When my brother and his significant other were here for Thanksgiving, my darling girlfriend and I took them to Amsterdam Falafel, which we love to death. I don’t know how the subject came up, but we were talking about DC’s lack of representation in Congress and giving my brother a crash course in the facts and our opinions on the matter. I noticed out of the corner of my eye a woman who clearly was interested in our conversation but politely not interjecting herself into it. Kudos to you, ma’am – minding your own business in a dining area as small as Amsterdam Falafel’s is an exercise in restraint that many people aren’t up to, particularly on such a heated issue.
On her way out she stopped and commented that getting a vote doesn’t require a lot of constitutional machinations (one of the areas we touched on) – you just need to make DC a state. While I think that glosses over the extent of the exercise, at this point I doubled the number of invisible Don respect points (save them and redeem them for not so valuable prizes!) since she was not only interested as a DC resident, but was even wearing a cap with the web address for one of the advocacy organizations. We chatted for a few seconds and she was on her way.
This isn’t really that interesting, except that I found myself wondering this morning which organization it was. So I googled “DC statehood” to see which ones make mention. I suspect it was dcvote.org since I recall it being a brief name, but I kept scrolling down the list. Where I did find another not-quite-as-short name but one that seems to advocate for DC becoming a state. For elaboration, here’s the short descriptive paragraph Google shows next to the link.
Camping Tents. COMPANY NAME REDACTED offering a products for inside and outside the home including patio heaters, turkey fryers and camping tents.
Yep, some organization has registered a domain name that references voting rights for the over half a million people living in our nation’s capital… and they’re camping on it to sell camping gear. The douchenozzles in question are a Tennessee company named EleetDealzebub (satirized and not linked because I don’t want to give them even an iota of a Google rank bump) and they don’t have a single mention of ‘statehood’ on their site – they’re just parasites hanging out near our misfortune attempting to profit from it.
This post appeared in its original form at DC Metblogs