51st State Initiative touts "OVERWHELMING success," works to broaden secession

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If you thought the folks behind the 51st State Initiative were discouraged when only five of eleven counties where the ballot measure ran voted to secede from Colorado, you'd be wrong.

The organizers are thrilled by what they describe as an "OVERWHELMING success" (the caps are theirs).

They're also readying for an event tonight that's intended to help spread the secession message even further in the future.

Here's part of a post-election statement shared on the 51st State Initiative Facebook page, which has an impressive 15,000-plus likes:

Putting last night's vote in context... 5 counties DID vote to proceed. A MINIMUM of 43% of voters supported the initiative for all of the other six counties. We've gone from 0% support to a minimum of 43% support in all counties in just over 4 months. This is a RESOUNDING message and should be viewed as an OVERWHELMING success.
The 43 percent figure is important, as is clear by the subsequent posting of a map in which those counties that registered that much support but didn't carry a majority are colored orange -- designated as "significant citizen support."

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And just because the election's over doesn't mean secessionists have stopped promoting their philosophy. At 6 p.m. tonight at the Lamar Community Building, backers are holding what's termed on a Facebook events page as an "informational meeting" about the 51st State Initiative. The pitch reads like so:
We will be meeting in the multi-purpose room of the Community building in Lamar. We want strong public attendance to listen to the detailed proposals brought by the 51st State Initiative Invite as many of your friends as possible. We are looking for people that are willing to join in on the discussion. I look forward to seeing y'all there.

Hopefully we can get folks from throughout the region: Kiowa, Crowley, Otero, Bent, Prowers and Baca counties.

Another such meeting will take place on Wednesday, November 13, in Burlington. The Facebook events page for that gathering can be accessed by clicking here.

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This banner appears on the Facebook page for the Lamar event.
Plenty of comments on the 51st State Initiative page are optimistic, too. A case in point reads: "YOU ARE AWESOME! Pursue if you elect to do so... This country has no representation anymore." But there are also quite a few posts expressing disappointment that Weld County, in particular, nixed the initiative. Here's one take that tries to put this shortfall into perspective:
This has been a hugely successful endeavor.......It may not have won initially. But this vote was just a barometer to see how much pressure is on the idea. And there is a lot of pressure for such a preliminary stage of formation. I'm not surprised in Weld County because Greeley and Windsor are more Urban. And It does not surprise me in other more rural counties because there is a big sentimentality to keeping CO the square state.......I think the Initiative will continue to build momentum and afford rural folks a better voice against the noise of the progressive machine that dominates our politics today.
Bottom line: The 51st State Initiative isn't going away anytime soon.

Send your story tips to the author, Michael Roberts.


More from our Politics archive: "Five counties vote for 51st state question: Top twenty secession memes."



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26 comments
RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

The initiative to split Colorado is one of the most idiotic political proposals of the year, utterly pointless, except to communicate rural disaffection and incomprehension to the rest of us.

Walter A Lopez
Walter A Lopez

Goes to show the funding for education is important. Each one of those counties of full uneducated people. To bad.

wethepeople
wethepeople

   These counties elected the people who currently represent them. The tax revenue from these area's isn't  enough to govern themselves anyway. 

Griff2
Griff2

The 5 counties that approved secession have a total population of 29,200. You definitely can't call that an overwhelming success. I know these folks don't feel like they're represented, but they are -- exactly in proportion to their numbers. Just because a small group of folks hold different beliefs from the much larger majority, it doesn't mean that their collective vote is just as significant. Put another way, in our representative government, it's people who are represented, not acres. It doesn't matter how many square miles your county has. If you have 5,000 people in your county, you get just as much representation as a large Denver neighborhood. Get over it!

faerychikk
faerychikk

So if this does succeed, are we splitting up into 4 different states? Prowers and Moffat counties aren't touching the others so is there going to be 3 North Colorados and one Colorado? Ridiculous. 

Sean Bracken
Sean Bracken

I think they should all get the hell out of Colorado, move to Kansas and let the state keep its land and allow the people who like the state no matter what stay in it.

DougHubka
DougHubka

This whole things is starting to sound like a bunch of 2nd graders that are threatening to take their ball home if they don't get their way.

It is interesting to see how much fear , resentment and anger have become such a large part of our culture these days.

Sohum S
Sohum S

Almost as dumb as the counties that voted to ban retain cannabis sales but still want a slice of the tax revenue they will generate.

Sean Bracken
Sean Bracken

No, it was a failure. Still sad to see ANY counties try this. There is a liberal group in Arizona that wants to secede from the state too. So what do right wingers that voted for this think of that? Would they be for that too? Stupid on both sides.

McShyster
McShyster

In Teatard speak: "overwhelming success" = Abject FAILURE!


michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@M Matthew Eizenga Funny post, M Matthew. Thanks.

McShyster
McShyster

 @Walter A Lopez "Each one of those counties of [sic] full [sic] uneducated people. To [sic] bad."

Priceless.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Griff2 Interesting point of view, Griff2. Thanks for sharing it.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Sean Bracken Strong point of view, Sean. We're going to feature it in an upcoming Comment of the Day. Thanks.

stupidstuka
stupidstuka

Almost as dumb as illiterate stoners who can't spell "retail" but still voted for A64 which explicitly allows cities and counties to ban dispensaries.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Cindy Lou Hubert Odds are you're right, Cindy Lou. Thanks for posting.

McShyster
McShyster

@fishingblues ... Dipshit Doug can regale you with his illiterate stoner idiocy whilst masquerading as DH.

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