Douglass County, Maryland is a 501(c)(4) founded to advocate for the creation of Douglass County, Maryland.
Douglass County, Maryland will do the following: 1) provide full voting rights and representation to US Citizens that presently live in the District of Columbia. These citizens of Douglass County, Maryland, will live in Maryland, so they will have a congressperson that can vote on the floor of the US House of Representatives and they will also have two US senators, from their state; 2) greatly enhance the ability of DC residents to govern themselves. Presently, the US Congress and the President have final say over laws and budgets passed by the DC Council and Mayor. Douglass County, Maryland will be able to pass its own laws and have its own budget, just like Arlington, Virginia, or Baltimore, Maryland can and does. Congress will retain control over the National Capital Service Area (see Geography), which will become all that is left of the District of Columbia and it will be controlled by Congress as is directed by the Constitution; and 3) increase the economic prosperity of the State of Maryland. Douglass County, Maryland will be one of the well-off counties in America (see Statistics). Maryland will be very fortunate to have this beautiful, culturally diverse, and historically significant, place in its confines.
Some positions, agencies and functions of the government of the District of Columbia could become duplicative. Therefore, it is possible that the creation of Douglass County, Maryland may be opposed by some in the District of Columbia government due to a perceived loss of power and a possible loss of current employment. The District of Columbia now functions like a state and city. When Douglass County, Maryland is created there will be some state functions that will no longer be necessary at the city or county level. These state functions, for the most part, exist in Baltimore and Annapolis, although the State of Maryland could operate certain functions in its newest county if the State Government chose to do that. The transferring of these functions to the State of Maryland should save Douglass County, Maryland tax payers billions of dollars, presently spent on their government. Additionally, the State of Maryland would see its tax rolls increase significantly. Indeed, the potential detriment to some should be yield economies of scale that is a net benefit to most.
Douglass County, Maryland is the only politically feasible way for the citizens of what is presently the District of Columbia to become full citizens of our great nation. The other two methods for doing this are either a constitutional amendment or for the District of Columbia to become the 51st state. Unfortunately these options are not politically feasible. A constitutional amendment is next to impossible to complete and has been attempted in the past to address this issue and has failed (see History). Complete statehood for the District is even less of a possibility than amending the constitution because as a state it would require the existence of two more senators. There is no chance that Republicans in the House and the Senate or a GOP president, if there were one, would every pass and sign legislation that would create two more senators that surely would be Democrats. It’s time for a solution not a talking point. Douglass County, Maryland, still DC for short, named after the great abolitionist, Frederick Douglass, is the only answer.
There is a legal precedent for creation of Douglass County, Maryland. The process by which it would be created has already occurred and lives on today. Arlington, is as a county in Virginia, but it once was part of the District of Columbia. The retrocession of Arlington and portions of Alexandria Virginia can be repeated, this time on the northern side of the Potomac, back into the state from which those lands originated.