The Democratic abuses in Denver on energy and second amendment rights have led to all sorts of responses, from a nearly unprecedented legislative recall campaign, but now they just may be leading to secession.
Weld County commissioners on Thursday announced that they want to join other northeastern Colorado counties in forming a new state — North Colorado.
Commissioners said a “collective mass” of issues have cumulated during the past several years that isolate rural Colorado from the rest of the state and put those counties at a disadvantage.
They said they met with county commissioners at a Colorado Counties, Inc. conference earlier this week to discuss the feasibility of forming a new state, a question that would first be put to voters on the November ballot.
Commissioners said Morgan, Logan, Sedgwick, Phillips, Washington, Yuma and Kit Carson counties all expressed interest in the idea.
The signing of S.B. 252, which increases renewable energy standards in rural areas in a way that rural energy companies say is too costly, and an attack on the oil and gas industry from the Legislature this year were the “straws that broke the camel’s back,” commissioners said.
Weld County’s main economic drivers — agriculture and energy — are under attack, even though they fill Colorado coffers, said Weld County Commissioner Sean Conway.
Conway said Vermont, Tennessee, Kentucky, Maine, and West Virginia petitioned for statehood for similar reasons in United States history. He said just because it hasn’t been done for 150 years, doesn’t mean the proposal isn’t appropriate.
“It hasn’t been tried in a while, but we also didn’t have a Supreme Court decide the presidential election for 100 years” until the 2000 presidential election, he said.
If state and federal lawmakers approve of the new state, there would be 51 white stars on the American flag and countless questions.
Under guidelines in the U.S. Constitution, North Colorado would have to get the consent of the Colorado General Assembly and the U.S. Congress to move forward with forming its own state.
Just imagine a North Colorado that actually does something useful and a South Colorado that spends money and passes restrictive laws basically making it California. Speaking of which, can the United States just secede from D.C.?