According to the U.S. Constitution, “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.” So a bit of an uphill battle then. Especially in Colorado, where northern and rural voters didn’t have the political clout to kill recently passed civilian disarmament legislation (including an ammunition magazine capacity ban and “expanded background checks”). Even so, yahoo.com reveals that the desire of Centennial Staters to form the new state of “Northern Colorado” is not without historical precedent . . .
According to the National Constitution Center, an organization based in Philadelphia, this process “has been used successfully to create five states: Vermont (from New York, in 1791); Kentucky (from Virginia, in 1792); Tennessee (from North Carolina, in 1796); Maine (from Massachusetts, in 1820); and West Virginia (from Virginia, in 1863).”
The Coloradans talking succession are seriously pissed about gun laws, the push for renewable energy (i.e. making it difficult for the region to sell its resources) and livestock regs—amongst things. thedenverpost.com rounded-up elected officials down with northern Coloradans’ move to go it alone.
“The people of rural Colorado are mad, and they have every right to be,” said U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner, a Republican from Yuma. “The governor and his Democrat colleagues in the statehouse have assaulted our way of life, and I don’t blame these people one bit for feeling attacked and unrepresented by the leaders of our state.”
Despite left-wing derision–Steve Mazurana, a longtime Greeley resident and former political science professor at the University of Northern Colorado, calls it Crackpottopia—Gardner’s righteous indignation is echoed by other pols in the area. Back to Yahoo:
“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,” said Douglas Rademacher, a Weld County Commissioner. “This is just one of our options, but we will be moving forward with it.”
In addition to Weld County, other counties weighing the new-state idea are Morgan, Logan, Sedgwick, Phillips, Washington, Yuma, and Kit Carson.
A state of North Colorado containing those counties would not be the smallest US state, in land area, but it would have the smallest population.
Meanwhile, immigration from slave states to free states continues apace, this household included. And the stronger these states become economically, politically and socially, the more likely that they’ll find a way—or be forced to find a way—to break from the federal system that they reject, lock, stock and barrel. No really.