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“”We are the perfect team for Washington DC, since we spend wildly ludicrous sums of money on flashy things while ignoring the long-term structural issues that will eventually cripple us. The only difference is that America gets to hold Presidential elections every four years.
|—Deadspin, "Why Your Team Sucks 2014: Washington Redskins"|
Washington, D.C. (District of Columbia), usually referred to as just "DC" or "The District" (by those in the DC Metro area) or "Washington"[note 1] is a federal district wedged between northern Virginia and Maryland which serves as the capital of the United States. The Executive offices, Supreme Court, and Legislative Capitol Building are all located there.
Politicians actually spend very little time in Washington. In the past, Democrats and Republicans went to school together, their kids played ball together, you saw him outside of work with his mutual friends, you went to events together. As congressmen spend less and less time on the Hill, work weeks got shorter and shorter, and now each time these guys interact, it's in a fight. They see each other as the Enemy and that seeps down to their constituencies.
Washington: the swamp anomaly
|—George Templeton Strong|
Washington is an exception in many ways:
- It has no voting representation in the Congress, despite clearly being a part of the U.S. In spite of this, it still has three votes in the Electoral College, as if it were a small state. It has one representative, but they do not have any voting power on the House floor, and it has no senators because it is not a state. The
secretreal reason that this is not changed is because it would mean more votes for Democrats, according to John Kasich (they voted for the Democrats by over 85% in 1984).
- It is a planned city on a coast renowned for horribly unplanned cities[note 2] (with the exception of Manhattan and semi-exception of Philadelphia). This, however, doesn't make much difference as the downtown grid is covered with avenues slashing across at odd angles, turning a sensible layout into an insane patchwork of zig-zags. There is a conspiracy theory about this odd layout. A famous urban legend that claims the streets were designed to confuse invading armies is also Bullshit.
- It is literally built on a swamp, making for really nasty humidity in the summer.
- Despite enormous amounts of money passing through it, a majority of its inhabitants are poor minorities.
- The Moonies own one of their two daily newspapers and the guy who founded Amazon owns the other.
- If you look at a map showing D.C. and its surrounding area, you will notice that Washington along with the cities of Arlington and Alexandria, Virginia, look like a diamond road sign.[note 3] This is because in its original plan the District of Columbia straddled the Potomac River with Arlington and Alexandria incorporated into the District. These cities were returned to Virginia on 9 July 1846.
- It is the only city directly ruled by the federal government in the entire US. Many think that the reason is the same as its lack of Congressional representation: they would be ruled by the Democrats.
- FedEx Field is closer to Baltimore than D.C. If you know your Washington Pigskins, Jack Kent Cooke wanted to get a new stadium before he died, but public money was out of the question, so he built a bare bones stadium and named it after himself. The heiress, Jacquline Kent Cooke (when you wanted a son but biology didn't cooperate), really needed that tax break. No wonder she is beating peasants over the head with a glass handbag.
- Washington, D.C. has a population of 658,893 crammed within 61.4 miles², not including a daily influx of 5,358,282 visitors attempting to photograph the cherry blossoms.
- The Beltway, after Interstate 495 which encircles both the city and wealthy environs like Bethesda, Maryland and Alexandria, Virginia, home to huge numbers of federal contractors and lobbyists
- That stinking hole of corruption and depravity
The site of major (and minor) protests
Over the decades, Washington D.C. has been the site of major protests and marches. This includes:
- June/July 1932 - Bonus Army. World War I veterans marched and protested to demand the payment of their bonus from WWI early, which was not due then until 1945 but badly needed during the Great Depression. Some of the Bonus Army marchers stuck around in makeshift camps and wouldn't leave until late July when troops led by soon-to-be-WWII-heroes Gens. MacArthur and Patton (with an obscure major named Dwight Eisenhower as aide-de-camp) forcibly evicted them with bayonets and riot control gas. President Herbert Hoover ordered the assault stopped but MacArthur, in a sign of things to come, ignored him.
- August 28, 1963 - March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. This is where Martin Luther King Jr. gave his "I Have a Dream" speech (probably the most important Civil Rights march in the US history).
- November 15, 1969 - National Mobilization to End the War. Anti-war groups from across the nation came to D.C. to march, party, and get gassed (both by their own doing and by the cops...), though not necessary in that order, protesting the war in Vietnam. 
- September 19, 1981 - Solidarity Day March. Various union groups organized a march to protest what would eventually be mocked as Reaganomics.
- March 26, 1991 - A wide variety of anti-war, union, and worker groups came to protest against U.S. involvement in the First Bush Gulf War.
- October 16, 1995 - Million Man March, organized by Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam (may not have actually had one million men show up).
- October 4, 1997 - Promise Keepers shows up at the mall to "Stand in the Gap" and promise to, well, something. Nobody is quite sure what but it had something to do with this.
- 2002-2007 - Too many protests to count against the Iraq War organized by one of two rival anti-war groups, the ANSWER coalition and United for Peace and Justice. Several of these were quite large and drew in excess of 100,000 people. The ANSWER protests drew criticism for their lineup of flaky speakers trying to inject every other possible issue into the protest ("free the Cuban Five", "independence for Puerto Rico", "free Mumia", Palestinian and immigrant rights issues, ad nauseam) instead of keeping it focused on opposing the war. The more mainstream UFPJ's protests were better received.
- September 12, 2009 - Tea Partiers show up en masse to party. Organizers make wild claims of 600,000 to 2 million in attendance, but the D.C. Fire Department estimated 60,000 to "in excess of 75,000." The date was based on the 9/12 Movement, one of Glenn Beck's concoctions.
- April 12th-16th, 2016 - Democracy Spring, a grassroots march from Philadelphia, PA to Washington D.C., occurs protesting for stronger campaign finance laws. It turns out approximately 4,000 people and results in 1,200 arrests for civil disobedience.
- April 16th-19th, 2016 - Democracy Awakening, a mass mobilization of nearly 300 organizations, demand the restoration of the Voting Rights Act and campaign finance reform.
- January 21st, 2017 - The Women's March on Washington, the largest protest in American history and proof that Trump's inauguration drew more crowds than Obama.
- January 6, 2021 - 2021 U.S. Capitol riot, an insurrection by racists, fascists, conspiracy theorists, and other Trump supporters in an attempt to overturn Donald Trump's loss in the 2020 election. Trump himself told the rioters to "fight like hell," while Rudy Giuliani called for "trial by combat."
- Slugs commuting in from Fake Virginia and Maryland
- Your tax dollars
- Minor Threat, punk band and inspiration for the straight edge movement
- Bad Brains, an awesome hardcore punk band
- Fugazi, and almost everybody on Dischord Records
- Angel, worst hair metal band ever, who may be better known for Frank Zappa spoofing them than for their music.
- The Blackbyrds, a pretty good R&B vocal group from the 1970s ("Walking in Rhythm," "Rock Creek Park")
- Thievery Corporation, a decent lounge-downtempo "conglomeration". Given the legal status of cannabis in DC, it's no coincidence most of their fans are also stoners.
- Urban Verbs. Calling them a Talking Heads imitation isn't fair. After all, Talking Heads were from New York, Urban Verbs were from D.C.
- Frequent scandals and the like
- By the unwashed heathens in other, lesser parts of the country, except for that state in the Pacific Northwest and its neighbors to the south and to the east, where people use "Washington" when referring to The State of, and "D.C." for That One-Time Malarial Swamp on the Banks of the Potomac.
- See, Boston, which city's roads were laid out on random cowpaths, according to local legend.
- It is a perfect square. Each side is ten miles (16 km) long.
- Ken Burns' The Civil War, S01E02
- Kasich makes a mistake by accidentally telling the truth by Steve Benen (04/22/16 10:02 AM) MSNBC.
- See the Wikipedia article on Arlington County, Virginia.
- See the Wikipedia article on Alexandria, Virginia.
- Andrews-Dyer, Helena, "Socialite Jacqueline Kent Cooke charged after alleged assault with a $300 glass purse", WaPo 4 January 2018. Who would expect slurs and violence coming from the Redskins family?