RECTIUS VIVES

Colorado’s Northern Secession

In Uncategorized on June 9, 2013 at 2:55 pm

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One topic which caught my eye today was the development that eight counties in Colorado are actually investing energy towards “a ballot measure” seeking to propose that said counties secede from the State of Colorado and create a new State to be called “North Colorado.”  These news reports do mention that “The U.S. Constitution requires that Legislatures must first approve any state that is to be created within its jurisdiction.”  However, these news reports conveniently neglect to mention that the U.S. Constitution actually states as follows: “…nor any state be formed by the junction of two or more states, or parts of states, without the consent of the legislatures of the states concerned as well as of the Congress.” U.S. Const. art. IV, sec.3.

Furthermore, a “ballot measure” would presumably be a referendum measure, and even if approved, is not synonymous with approval from “Legislatures,” nor does approval from the State Legislature represent consent from Congress as mandated by Article IV of the U.S. Constitution.  In other words, this is not really news, and to the extent that it is packaged as news, it misstates the facts and misleads Readers.

This exemplifies what this blog strives to address; that is, to define and distill truth and justice as applied to modern situations as they arise.  This brings debate and discussion into a pragmatic realm far afield from Plato’s earlier discussion about such lofty topics in The Republic.  The title of this blog comes from the striking quote on the facade of the New York County Supreme Court Building at 60 Centre Street which reminds us all in words which are themselves quite true: “The true administration of justice is the firmest pillar of good government.”  Per contra, it follows that false administration is the firmest pillar of bad government — and the false administration of justice is the weakest pillar of good government.

While this may be true, the challenges come in arriving at what is true and just and knowing what is false and wrong; understanding that process is the goal here — and not only as applied to courthouse happenings, but also when considered in the world at-large.

Indeed, it is these two virtues which fortify the firmest pillar of an honorable life.

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