I’ve made efforts to stand up for the little guy, make my home state a little more well known, defend the fact that North Dakota exists. I posted about things North Dakotans generally like, in an effort to increase rapport with citizens of other states when we go on vacations (or, if by some twist of fate, they come here). I posted about things we just never encounter in our own state, and why, if you get mad at them for messing up your morning commute, they’ll be genuinely hurt. I’ve even posted about our “booming” tourism industry. I discussed how old the “North Dakota doesn’t exist” joke is.
But I just found out that it is actually being called into question whether North Dakota ever officially became a state. I have interest in becoming a lawyer, but I don’t claim to be one yet, so I admit — I’m a little confused on exactly what the technicality in North Dakota’s State Constitution is that is calling our statehood into question. The issue has made some headlines, and it’s always interesting to see what outsiders think of our state. I don’t know what exactly would happen if it turns out we’re not a state at all, but merely a territory. I hope the rest of the country doesn’t decide they didn’t want us anyway and leave us to fend for ourselves. Although, another running joke is that North Dakota could hold its own as a nation, since so many residents own firearms and there are so many air bases.
Regardless, I find the fact that people are actually questioning our statehood both interesting and amusing, especially in light of all the flack we get from other states … The ones that actually think about us, at least. I know North Dakota isn’t exactly a booming hot spot that’s on everyone’s minds.
What do you think about the whole issue?