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    In rural America, secessionist sentiment stirs



    Activist Scott Strzelcyzk speaks about his efforts to secede from the state at his New Windsor, Maryland home on November 22, 2013

    Cumberland, Md. (AFP) - By day, Scott Strzelcyzk is an IT consultant in this rural Appalachian corner of Maryland. By night, he's something of a modern-day American revolutionary.

    "It's time for a 51st state!" declared Strzelcyzk at a town hall meeting in Cumberland, rallying support for an "amiable divorce" from the coastal state's more urban eastern half.

    The United States hasn't added a state since 1959 when Alaska and Hawaii became the 49th and 50th states, but Strzelcyzk is optimistic that western Maryland -- five counties -- could strike off on its own in as little as three to five years.

    The area is not alone. In other states like California, Colorado or Michigan, regions are itching for statehood, often for the main reason Strzelcyzk cites -- frustration with government.

    "I think of myself as an average citizen who is sick and tired of being sick and tired," said Strzelcyzk, who refers to the state capital Annapolis with the same contempt that euroskeptics reserve for Brussels.

    "In Maryland, we have a number of irreconcilable differences with the state government and how they govern," he said.

    The laundry list of grievances that underpins the Liberate Western Maryland movement runs from higher taxes on alcohol and cigarettes to "oppressive" gun control legislation, in-state college tuition for illegal immigrants, and even stricter rules on septic tanks.

    Several hundred people had signed a petition backing the statehood movement by the time Strzelcyzk and a handful of supporters presented their vision to about 80 people who attended the rally at Allegany College in Cumberland.

    Its credo is "one smaller, leaner government, more freedom, more personal responsibilities" for the 650,000 predominantly white, rural and older inhabitants of the Maryland panhandle, where 11 percent of the state's total population lives.

    But how would Western Maryland pay its bills? Some members of the audience wanted to know.

    "We'll make it attractive" to business, Strzelcyzk said.

    Others asked why grievances could not simply be tackled at the ballot box, eliminating the need for separation from the rest of the state.

    "They have a rigged game, with rigged rules, on a rigged field and they own the referees," he said. "Even through the normal electoral process, the outcome cannot be changed."

    Once a Democrat, and later a Republican, Strzelcyzk pitches his proposal at meetings of the conservative Tea Party movement.

    Maryland is largely a Democratic state, with liberals living in prosperous suburbs just outside Washington and African-Americans making up the majority of its biggest city Baltimore.

    Gay marriage is enshrined in law and Governor Martin O'Malley favors tougher gun laws.

    Frank Shafroth, director of the Center for State and Local Government Leadership at George Mason University in Virginia, said that state secessionist movements are signs of frustration in an aging population.

    "Those rural areas are seeing fewer and fewer young people," he told AFP.

    "They are more and more white; there are more and more people over the age of 55 who have very different values; they have old traditional values -- and they have a difficult time adjusting."

    Breakaway regions are nothing new in US history -- Delaware separated from Pennsylvania, Kentucky was carved out of Virginia and Maine was once part of Massachusetts -- but those examples date to the 1700s and 1800s.

    In recent years, in the Rocky Mountain state of Colorado, 11 counties attempted to break away from the main city Denver, although the proposal was defeated in a referendum.

    In northern California, the idea of a Jefferson state -- taking in a southern chunk of Oregon -- dates back to the 19th century, and is making a comeback.

    Secession, however, is more easily argued than done.

    Continued: http://news.yahoo.com/rural-america-...050913017.html


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    He's right. You hear Nor Cal people saying similar things. Mostly that the Urban southern part of the state makes the rules for the whole state.
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    Had it not been for the attack on Pearl Harbor Northern Cali and Southern Oregon had already pretty much gotten the approval to form a new state: Jefferson. Folks in those areas did not feel the same as folks in the other part of both states, just like a lot of folks nowadays. They got approval, but on the day it was supposed to be ratified or whatever, Pearl Harbor was attacked, and everything was put on hold. Then after the war, there was no momentul to do it all again. It's a shame really.
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    Oh ,,,We don't have 59 states,,,,,I'd heard we did,,,,, someplace ,,,,

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    Quote Originally Posted by twa2471 View Post
    Oh ,,,We don't have 59 states,,,,,I'd heard we did,,,,, someplace ,,,,
    LMAO!!!!!
    Enforcement, NOT Amnesty!!!!!!

    "If they’re going to come here illegally, apply for & receive assistance through a corrupted Government agency encouraging this lawless behavior, work under the table & send billions of dollars each year back to their families in Mexico, while bleeding local economies dry, protest in our streets waving their Mexican flags DEMANDING rights, while I have to press ’1′ for English, then they need to be shipped back to where they came from!" -Chad Miller

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    Never going to happen.

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