would vote to grow and accumulate federal power. Both situations were incompatible with the proper separation of powers and state rights.
Today, though, Democrats want to localize one of the only things in the Constitution that is actually federalized – while federalizing everything else.
People like to argue that the founders never anticipated that millions of Americans would be living and working in the District. Indeed, the more powerful the permanent political class in D.C. becomes, the more reason we have to deny it statehood. Washington would likely be nothing but a swampy backwater village if it hadn’t been created for, again, the purpose of not being a state.
And it doesn’t matter if there are 20 or 20 million people residing in its 10-square-mile boundary. We