Saturday, November 2, 2013

51st State Initiative Responds to ‘No’ votes from Greg Brophy and Ken Buck by asking another question

51st State Initiative Responds to ‘No’ votes from Greg Brophy and Ken Buck by asking another question

Over the past few days, two prominent residents of what we hope will become the 51st State, Greg Brophy and Ken Buck, have stated publicly they are voting against the 51st State question on their county ballot.  We have a question for Senator Brophy, Weld County DA Buck and other elected officials or those running for state or federal office.  

First, let’s lay some foundation by referring back to the Declaration of Independence in these two key phrases...

"That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed, that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these Ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government..."

Later in the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson says that when a government becomes tyrannical - "it is their Right, it is their Duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future Security."

This is what we refer to as the right of free association - another 'unalienable' right - a right that government should be protecting, not taking away or denying that right.

As we proceed with the creation of the 51st State, does the state government and US Congress have right to deny a plurality of folks living in certain counties to form a new state?  Under what circumstances would it be appropriate for government to deny this unalienable right?

Ken Buck and Greg Brophy have a right to vote their conscience on this issue and we absolutely respect that right. The question is - if elected, will they respect our right to free association and support the vote at the state level?

Senator Brophy will be presented a vote as a state senator (if he becomes Governor, the Governor doesn’t have a vote at the state level with respect to the 51st State).  DA Ken Buck would be allowed to vote at the federal level if he gets elected as Senator.

What the media should be asking these two gentleman (and others running for office) is this:

Regardless of how you feel about this on a personal level, will you recognize the people’s desire for self-governance and self-determination by respecting their unalienable right to free association?  Will you vote for the creation of the 51st State?  If not, why?

Find out more about the 51st State Initiative at and