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Disgust Really Isn't New

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Posted: Friday, October 11, 2013 6:30 pm

There is much disgust being voiced in the United States today about the federal government and some state governments. Is it the worse ever in the history of the country? Hardly!

Down through our history, there have been periods of distaste with the Feds. What comes to mind quickly are the periods of the recession of the 1930s; the long Vietnam War; other partial shutdowns of the federal government because of politics; bailing out of major corporations; the massive pile of federal regulations; unpopular mandates that interfere with private lives and businesses and the list goes on and on.

We have had bickering between the two legislative houses before and the inability of both or one to get along with the White House. The executive branch’s bypassing of the legislative halls with executive orders can be very galling. There have been U.S. Supreme Court decisions that have shaken us, leading to anger. There have been many pieces of legislation that have irritated us to no end. We have Congress to blame for ObamaCare, which is very unpopular. Many of our citizens are aroused about the very mention of gun control legislation.

Unrest and even distrust of the federal government, even with state governments, is not new. The Tea Party movement was born out of distrust and even fear of the federal government.

There is something new, especially today, and it is happening in Colorado where 11 counties in November will ask voters to approve measures to secede from the state so a new state can be created. One name suggested is New Colorado. Another is North Colorado. The main reason for the unrest is many residents of those counties in northeastern Colorado believe the state has become too liberal under the Democratic party.

The New York Times reported that people are upset with gun control laws, legal marijuana shops, green energy policies, steps to embrace gay marriage and illegal immigrants.

That list of issues also has made many Americans upset with their state and federal governments.

We can’t help but wonder how many of the disgruntled people in those Colorado counties failed to vote in recent elections. Did they vote for the public officials who have made them unhappy because of their actions?

What some of these rural Colorado towns want is a return to their conservative values. They don’t relate to Denver’s glassy downtown lofts or Aspen’s million-dollar ski condos, according to The Times.

Supporters of this movement say all they are trying to do is restore liberty. Is it realistic to think the 11 counties could build a new state from ground zero? Leaders in the movement think they can. If the people in those counties vote to leave their mother state, state voters would have to vote to allow them to leave. If that happened, it would be up to Congress to accept a new state. If still part of the federal government, they would be subject to the same federal laws they now don’t want. However, it appears these unhappy people mainly are directing their anger at the state of Colorado.

Colorado has become more liberal. Voters there backed Obama in the last two presidential elections. It also has become more urbanized. Colorado has elected more liberal Democrats. The state’s economy is good. The jobless rate is just under 4 percent. But people in the rural areas feel neglected and think they are last in line for state and federal programs, The Times reported.

The situation in Colorado is centered more on unrest with the state government. But the Feds are being included in the anger that is present.

What this country needs is more moderates in government. Too radical swings to the right or left create unrest.

/opinion

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