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A New USA? Secession Movement Gains Steam

Mention the word "secession" and most people think of the South during the Civil War. But a new movement is gaining steam because of frustration over a growing, out-of-control federal government. Read Transcript


David: THE UNITED

STATES OF AMERICA, COMPRISED

OF 50 STATES.

BUT, WAIT A MINUTE.

WHAT IF THE MAP LOOKED LIKE

THIS, A 51st STATE CALLED

JEFFERSON, MADE UP OF

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA AND

SOUTHERN OREGON.

OR HOW ABOUT A NEW STATE

CALLED WESTERN MARYLAND OR

NORTH COLORADO.

THESE ARE REAL MOVEMENTS.

JEFFREY HAIR RUNS THE 51st

STATE INITIATIVE IN

COLORADO.

AN EFFORT TO FIGHT AN OUT OFç

CONTROL LEGISLATURE TRYING

TO RAM BIG GOVERNMENTç

POLICIES DOWN THE THROATS OF

VOTERS.

IT IS THE TALK OF TOWNHALL

MEETINGS.

I HAVE SEEN CHANGES

HAPPEN, PARTICULARLY OVER

THE LAST 10 TO 15 YEARS IN

THIS STATE, THAT CONCERN

ME.

IT IS URBAN VERSUS RURAL

BECAUSE YOU FIND MORE

TRADITIONAL, CONSERVATIVE

VALUES IN RURAL AMERICA.

David: AND THAT'S THE

CRUX OF THE ISSUE: RURAL

AMERICANS ACROSS MANY STATES

FEEL THEY'RE JUST NOT BEING

HEARD.

THEIR LAUNDRY LIST IS LONG.

AT THE TOP, GUN CONTROL

LAWS.

THERE IS AN ATTACK ON

RURAL COLORADO.

IT IS NOT JUST WITH THE GUN

CONTROL LAWS.

IT IS ON SEVERAL OF THE

OTHER BILLS THEY PAST.

David: INDEED IT IS.

THE GOVERNMENT MANDATES

COVER ENVIRONMENTAL POLICIES

THAT RESTRICT OIL AND GAS

DRILLING.

AND CONTROVERSIAL SOCIAL

ISSUES LIKE GAY MARRIAGE.

ORGANIZERS WANT TO CREATE

NORTH COLORADO, AND THAT

IDEA WENT TO VOTERS IN 1 11

COUNTIES THIS LAST FALL.

I DON'T THINK THAT IS

NECESSARILY THE WAY TO MAKE

SOMETHING HAPPEN WITHIN THE

AREA THAT YOU LIVE.

YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO WORK

WITHIN OUR ELECTORAL

SERVICES.

David: THE SO-CALLED

SUCESSION MOVEMENT HERE IN

COLORADO HAD MIXED RESULTS

LAST NOVEMBER.

SOME COUNTIES APPROVED IT;

OTHERS DIDN'T.

BUT THE ORGANIZERS OF THE

51st STATE INITIATIVE

SAID, HOLD ON A MOMENT.

THIS TYPE OF MOW OF

MOVEMENT TAKES TIME.

THIS TYPE OF MOVEMENT

TAKES TIME.

EDUCATION TAKES TIME.

IT IS HARD TO SAY I WANT TO

LIVE IN A DIFFERENT STATE,

EVEN WHEN THEY LIVE IN THE

SAME HOUSE.

TO SAY I WANT TO LIVE IN THE

STATE OF LIBERTY OR

SOMETHING DIFFERENT IS

HARD.

David: IT CAN ALSO BE

FELT IN STATES LIKE ARIZONA,

MICHIGAN, AND IN WESTERN

MARYLAND, WHEN THOUSANDS

SIGNED SUCESSION PETITIONS.

"WE INTEND TO EXERCISE OUR

PURSUIT TO LIFE AND THE

PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS."

IF THEY'RE NOT GOING TO

TAKE OUR NEEDS INTO

CONSIDERATION, WE'RE SEEKING

AN AMICABLE DIVORCE.

David: IN NORTHERN

CALIFORNIA AND SOUTHERN

OREGON, ACTIVISTS WANT TO

COME TOGETHER IN THE STATE

OF JEFFERSON.

THEIR PROPOSED STATE FLAG

INCLUDES TWO "X"s,

REPRESENTING THEIR FEELING

OF BEING DOUBLE CROSSED BY

THE STATE CAPITALS OF

SACRAMENTO AND SALEM.

WE NEED SIGNATURES.

PEOPLE WHO WANT TO GO TO

YOUR NEIGHBORHOODS, YOUR

CHURCHES, YOUR JOBS, AND

EXPLAIN THIS TO PEOPLE AND

GET SIGNATURES THAT SUPPORT

IT.

David: CREATING A NEW

STATE ISN'T EASY.

AS A MATTER OF FACT, THE

LAST TIME A STATE ACTUALLY

GAVE UP TERRITORY WAS IN

1820, WHEN MAINE SPLIT FROM

MASSACHUSETTS.

SINCE THEN, ADDITIONAL

EFFORTS HAVE BEEN

UNSUCCESSFUL.

THE FIRST STEP IS GETTING IT

PASSED BY THE STATE

LEGISLATURE, AND THEN ON TO

THE U.S. CONGRESS.

THIS IS A VALID

CONSTITUTIONAL PROCESS THAT

OUR FOUNDING FATHERS

SPECIFICALLY WROTE IN THE

CONSTITUTION.

IF THEY DIDN'T WRITE IT INTO

THE CONSTITUTION TO BE USED,

THEN WHY DID THE THEY WRITE

IT IN?

David: BUT SUPPORTERS

HAVE AN UPHILL BATTLE: THE

MEDIA WILL NOT BE THEIR

FRIEND.

THE DANGER IS ONCE THE

OUTSIDE MEDIA GRABS HOLD OF

IT, THE ATTENTION IS ON THE

DIFFICULTY OF IT.

David: THEY SAY A

DISMISSIVE ATTITUDE OF STATE

LEGISLATIVE BODIES MUST

END.

I FIND THE SORT OF

ARROGANT DISMISSIVE TO BE

FURTHER PROOF OF JUST HOW

DISCONNECTED THE URBAN IS

FROM THE RURAL.

David: MOVEMENTS LIKE

THIS IN COLORADO AND OTHER

STATES COULD BE JUST THE

BEGINNING.

THIS IS A NATIONAL

PROBLEM.

David: IT'S CALLED

VOTER DISCONTENT, WHERE THE

PEOPLE SAY THEY'VE HAD

ENOUGH, AND THEY'RE CRYING

OUT FOR SOMETHING TO BE

DONE.

WE AT SOME POINT HAVE TO

FIGURE OUT A WAY TO GET OUR

POINT ACROSS, OR AT LEAST TO

BE ABLE TO HAVE A DIALOGUE

AND NOT BE IGNORED.

BECAUSE YOU HAVEN'T SEEN

ANYTHING YET.

I THINK ALSO PEOPLE

WANT -- WHETHER YOU LOOK AT

IT FROM A RIGHT OR A LEFT

PARADIGM, PEOPLE WANT

GOVERNMENT TO STAY OUT OF

THEIR BUSINESS.

David: DAVID BRODY,

CBN NEWS, IN GREELEY,

COLORADO.

EMBED THIS VIDEO


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