Rural Colorado Counties Vote to Secede as 51st State Because They Apparently Don’t Like Math

rural-tumbleweedThe word “majority” I would think is a pretty easy one to understand.  Often the concept “majority rules” is used in decision making for groups of people.  And it’s definitely what’s used in nearly all political elections.

It’s just basic math.

But apparently this basic math is not something several counties in rural Colorado like.  Which is why five of them recently voted to secede and become the 51st state in the United States.

Granted, this vote was completely symbolic (well, for most—I’m sure some of these people thought they would actually become their own state) but it just strikes me as the ultimate hissy fit.

See, these rural residents are upset that metropolitan areas (you know, where most people actually live) seem to be controlling the way Colorado is governed.  And like most populated areas, they’re mostly populated by liberals.

Kind of ironic, isn’t it?  Aren’t conservatives always the ones harping on “states rights?”  Well, this state (Colorado) held elections where the people elected certain politicians, who then passed legislation supported by the majority of those who voted them into office.  Sounds like “states rights” to me.

These massively populated areas of eastern Colorado (roughly 29,900 people spread throughout these five counties) don’t feel like their voices are being heard, so they decided to hold a vote to secede and form their own state that they could govern their way.

Basically what these people are upset about is that elections work.  The majority of the people of Colorado picked a specific state legislature, these people that couldn’t fill up many of the high school football stadiums here in Texas don’t like it, so they’ve decided to throw a temper tantrum.

What are three of the biggest issues they want this new state to address?  Well, they would refuse to recognize civil unions of homosexuals, they wouldn’t support renewable energy standards and they’d place no limits on ammunition magazines.

You know, issues that just shake the very foundation of humanity.  How dare those filthy Colorado liberals force these people to recognize equal rights for homosexuals, more renewable energy and stricter regulations to help curb gun violence!

I live in Texas where Democrats have essentially zero power in our state legislature.  Even when Wendy Davis’ filibuster successfully blocked the passage of stricter rules for abortions, it was only a temporary victory.  Governor Rick Perry simply called for a second special session and the Republican attack on women’s rights pushed forward.  At that point, Democrats couldn’t do anything to stop it.

I always love how conservatives almost always turn to talk of secession whenever they don’t get their way.  This vote wasn’t one to secede from the United States (as some Republicans have advocated for) but it’s still based on the same whiny stance of, “We didn’t get our way, so we’re going to throw a hissy fit about it.”

Just when you thought conservatives couldn’t get any more ridiculous—just wait until tomorrow.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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