Posted: Nov 13, 2012 5:09 PM by Lacey Steele
Updated: Nov 13, 2012 8:16 PM
The next time you look at a Colorado state flag, imagine if it was the symbol of a country.
That's what several thousand people would like: to secede from the United States.
We found out it's happening in a lot of states, and we wanted your opinion.
It may not seem like a reality, but secession is on a lot of people's minds these days across the country.
"Different states have their different opinions on why they're doing this," said Kevin Ney, a Pueblo resident.
That would mean no more God Bless America for us.
No more America the Beautiful.
Instead, just "Where the Columbines Grow," Colorado's state song.
"I don't see why they would want to," said Ney. "We're having enough problems as it is, and seceding I don't think will help any."
There are many states involved in petitions for secession.
Colorado alone is clocking in with over 15,000 signatures last time we checked.
Most say it's anger over the election, but we found people on both sides of the political aisle who are against the idea.
"I was not happy with a lot of things Colorado voted for, but as far as seceding, I don't think that's a good idea because America is one," said Shirley Garcia, a Pueblo resident. "We should be one."
"But Obama will still be president, you know what I mean?,'" said Stevie Johnson, a Colorado Springs resident. "I think it's just something people should learn to accept."
Don't think everyone is against!
Many people who are for it wouldn't appear on camera, but a lot of you told us on our Facebook page.
Like this man who wanted to sign: "I just did. I am disgusted by the lack of leadership coming from the fed govt at the defense level and the executive, zero accountability."
Many for it say it's more about sending a message to the government for change.
Colorado has some to go to get to the 25,000 required signatures by December 10, but keep in mind since the end of the Civil War, it hasn't been possible for any state to secede.
Most people we talked to today, whether for or against the petition, say it's important to realize anger and fights about this will be just as strong as the ones between who to vote for in the presidential election.
Many say it's all an opinion which each side of the argument should respect.