Normally when you hear the word “secession,” there are a number of images which immediately spring to mind. For some of us, this might be the idea of a state trying to break away from the shackles of an abusive and intrusive federal government. To others, images of the Civil War might come to mind, with the Southern states actually breaking away from the country, leading to the worst war our nation has ever endured.
On the other hand, secession could mean something else. This is the sense in which we are discussing this word today. As you can see from the headline, there are growing secession movements in the states of Maryland and Colorado. In both cases, we are finding that several counties within each state is becoming more and more enraged with the policies and representation they are getting right at home.
Here’s the scoop…
In Maryland, there are five different counties that are fed up with the increasingly abusive use of power in Annapolis, the current state capital. This includes Alleghany, Carroll, Frederick, Garrett, and Washington Counties. They no longer feel that their interests are being represented or even taken into consideration. They are now looking into the possibility of splitting off from the rest of the state and forming Western Maryland. The effort is being called A New State initiative.
One of the leaders of this movement has said that people want an “amicable divorce” from the state government. People are disgusted with the liberal majority and all of the devastation it has done to their local economies. These five counties make up about 11 percent of the entire state and lean heavily Republican.
The same thing is also happening in rural Colorado. Citizens in eight different counties are also weighing the idea of breaking away to form Northern Colorado. This is primarily a reaction to the expanded efforts of gun control and the state legislature’s new push for expanded renewable energy measures.
US Representative Cory Gardner represents Yuma County in Northern Colorado. He has said:
“The people of rural Colorado are mad, and they have a right to be…The Governor and his Democrat colleagues in the statehouse have assaulted our way of life, and I don’t blame these people one bit for feeling attacked and underrepresented by the leaders of our state…”
While the US Constitution does indeed allow for a region to split from its current state and form a new state, this is not likely to happen any time soon…at least not without armed rebellion. For starters, they would legally need to obtain approval from their state legislature and then Congress. No state would be very keen on losing a significant chunk of their land and natural resources. And Congress would not be very likely to bless any split, either. The last time this happened successfully was in the case of West Virginia, about 150 years ago.
Still, these movements are representing an interesting political landscape. What do YOU think about all this? Should a region that feels it is not being accurately represented be allowed to break away and form their own state? Why or why not? Is there maybe a better way to solve some of these grievances?
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