For awhile, the secession talk subsided because the idea developed of perhaps changing the structure of the state government so that every county would have the same number of representatives regardless of the population of the county. In other words, representative would be based on land and not people. That would in all probability go down to defeat, so once again the session talk continues. Several of these counties will put it on their ballot to see if they should go the state and request approval from the state legislature for secession. If approved in Colorado, then it must be approved by the dysfunctional congress in Washington D. C.
It amounts to a hissyfit because these counties aren't getting their way. It seems every time someone on the extreme left or extreme right or just the extreme doesn't have the vote to go their way, they decide it is time to take their ball and go home. Don't like the president; Rick Perry thinks Texas should secede. Don't like the rules in one state; then that county should secede to another state. Don't like the rules in Colorado; make your own state. And so it goes. It is actually more than that though. Governor Hickenlooper has stated that he needs and the state legislature needs to pay better attention to its rural areas. Probably true. Just as true, it is the nature of representative democracy that occasionally one group or another loses control.
And then it happened.
decided to join the movement. Did they publicize that they were considering this? No. Did they have it on their agenda? No. They just did it. They voted 3-0 to add Elbert County to the 51st state initiative. I don't know whether to laugh or cry. I told my wife that I saw this on the news, and she looked at me and said that it was just embarrassing. I understand that living in Colorado where the larger area of the state is rural, but the population is mostly urban, it is tough not to feel left out. That said, I really don't feel very well represented by the sneakiness of my county commissioners. They did, in fact, exactly what they are accusing the Colorado State Legislature of doing: passed something without request for public input. They went only on the idea that the vocal few is representing everyone. I do not know if I am in the minority or not, but I do know that there was no public discourse of this decision.