Fed-up with what they describe as state governments that are dominated by urban-Democrat liberals, conservative residents of Northwestern and Northeastern Colorado counties as well as the voters in counties of Western Maryland are seeking secession from their respective states, each with the goal of becoming the 51st state in the Union, as reported by the Los Angeles-based news portal Opposing Views on Oct. 8, 2013, and Washington, DC's WTOP on Oct. 9, 2013.
Unlike the full blown independence movements in Texas and Hawaii, like-minded groups from Alaska to New Hampshire to California are banding together seeking their respective counties break away and join the Republic as states in their own right.
One such has made it as far as being on the state ballot in the upcoming November 5th elections in Colorado.
The 51st State Initiative will be up to the voters of the Rocky Mountain state next moth, and if the organizers in Weld, Logan, Sedgwick, Phillips, Washington, Kit Carson, Yuma, Cheyenne, Lincoln, Elbert and Moffat Counties win, they just may find themselves as the fifty first star on Old Glory.
Seeking admittance as the the third smallest state in population, the Maryland Initiative comprising the counties of Allegany, Carroll, Frederick, Garrett and Washington, may not have made it to the state ballot of yet, but not for lack of trying.
The group's "Western Maryland: A New State Initiative" Facebook page is flirting with 7,000 members, many of whom use the social networking site to cyber-organize those in the western part of the Free State for what they hope is an eventual break from the sole US state named in honor by its Catholic founders, Lord Baltimore and his Calvert Family, to honor the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Even though almost separated by an entire continent, both groups share many of the same reasons for desiring a clean break:
- A slew of unfair tax increases from both Annapolis and Denver.
- Unconstitutional restrictions on their rights under the Second Amendment.
- State laws legitimizing gay marriages, which they consider morally objectionable and an assault on traditional marriage.
- Radical pro-abortion laws they consider barbaric and savage.
- Liberal gerrymandering legislative districts which purposefully deprive them of their conservative representation.
All secessionists recognize the political reality that both Republicans and Democrats would never allow a solely conservative or liberal state to join, which would give the other side of the aisle an edge in both Senators and Congressional Representatives.
However, with overwhelmingly liberal Washington, DC seeking admittance as a state, and the Republicans jockying to keep control of the House and possibly rule the Senate, the conservatives of the possible states of either Western Maryland or New Colorado just may see their wish come true sooner than they expected.