Republican leaning counties in deep blue states are pushing to secede and form states of their own. Residents of Northern Michigan, parts of California, Maryland and Colorado are seeking to break away from their Democrat controlled states and form new self-governing entities. These efforts are long shots because the state government would have to approve the secession and the federal government would have to accept the new states into the Union. Still, the growing movement illustrates the dissatisfaction many on the right have with the high taxes, deficit spending and liberal social engineering that have come to define leftists in the 21st century. They may also signify just how divided we have become as a country in the last decade.
Colorado is furthest along in the process of breaking up into two states. Eleven rural counties began considering secession from the rest of the state after Democrat Governor, John Hickenlooper, signed the most restrictive anti-gun legislation in the state’s history. That law prompted a successful recall of two of the state’s most liberal anti-gun legislators, but for these northern Colorado counties that wasn’t enough. Officials in those counties are putting the measure to their local populations and if approved, they will seek to get the measure before the state legislature or presented as a ballot initiative, perhaps has early as November 2014.
While residents in Colorado face an uphill battle in their efforts to secede, residents in five Maryland counties face an even bigger hurdle. Democrat Governor, Martin O’Malley fancies himself a contender for the 2016 Democrat nomination for President and has been improving his liberal bona fides in an already liberal state. Recent moves have turned off right leaning voters in five rural counties. Many residents in these counties feel the state treats them as nothing more than a source of revenue to fund subsidies and public spending in the failing city of Baltimore and they would be better off on their own. It’s hard to argue with their very real concerns but I doubt O’Malley would allow them to go and suffer the political embarrassment when he is seeking to run nationally.
In blue (but sort of turning purple) Michigan the northern rural part of the state sees itself as separate and distinct from failing Detroit and other union heavy rust belt areas further south. Secessionist sentiment there is still in its infancy but could grow if efforts elsewhere are successful. Similarly, in California there have been moves by right leaning Southern and Northern countries to break from the rest of the bankrupt state and go it alone. These movements are about more than just political differences, they are over everything from water rights to agricultural access. Still, I doubt Democrats in Sacramento will let so many productive and resource rich areas of the state go without a fight; then Hollywood and Silicon Valley will be the only areas left to subsidize the state’s overly generous social spending and welfare culture.
I don’t expect many of these secession movement to succeed at the moment, but I expect sentiment for their actions will continue to grow as residents increasingly see their governments at the state and federal level as out of touch. It’s not just Republicans looking to break away; Democrat counties in Florida and Arizona have begun talking about breaking off from their states as well. Legally each state or commonwealth is essentially a voluntary political association and as such residents do maintain the right to break off and form their own state. That said, such action would require approval from the existing state government in order for it to occur peacefully. Growing state secession movements