Five counties in western Maryland want to secede and form their own state. They are rural, conservative and feel disenfranchised by Baltimore and the more liberal parts of eastern Maryland.
So why not add another star to the American flag? The leader of the Western Maryland secessionist movement, Scott Strzelczyk, a former IT consultant, doesn't want a revolution; just a peaceful divorce and more localized government. Seems pretty fair to me.
And while I sympathize with any and all peaceful secessionist movements, if you ask me the American flag is already too cluttered as it. The fifty stars look more like a clumsy galaxy, held together by force by a DC black hole armed with nuclear weapons and a printing press.
I wish Strzelcyk and the West Maryland movement the best, but doesn't the Republic of West Maryland sound better than yet another tax-farm for the Feds to prey on?
Let a thousand nations bloom.