North Colorado: the 51st State?

In the past few years, liberal Democrats have taken over the state legislature and governor’s mansion in the beautiful state of Colorado.  Once known for its ski slopes, hunting, fishing and picturesque landscapes, Colorado is now known for passing strict anti-firearms and anti-Second Amendment laws, greater reliance on renewable energy sources and stricter handling of livestock.  The actions of the liberal Democrats have driven several firearms companies out of the state and have caused the Outdoor Channel to cancel 4 programs filmed in Colorado and push for a boycott of all visits to the state.

A number of conservatives in the state are vowing to take whatever drastic action necessary to preserve what they can of their dignity and American way of life.  They have launched recall petitions against several of the leading Democrats in hopes of ousting them from office, but the liberal Dems seem to have a firm grasp on the politics in Denver.

What else is there left to do?  A number of northern rural counties are starting to talk about banding together to launch an initiative to secede from the rest of the state of Colorado and form their own new state.

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Douglas Rademacher, a Weld County Commissioner, stated:

“Our vision and our morals are no longer represented by the state [Legislature] and the current [governor’s] administration, and we think it’s time that we do take seriously what our options are.  This is just one of our options, but we will be moving forward with it.”

If the northern counties do decide to secede and form North Colorado, they face a difficult, but not impossible task.  First they would have to get a majority vote from all counties involved with the secession.  Then, according to Article 4, Section 3 of US Constitution, they would need the Colorado State Legislature to approve the petition to secede and then the approval of the US Congress.

“Article 4: Section 3:

New States may be admitted by the Congress into this Union; but no new State shall be formed or erected within the Jurisdiction of any other State; nor any State be formed by the Junction of two or more States, or Parts of States, without the Consent of the Legislatures of the States concerned as well as of the Congress.”

Though daunting, the effort to secede and form a new state has been successful five times in US history.  In 1791, a section of New York seceded and formed the state of Vermont.  In 1792, a section of Virginia seceded and formed the state of Kentucky.  In 1796, a section of North Carolina seceded and formed the state of Tennessee.  In 1820, a section of Massachusetts seceded and formed the state of Maine.  The last successful secession took place in 1863 during the Civil War, when a section of Virginia seceded and formed the new state of West Virginia.

More often than naught, secession movements have met with failure rather than success.  Some of the more classic attempts for secession have been made by Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and parts of Wisconsin and Minnesota to form the new state of Superior.  During the 1850s, there were three attempts by Southern California to secede from the northern part of the state, but they all met with failure.

More recent secession attempts were made in 2008 when it was proposed that Long Island secede from New York over tax issues.  In 2011, it was proposed that Pima County secede from Arizona to become Baja Arizona.  Also in 2011, a drive was launched to get most of the southern and eastern counties of California to secede from the rest of the state.

On more than one occasion, the idea of splitting a state in two has been discussed by the state legislature of Washington.  Using the Cascade Mountains as the dividing line to form East and West Washington, they cited differences in climate, population and political interests.

It will be interesting to see what the northern Colorado counties decide to do.  I see one of their biggest hurdles being the approval of the Democratic controlled state legislature.  History is against them, but stranger things have happened in the past few years, so I would never rule out the possibility of North Colorado becoming the 51st state.  If they do succeed, I expect to see a number of other secession attempts being made in some of the more liberal states.  I wonder how many stars the American flag can hold?

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