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Residents of rural areas feel shut out of their states' politics, so why not create their own?
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On election day this year, several Colorado counties voted on whether to secede from Colorado and create a new state. Many of the counties voted in favor of the idea. (See the link below for more info on the Colorado secession movement.) This is not the first time groups of Americans have considered (and voted on) breaking away from their state. When political issues come up and decisions are made by the government and/or the people, some get their way and others do not. The article explains one way that some people have decided to take action when they do not feel their interests are being served.
BONUS for my students:
1) What steps do you think should be taken before people consider seceding from their state?
2) What are some possible pros and cons of breaking away from a state to create a new one?
3) Hypothetically speaking, what would it take for you to want to create a new state?
Here is the link to the article about Colorado's secession movement:
Some states urban and rural areas have had differences and beliefs when it comes to politics. For example Virginia and West Virginia have had their differences and this is what has caused them to seperate. If every state did this there would be too much craziness because im sure each state would have a different belief and nobody would agree on anything.
This article is about segments of California, Colorado, and Oregon wanting to separate and become their own states so their voices can be heard in Congress.
If, hypothetically, new states were formed out of existing ones this kind of gerrymandering would likely only lead to even more new states. It might even lead to a secession arms race to gain more Democrat and Republican seats in the Senate. With so many new states, it could lead to increased division, with no Democrat or Republican wanting to set foot in an opposition’s state. In the long run though, political affiliations do eventually change and we would have a precedent analogous to attempting to take the ball home when the other kids don't want to play the same game as you, which is not how a democratic republic works.