Election Day has passed and yet again, America is still stuck with only a mere 50 states, thanks to the people of Colorado who voted against the succession movement. The secession plan stemmed from the growing divide between urban and rural interests, as well as, the several new laws that have recently passed by the Democratic controlled legislature such as gun control, cruel treatment of livestock, additional regulation of big oil and gas production, growth in renewable energy standards in rural areas, and civil unions.
According to the U.S. Constitution, a new state can be formed from an existing state if approved by both the original state’s legislature and Congress. To give you an idea of how often this happens, the most recent states to secede were Maine, which was originally part of Massachusetts in 1820, and West Virginia, which departed from Virginia in 1863 to break away from the Confederacy. It seems the federal government has been rather stringent regarding the accumulation of new states.
While Colorado and other places have given us much entertainment with their secession talk, that’s pretty much all it is or probably will be…talk. Thanks to common sense, the movement has failed, but unfortunately the fundamental conflicts in American politics are only going to expand.
Oh yeah and marijuana taxes from Colorado are going to fund their education — and Portland Maine is the first East Coast city to legalize pot! Another win for the stoners (sane people).
Watch a report about their (failed) efforts to secede:
h/t: Huffington Post