October 25, 2013

NEW STATES ARE A PRETTY MINOR STEP:

North Colorado? (JOHN H. FUND, OCTOBER 2013, American Spectator)

New secession movements insist that they have learned from the mistakes of previous efforts. Proponents of the Colorado split say that they see a path to getting Washington's approval. Commissioner Sean Conway of Weld County says that if Puerto Rico or Washington, D.C. ever become states, there will have to be a move to balance what will be a boon for Democrats. After all, Alaska and Hawaii entered the Union as part of a similar deal. "You can almost make the argument that you're allowing two states in so you don't disrupt the percentages in terms of the United States Senate," Conway told reporters. In an era when decentralization and an aversion to excessive bureaucracy seem to be gaining hold, it would be nice to think our map of 50 states isn't sacrosanct. We're probably stuck with it, but that doesn't mean efforts to break up states don't have any effect. "It's the political equivalent of smashing the china," Professor John Pitney of California's Claremont McKenna College told the Wall Street Journal. "But sometimes, that's the only way to get attention." Here's to continued china smashing when conditions call for it. Our Founding Fathers would be pleased some Americans still have some revolutionary fighting spirit left in them. 

It's devolving into several countries that will be contentious, though inevitable given our size and what we know about the size of nations.

Posted by at October 25, 2013 6:19 PM
  

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