Douglass County, Maryland is a 501(c)(4) founded to advocate for the creation of Douglass County, Maryland.
- Douglass County will have one city in it – Washington. Signs will still say “Welcome to Washington” and we will still live in a city named after George Washington, our first president.
- The flag of Douglass County, Maryland will be the flag of Washington, DC. It will have three red stars and two red bars, on a white background. The logo of this 501c4 is only meant to show the reunion of Maryland and our City through the creation of Douglass County. Our logo will not be the flag of the future county.
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 taxpayers 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 yield economies of scale that are a net benefit to most.
Creating Douglass County, Maryland is the most politically feasible way for us the citizens of what is presently the District of Columbia to become fully enfranchised 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. A Constitutional Amendment was attempted between 1978 and 1985, and It failed to garner three-fourths of the States to back it. It received 18 out the necessary 36 and then the proposed amendment expired. Now, there is no active effort to bring us Congressional voting rights through a Constitutional Amendment.
In contrast, 51st Statehood for the District of Columbia has recently gained significant traction locally and within Democratic political party circles. H.R. 51 is the name of the legislation. The bill was passed by the House of Representatives on June 26, 2020, but It will not be brought up in the U.S. Senate in this legislative session since the GOP majority there prevents it. Likely, if a new version of H.R. 51 passes the House in 2021 it too will fail in the Senate. For H.R. 51 to pass the Senate the Democrats must either overcome a GOP filibuster or change the rules regarding the filibuster in relation to the bill. Both scenarios are doubtful. Democratic Senators Schumer, Jones, Manchin, Feinstein, and King (an Independent who caucuses with the Democrats) are unlikely to back the legislation or a change in the rules enough to affect its success. Similarly, although Joe Biden, may become the next President of the United States, his history when he was in the Senate for 36 years is that he respects the institution of the Senate and he will not lobby for a change to the filibuster rules for legislation that is not popular nationally. The most recent national polling, by Gallup, for or against 51st Statehood for the District of Columbia shows that two-thirds of Americans are opposed to it. https://news.gallup.com/poll/260129/americans-reject-statehood.aspx
The bottom line is that there is very little chance that Congress will ever pass 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, DC for short, named after the great abolitionist, Frederick Douglass, is our path forward.
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.