Eight counties in northeastern Colorado are looking at the possibility of becoming the nation’s 51st state. Like so many idyllic locales in the country, Colorado’s population corridor along the eastern slope of the Rockies has been successfully invaded by progressives immigrating from places like California where they have managed to soil their own nest. And like in California, huge sections of Colorado now suffer taxation and regulation without representation from Denver. So, these eight counties are exploring ways to again become free to pursue their own ideas of life, liberty, and property.
RR readers are familiar with the Great Divide debate that is growing across America as socialism’s autocracy reaches its tentacles into the last lairs of self-reliance and entrepreneurship. (See the Great Divide category link in the right panel.) The Colorado Eight are just the latest jurisdictions to express their yearning for a future not destined for a coerced comprehensive collectivism. (more here, and google ‘8 counties, Colorado’)
These eight counties may be on to something that can help preserve the Union, albeit in a restructured way that allows the Great Experiment bequeathed by our Founders to continue. To the idea of breakaway counties forming their own state (a la West Virginia), I offer that restructuring could come about in certain cases where such counties abut a neighboring state more congenial to the culture and values of such disenchanted populations. In the case of Colorado, these eight counties might consider appealing to Wyoming, if such a realignment is mutually attractive.
Here in California most of the more sparsely populated inland counties already stand raped by regulations from Sacramento and Washington. We have little in common with the liberal legions that dominate the coastal areas, and the two big metropolitan regions of the state. The new state of Sierra(?) is beginning to look better by the day.
There is no guarantee that such a restructuring will work because socialism is a disease powered by ideological evangelism – ‘We know what’s best for you, or else.’ And it spreads virally, appealing to the under-educated with promises of redistribution and through co-opting public education to manufacture more of the under-educated. But then again, we can dream …
[31jul13 update] For completeness, this contribution to RR’s Great Divide category was meant to elicit inputs from the Left that illustrate what drives such a notion of self-governance in the America of the 21st century. As of this writing it has done so in spades.