There's hope for this country's long term survival yet . . . :
Colorado's politics have become positively Californian lately. There are new restrictions on guns. Pot is legal. The legislative agenda featured an expansion of alternative-energy use requirements for rural consumers. Gay couples can now enter into civil unions.
There's a reason for all this.
Lots of Californians have moved to Denver and its environs, bringing a progressive strain of politics with them and angering more conservative parts of the state — so much so that 10 northeastern counties are planning symbolic but serious votes on secession this fall.
Conservatives have discovered that living on the far side of the Rockies is no longer far enough to get away from the influence of West Coast liberals.
"California migration, to a degree, has altered Colorado politics," says Mike Krause, vice president of the Independence Institute, a free-market think tank in Denver. "I see California license plates in my neighborhood and on my commute all the time."http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2013/08/29/216150644/how-california-is-turning-the-rest-of-the-west-blue
The Gadfly emigrated to California almost pert near 30 years ago -- basically a young, disillusioned midwest guy who wanted to get away from the suffocating influence of conservative middle America and see how the dirty liberals were living life. The Gadfly subsequently found his nirvana out west and has not looked back on his migration decision -- California is his now beloved home and it's where he will conclude his adventures in this plane of existence and discover the answer to the big question in turn.
So you go Colorado -- if the conservatives want to isolate themselves in their little mountain enclaves, The Gadfly has no problem with that -- as long as they acknowledge that they are still U.S. citizens and as such are bound by U.S. laws -- whether they like those laws or not. The Gadfly can live in peace with these people, as long as they respect his views and concede that they have become a minority political and social movement now. It isn't rocket science -- it is democracy in it's most unsophisticated form.