In 1861 shortly after Abraham Lincoln became the 16th president of the United States, the western part of Virginia seceded form Virginia becoming its own state – West Virginia. Not since 1861 has any portion of any state successfully seceded. Yet, here in Colorado a few counties – led by Weld County – are threatening a ballot initiative that would effectively begin the wheels of secession.
Weld County Commissioners reported two Thursdays ago that in light of the Colorado legislature’s continued ignoring of rural Colorado, they feel drastic measures are needed to address their own issues.
This attempt, or threat, is nothing more than a child stomping his feet in anger because things did not go his way. Let’s face it – the Weld County Commissioners are reacting to legislation passed in the Colorado legislature this year – particularly the firearms issues, which will prove to not affect law-abiding citizens, and energy bills – oil and gas regulations and the new renewable energy standard.
I get it. You probably get it. Sometimes it does feel like Denver and the Denver-Metro area ignores anything outside of its borders. But, that’s not the case.
Rather, let’s look at some of the laws passed and some of the strengths of rural Colorado as noticed by Denver.
It’s no secret that the San Luis Valley is a leader in renewable energy, more specifically solar energy. As written before, Colorado has the unique potential to lead the nation in solar and wind energy. The Valley has proven to be a successful home to solar because of the nearly 360 days of partial sunshine – meaning the Valley can harvest the sun’s energy nearly every day of every year.
For one reason or another, Colorado has been reluctant to embrace wind energy. Believe it or not, we are not the windiest state in the nation. But, we do have a season – spring – where wind energy could be harvest quite regularly. Similar to sun, Colorado experiences many windy days year-round. Thus, wind energy should be considered strongly.
Lastly, the gun issue. It’s not a popular topic to cover for anyone – proponents or opponents. It’s a hot button issue that is here to stay for some time. Since being signed into law, though, the new gun regulations have not stopped law-abiding citizens from acquiring firearms, using firearms, and enjoying firearms. Simply, if you obey the law and are not a complete moron, your gun rights still exist as they did before.
But, for Weld County this is not enough. Rather, they would prefer to yell and scream and create a scene reminiscent of 2-year-olds that didn’t get the toy they wanted from the store.
We must remember, in Democracy we have the potential to change laws, get rid of laws, elect representatives, and not elect representatives. If Colorado is as unhappy with some of the laws that passed recently, it will be relevant in 2014.
Until then don’t throw a hissy-fit because something happened that you didn’t like. Instead, get out there and make it change. Make your voice heard through reasonable and mature action. Stop throwing around threats and temper-tantrums. Democracy is about people. If the people want change, make it happen. All that Weld County has done is proven that the commissioners are in fact unreasonable and unwilling to help move Weld County forward and Colorado forward. If the Weld County Commissioners are that upset, they will push for Colorado to repeal or change laws they are unhappy with – not take a portion of the state away from Colorado as they are threatening to do.