The founding fathers established the District of Columbia in 1790 with land ceded from Virginia and Maryland to create an independent federal government seat required to conduct it’s day-to-day business without being beholden to a state or the politics that controlled it.

Many scholars have argued a constitutional amendment would be required in order to turn those ten square miles into a new state for it’s 700,000 full, and part-time residents — about the size of one congressional district allowing for one House member and two Senate seats.

But Democrats are trying to ram through statehood with their small majority in order to give the Senate more Democrat seats, as the District is unquestionably blue, in order to tilt their 50-50 split.

House Democrats took the first step Thursday in passing a statehood measure by a 216-208 vote with Colorado Democrats supporting the power grab, while Republicans voted no.

Here with Democrats’ compelling reason for statehood is Colorado U.S. Sen. Johh Hickenlooper:

And Colorado U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse:

D.C. actually does have a voice in Congress. A very loud, and powerful voice in Delegate Democrat Eleanor Holmes Norton, whom the district has reelected 15 times to the U.S. House to represent them for more than 30 years.

Before her congressional service, President Jimmy Carter appointed her to serve as the first woman to chair the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She came to Congress as a national figure who had been a civil rights and feminist leader, tenured professor of law, and board member at three Fortune 500 companies. Congresswoman Norton has been named one of the 100 most important American women in one survey and one of the most powerful women in Washington in another. The Congresswoman’s work for full congressional voting representation and for full democracy for the people of the District of Columbia continues her lifelong struggle for universal human and civil rights.

U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette says statehood is needed now because it’s time Democrats get more U.S. senators:

Democrats can’t really give a good reason for statehood, because they don’t want to admit the real reason is for more power.

And with the current radical climate in the Democrat Party, now is definately not the time to let them have it.