It’s happening all over the country, in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, in Northern California, in Northern Colorado: rural, conservative enclaves are talking secession. Not from the union, but from the urban, liberal jurisdictions that influence state politics. And it should really come as no surprise that bluer-than-blue Maryland has alienated our own conservative outposts — considering all the progressive legislation Annapolis has churned out on the most controversial political issues — to warrant a secession movement of our very own.
The Western Maryland Initiative, led by Scott Strzelczyk of New Windsor, is a serious, if quixotic, call for Maryland’s five westernmost counties — Garrett, Allegany, Washington, Frederick, and Carroll — to form their own state. The last straw? Gay marriage. Or, the “rain tax.” I mean gun control. No, sorry, it was the Dream Act.