(Something I wrote to share with my Facebook friends, many of whom are r*r*l folks. As am I.)
Throwing in a few thoughts on the latest media rave party. You know what I'm talking about — the proposal to make a new 51st state called North Colorado.
Let's get the main question out of the way first. Despite its emotional appeal (and haven't we all had fantasies about having our own state/country/kingdom/clubhouse where only our FRIENDS can play with us?), it's not going to happen. There are plenty of reasons — I know them, you know them, let's just move on.
A real thing that isn't getting much play is the frustration rural people feel about being ignored or dismissed by the movers and shakers in Denver and the Front Range. If any of you city dwellers think it's not THAT rampant, look around at the current coverage and comments. What percentage is directed at the specific individuals and those who share their political bent…and what percentage is just mocking the "hicks", as though we are all part of a hive mind and can't wait to have a state capitol building that has parking available for our John Deeres?
In reading comments in assorted spots, I HAVE seen people who are all excited about the idea…possibly because it sounds like fun and there's nothing on TV anyway. "Let's you and him fight!" has been a certain type of person's cry since the dawn of time.
What I am seeing a lot more of, though, are people who admit secession won't work, but ask what can be done instead, because the status quo isn't working either. The trouble is that there's an answer, but it's not an easy one. It's not dramatic and exciting.
Not that long ago, Colorado's governor was from Holly. Little teeny tiny Holly, three miles from the Kansas border. You don't get any more rural than that. But he didn't become the governor because he was rural and it was Our Turn. He got involved from a young age, learning the ropes from the ground up. He learned how to work with people, how to get consensus so things got done, and a million other things *I* don't know (probably why I'm not governor, eh?).
A popular old saying goes, "My country, right or wrong." Not everyone knows the second, more crucial, part. "…When it's right, to keep it right, when it's wrong, to make it right." Getting online to gripe and threaten won't accomplish anything. (To be fair, that's a super-common noob mistake that most people eventually grow out of.)
What WILL work is work. Working to understand how things get done, so you can get an idea of how to change what you don't like. Finding a group that seems to be getting things done and joining up to help. Learning the real enemies: ignorance, fear, greed, hate, and the things people do in service to those emotions.
You can say that I'm a dreamer. I'll take it as a compliment. Just don't leave me hanging as the only one.