Seems to be spreading like wildfire:
…West Virginia was the last state to break off from another. Now, 150 years later, a 49-year-old information technology consultant wants to apply the knife to Maryland’s five western counties. “The people are the sovereign,” says Scott Strzelczyk, leader of the fledgling Western Maryland Initiative, and the western sovereigns are fed up with Annapolis’s liberal majority, elected by the state’s other sovereigns.
“If you think you have a long list of grievances and it’s been going on for decades, and you can’t get it resolved, ultimately this is what you have to do,” says Strzelczyk, who lives in New Windsor, a historic town of 1,400 people in Carroll County. “Otherwise you are trapped.”…
Maryland is governed by the DC/Baltimore area of the State – holding the largest population and entirely dependent upon Big Government (federal and State), the people of those areas prefer their politicians to be Big Government boosters. And no problem with that. More power to them. But this means that the people of western Maryland – much smaller in population and thus playing little role in either the legislative or executive branches of State government – are left out in the cold…and many of them don’t want a government which is keen mostly upon creating more government.
In government, smaller is better – the smaller the territory under any particular government the more attuned it will be to the needs of the local people. The Founders knew this – and thus set up a federal Republic in order to secure local rule in most areas of government, leaving to the federal government only those limited powers necessary to secure the broad rights of all the people. Over time, both the federal and State governments have engrossed power to themselves – and do not think that this was just some trick pulled by hucksters…for a very long time, starting in the misbegotten “progressive” era of the early 20th century, the people, themselves, sought government to “do something” about problems. The trouble is that government “doing something” means government growing in power…and often not doing at all what people wanted. Now the reaction has set in – and in a very American fashion, it is emerging on the national level as a revived “Jacksonian” desire to reign in the federal government, and a desire to break up the States in to smaller political units which can better be managed by the people, rather than being resigned to the Ruling Class and it’s permanent bureaucracy.
This is the revolution, folks – the Second American Revolution. The people are leading it, and it will reform this great nation of ours.
I absolutely agree with those who feel that they have lost representation in Congress when one part of their state is dominated by a party not well represented in the rest of the state. Look at Colorado on the electoral map—–geographically, the state is, county by county, very conservative, yet the population centers tend to be more liberal, so the entire state is held hostage to these areas.
But I think that along with the creation of more states, we also consider adding more Representatives. There is an interesting web site, http://www.thirty-thousand.org/ that lays out a very compelling argument to do just that, and I think a combination of adding states and decreasing the number of constituents for each Representative would go a long way toward shifting the nation back to one governed at the local level.
I’ve long felt that 435 House members for more than 300 million Americans is an absurdity – Britain with 50 million people has more than 600! I figure we should probably go for 601 House members – the Senate would, of course, increase in size as the number of States increased…and given the way things are going, we might end up with 80 or more States, if we really pushed this thing through. The beauty of the Constitution is that it keeps working the same way, good or bad, no matter how many States there are…13 to 50 to 80, all the same.
” The beauty of the Constitution is that it WOULD BE working the same way, good or bad, no matter how many States there are…13 to 50 to 80, all the same.”
It works when we follow it.
Im for it