Not content to sit on your asses and let the progressives run your lives?
Well, we aren’t either.
Only, we here is Weld County, CO — and several other counties that are joining us or are preparing to join us — are actually trying to do something about it. Aside from the civil disobedience with which we’re already making our displeasure known, which includes a refusal by our district reps and state senators to follow the anti-gun laws passed by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s bought-and-paid for Colorado Democrat coalition, which includes all of the Democrat-led assembly people and Senators along with Colorado’s Democrat Governor.
Not living in New York, many of us feel we shouldn’t be constrained by the wishes of a wealthy New York Mayor, particularly one who I’m honestly convinced believes he was put on this earth to serve as its king.
The Weld County Commissioners voted unanimously at Monday’s meeting to place a measure on the Nov. 5 ballot asking voters whether they want the county to join other rural counties in forming another state.
“The concerns of rural Coloradans have been ignored for years,” William Garcia, chairman of the Weld County Commissioners, said in a statement. “The last session was the straw that broke the camel’s back for many people. They want change. They want to be heard.”
Three other rural counties — Cheyenne, Sedgwick and Yuma — also plan to place the 51st state referendum on the fall ballot. At least three more counties plan to consider the proposal this week at their commission meetings, said Jeffrey Hare, spokesman for the 51st State Initiative.
Known for its agriculture and oil and gas production, Weld is the largest of the Colorado counties exploring a break with the state after the legislature’s sharp turn to the left with bills restricting access to firearms and doubling the state’s renewable-energy mandate for rural areas.
Democrats control both houses of the legislature and the governor’s office. Two Democratic state senators — Angela Giron and John Morse — are facing Sept. 10 recall elections in response to the legislature’s gun control votes.
Forming a state isn’t easy: Even if the ballot measures pass, the Colorado state legislature would be required to amend the constitution to configure the state’s borders and refer a request for a new state to Congress.
Approving a 51st state would require a majority vote of both houses of Congress, although the Constitution doesn’t require the signature of the president, Mr. Hare said.
“Again, folks say this can never happen. However, we are starting to hear from disenfranchised groups all over the country,” said a post on the 51st State Initiative’s website. “We are truly a divided nation. It is possible, if not likely, that we may not be the only group requesting from Congress the formation of a new state.”
Given the complexities involved with creating a state, Mr. Hare said, the Northern Colorado movement is considering two other options: asking Wyoming to annex Colorado’s northern counties or requesting that the state legislature redraw its Senate districts to give a senator to each of the state’s 64 counties, analogous to how the U.S. apportions seats by state, regardless of their populations.
Colorado now has 35 senators in districts drawn by population, giving the state’s urban areas far greater sway in the state legislature.
And many of those who’ve poured into our urban areas come from states that they left already bankrupt.
It’s like we’re being ruled by migratory locusts — if locusts were shallow, status-seeking yuppies whose politics were tied to what they believed were the perceptions of each party and its members, and who thought hipness can be defined by a willingness to remove natural rights they don’t happen to find terribly appealing in the hands of the swarm (though they of course often exempt themselves from the very restrictions they impose on us).
Which they aren’t. They’re people. Who happen to get elected. Which doesn’t make them my sovereign. It makes them my employee.
And I am fixing to vote for firing their asses.