Newton’s Third Law of Motion is beginning to be realized in western states politics. For every action of gun control, big union power grab, and anti-fracking, there is an equal and opposite reaction from liberty. State legislators are being successfully recalled by their constituent voters. Citizens and parents are regaining control of their local school boards. And a large gathering of contiguous counties of Colorado, Nebraska and Kansas are exploring the idea of forming a 51st state.
If all goes well for the denizens of Weld County, Colo., come November, there will be an item on their ballots asking them to vote on a new brewing issue: seceding with eight other Northern counties from the state of Colorado and forming America’s 51st state, Northern Colorado.
Apparently, they’re not bluffing. On Tuesday, Weld County's commissioners raised the issue quite seriously at a bi-annual meeting of the state's county commissioners. Sean Conway, one of Weld's five commissioners, said the idea had first been raised about two to three months ago by a group of concerned citizens.
Precisely 100 years after Isaac Newton published Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica (Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy), representatives from the original thirteen states convened in Philadelphia for the adoption of the United States Constitution. What the delegates to the Constitutional Convention had in common with Isaac Newton was the goal of codifying natural laws.
Newton was addressing the matter of physics with his Laws of Motion. The state delegates were addressing the matter of self-governance with the Laws of Nature.
The United States Constitution was written as the supreme law in reflection of the discoveries pronounced in the Declaration of Independence eleven years earlier. Rather than promoting some desired utopian outcome, the delegates were attempting to capture an understanding of the Laws of Nature. Their guidance came from the postulate concepts in the nation’s founding document, that “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
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