AFTER READING “TWO ANgry Men” (The District Line, 7/7), I came to the conclusion that Washington, D.C. is more of an oligarchy than a constitutional republic. To plead my case to you, the stranded Potomac River jellyfish that inhabit the land in Washington, D.C., I present the following evidence.

“Oligarchy” comes from the Greek word oligos meaning “few.”“Oligarchy” means a government structure established and operated by the few over the many. A constitutional republic, on the other hand, is based upon a written constitution which enumerates the rights held by the individual and the prohibitions which are placed upon the state. The state is prohibited from creating laws that violate the constitutional rights of the individual.

The Seventh Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states, “In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right to trial by jury shall be preserved….” The Sixth Amendment states, “in all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial by an impartial jury of the state and district where the crime shall have been committed…” (emphasis added). The Fifth Amendment says that no person can be held for a capital crime unless indicted by a grand jury. I’d say without a doubt that the framers of the Constitution believed a trial by jury to be an inalienable right.

The Second Amendment specifically states that individuals may arm themselves and the government cannot make laws that would stop or restrict individuals from doing so. In D.C., only agents of the state are permitted to legally possess firearms. True, if you’re a well-connected celebrity like Carl Rowan, you can get away with it by using a jury. Now that may be a thing of the past too.

The Third Amendment sets out the manner by which the military can be legally deployed. It says government must abide by its laws regulating deployment of the military. The Posse Comitatus Act forbids use of the military during peacetime to enforce civilian law. The D.C. government and many other state and federal officials are deploying regular combat troops and military hardware to enforce civilian law.

The Fourth Amendment forbids government from illegally stopping, searching, or seizing the property of any individual without a warrant from a judge. The “jump out” squads have stomped out the Fourth Amendment.

I could go on and say that the First Amendment is violated by prohibitions against political signs like the Barry signs that still litter D.C. However, I won’t, because it’s obvious to anyone who comprehends English that the D.C. government ignores the U.S. Constitution, and the Supreme Court usually permits them to get away with it. All of you Potomac jellyfish are now subject to punishment by laws without the benefit of being judged by an impartial jury of your peers. Since D.C. will soon be operated by an unelected control board, you “PJs” could be punished by a judge for breaking laws and regulations not passed by your elected officials. The structure and composition of this board will be decided upon by the president and Congress. Of course, you PJs can’t vote for real congressmen. Even worse yet, some of you PJs that have felony convictions can’t even vote for the puppet D.C. government. If you don’t feel like chumps yet, then remember, half of your income is taken by force to pay for this tyranny. There can be no doubt that the citizens of D.C. are living under the rule of an oligarchy.

Where is the spirit of American rebelliousness? The first Americans would have been kicking butt already for way less than you poor PJs have endured thus far. But of course I should not confuse you PJs with the men and women of all colors who fought for their independence in 1776. They had courage beyond imagination. They possessed great strength, imagination, and deeply held convictions that they would willingly die for. They had something a jellyfish could never own—backbone! I’m sure there is probably someone in D.C. who has a backbone. But until you start shouting I’ll have to assume that you are all a pack of cowards. Prove me wrong.

Woodbridge, Va.