It is a sad fact of life that many terrible things happen in threes. With news this week of the demise of the marriage of reality stars Kris and Bruce Jenner, not to mention the threat of a Jo-Bro break up, I have been on pins and needles waiting to find out what was going to go next. Imagine my surprise when it wasn’t a couple or boy band threatening to go bust, but rather a state. Et tu, Colorado?
Though some may think otherwise—you know who you are—secession from the Union is not an option. But that’s not what’s going on in Colorado. The state isn’t looking to drop the country’s total to 49—it’s looking to bring the grand total up to 51. There are 11 counties in Colorado that want out of the state due to an alternative energy mandate and gun legislation, which some have summed up as a lack of “respect for their rural lifestyles.” Is this a serious threat? You betcha. Residents of those 11 counties will vote in November as to whether or not they want to leave the state. If that passes, then Colorado will have to vote to agree to let them out. Should Colorado be agreeable, the rebel counties will then have to get Congress to agree to admit a new state to the United States. While “uphill battle” seems to be a mild classification of the situation, it’s not unheard of. The most recent instance of it happening was West Virginia in 1863.
The troubling thing is that Colorado isn’t the only state where such discussions are happening. Counties are threatening to jump ship from California to Maryland, hoping to have the same success that Maine, Vermont, Kentucky, and West Virginia had back in the day. Looks like we better start a search for the new Betsy Ross, because if any of these splits actually happen, we’re going to need a flag makeover.