Several of Colorado’s northern counties want to secede from the state. The new state would be called Northern Colorado, reflecting the fact that their voices are not being heard in Denver.
Similar discontent occurred in California after last November’s elections. Residents in northern and eastern counties registered their voices by signing a petition for separation from the uberliberal influences of Los Angeles and southern California.
The same followed for Texas early this year when the Lone Star State sought to sever its ties with the federal government while seeking recognition as an independent nation.
Such movements seem to get the cold shoulder from those in power at both state and federal levels. The number of signatories on secession petitions usually remains below the critical levels needed to gain voice with government.
Yet, the frequency of their occurrence and the growing number of regions seeking to secede speak of increasing regionalization and deepening political divide in the country.
- Rationale for secession typically occurs among conservatives with those holding high the values of individuality, personal liberty, capitalism, business, and free markets.
- Particularly ignored are those regions that have oil and gas resources, but are prohibited by governmental regulation to realize their energy potentials.
- Regions and states that show fiscal responsibility also seek to be freed both from overspending governments and from funding union workers who no longer work.
- Restrictions on speech and the right to bear arms rank high as irritants among secession petitioners.
- So does the overflow of immigrants through the porous borders of the states that welcome such illegals.
“We believe there’s an attack on oil and gas,” Colorado commissioner Barbara Kirkmeyer said, according to Fox News. “We believe there’s an attack on agriculture. I don’t think those down in Denver understand any of it.”
“We have businesses leaving all the time, and we’re just driving down a cliff to become a third-world economy,” said Republican County Supervisor, Jeff Stone, of California in the New York Times. “Anyone you ask has a horror story. At some point we have to decide enough is enough and deal with it in a radically new way.”
And, prosperous Texas is getting weary of generating wealth for the rest of the nation. “Our economy is so vast and diverse that if Texas were its own country… we’d be the 14th-largest economy in the world,” said speaker of the House, Joe Straus III, a San Antonio Republican according to the New York Times. Instead, Texas disperses its wealth elsewhere through the largess of the U.S. government.
The voice of another America is speaking out but not being heard. At least, not yet.