In the early 1860s a number of states decided to secede from the Union and contrary to common assumption, one of the primary reasons was state rights. That and effective representation of the people are concerns in 2013…
Maryland Counties Join Movement to Secede from State
I was made aware several months back when I spoke with Maryland Delegate Mike Smigiel, the man who was instrumental in exposing the tyranny in the Maryland House of Delegates, that there were several countries that were looking to secede from the not so “Free State” and merge with Virginia. At that time, a letter was being crafted to that effect. However, since that time Smigiel has been actively involved in pushing back against the gun control tyranny imposed by the Maryland legislature and Governor Martin O’Malley. However, several groups in western Maryland have had it with the liberal state government and are joining a growing movement to secede.
Western Maryland is made up of five counties whose residents largely voteRepublican and feel under-represented at the state capitol, run byDemocratic Gov. Martin O’Malley and a Democrat-controlled legislature.
The movement began in July as a social-media effort, with activist Scott Strzelczyk starting a Facebook page titled the Western Maryland Initiative.
The movement, however, has since garnered significant media attention, with Strzelczyk talking to everybody from National Public Radio to TheWashington Post.
“We are tired of this,” he said during an interview Thursday withWashington-area NPR affiliate WAMU. “We have had enough.”
Strzelczyk says that among his concerns are increased taxes and the Democrat-controlled legislature gerrymander of voting district in which the state’s big metropolitan areas have a higher percentage of representation which enacted tougher gun laws this year.
He’s said those gun control laws were “the last straw.”
While people in Maryland are frustrated, as are citizens across the nation, including Colorado, Delegate Mike Smigiel says there is a Constitutional means of secession. Smigiel toldFreedom Outpost that he often quotes Maryland’s Declaration, in which Article 6 clearly states:
That all persons invested with the Legislative or Executive powers of Government are the Trustees of the Public, and, as such, accountable for their conduct: Wherefore, whenever the ends of Government are perverted, and public libertymanifestly endangered, and all other means of redress are ineffectual, the People may, and of right ought, to reform the old, or establish a new Government; the doctrine of non-resistance against arbitrary power and oppression is absurd, slavish and destructive of the good and happiness of mankind.
Smigiel says he is often labeled an “insurrectionist,” which he claims is ridiculous because he is merely echoing the words of Maryland’s Declaration.
Delegate Smigiel told Freedom Outpost that the counties would first need to seek a reception from a nearby state, such as Delaware or Virginia. If that was approved, they would then approach the Maryland legislature and request secession just as stated in Article 6 above.
As with anything dealing with a tyrannical government, I’m guessing Maryland would not be willing to let those counties and their money go to another state. In the end, it would probably result in the government attempting to use force in a manner similar to that of the War of Northern Aggression.
Rural Coloradans have also started an initiative to become the 51st state and have expressed similar concerns to those of the residents of Maryland. Colorado recentlyrecalled two senators over their tyrannical anti-gun positions, which resulted in sweeping gun control legislation.
Tim Brown is the Editor of Freedom Outpost and a regular contributor to The D.C. Clothesline.