Today, I’ve watched members of congress on C-SPAN give their opinions in regards to Budget Autonomy for Washington DC.
For those of you who do not know, not only are the residents of Washington DC (like me) not given a vote in Congress (our Delegate is not given a vote), but Washington DC is not given budget autonomy (freedom from external control or influence).
The District of Columbia wants the ability to create their budgets, implement their budgets, and do what’s best in the interests of the citizens of Washington DC. There has even been a court order in support of that.
However, this Republican lead Congress doesn’t want to see this happen. Delegate Norton, has passionately tried to make her voice heard through reason, rallied others to support, but still to no avail.
As a Jazz artist, I only know one way to express my disgust towards our Congress in regards to this issue. Below are the lyrics to my song “Home Rule” that will be included on my upcoming album “The PRIDE” which will be released later this year. These words describe my disappointment in some Representatives who would rather be referred to as “Master” in the Big House.
There’s a plantation where sharecroppers toil
With sweat on their brow, and blood in the soil.
A building sits there, passing laws every day,
New people arrive, while the natives move away.
It seems unreal, but they have no autonomy,
Some call it the Capitol, but it’s home to me.
Millionaires walk around, flooding every street
Giving sullen looks to the poor that they meet
Hired cars, shuffle the people around,
Then & Now, how it’s changed this town.
We asked for our money, they took our authority,
Some may call it Washington, but it’s home to me.
Taxation without representation you’ll hear the old folks say.
The Good ole masters throw their parties, and then look the other way.
Once a year, they let us, celebrate emancipation day,
Then up to work from dawn to dusk, then home again to pray.
To my Delegate I pass a simple note.
She tries to speak our stories in the big house, but they took away her vote.
Dollar after dollar is scrutinized, then a budget they’ll make.
Only to pass it to the authorities, and they’ll tell us what we can take.
You may ask, is this America or a special on TV.
No, it’s just our plantation, Our home, we call it DC.