Residents of the District of Columbia sometimes complain about taxation without representation. But it would be highly injudicious to allow the residents of this benighted sinkhole of liberalism and decay to weigh in on legislation that affects the rest of the country. To counter those who doubt it, I present Eleanor Holmes Norton:
Eleanor Holmes Norton, the non-voting congressional delegate for the District of Columbia, angrily sputtered during a congressional hearing Friday that the White House should not be held up to scrutiny, saying that there was no right to know what it was doing behind closed doors.
“You don’t have a right to know everything in a separation-of-powers government, my friend. That is the difference between a parliamentary government and a separation-of-powers government,” Norton said during a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing.
It was, to put [it] mildly, a significant departure from the more traditional liberal stance that openness and transparency are [necessary] to prevent abuses of power by government officials. Instead the leading advocate for statehood for the District of Columbia literally argued that even the congressional committee charged with oversight shouldn’t be asking questions in the first place.
“Liberal” doesn’t mean what it used to mean — to put it mildly.
Statehood, she wants. Imagine a voting Eleanor Holmes Norton in the House, plus two more in the Senate.
Ms. Holmes Norton made her announcement while trying to prevent Republicans from getting to the bottom of one of the innumerable scandals that characterize the Obama Regime, this one involving the use of the Office of Political Strategy and Outreach as a political campaign operation in violation of federal election law.
Unfortunately others of her ilk do cast votes.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., top ranking Democrat on the Oversight Committee, thanked Holmes for her comments.
“I associate myself with your comments,” Cummings added, thus making it clear that he doesn’t believe the public has right to know what is going on inside the White House either.
The separation of powers that Ms. Holmes Norton blathers about without understanding requires that Congress put the brakes on tyranny by the executive branch. But Democrats lack the integrity to perform this vital function when the tyrant is from their own party.
On a tip from Bodhisattva.