I used to be of the mind-set that secessionists were wild-eyed, "rugged individualism" folks who were rife with ideas that went against the grain of everything American.
Now I find these same people are very intriguing. Secessionism is no longer a feared concept, what with the train wreck that has occurred down the Baltimore-Washington Parkway.
Just a few years before I entered grade school, Hawaii was named our 50th state.
It was at the time a perfectly rounded number for what I thought as a child was an idyllic time for our nation. A lot of that has to do with the people we have elected to be our mouthpiece in our nation's capital. For the first time in my adult life, I feel betrayed, useless, and recently, for the first time, embarrassed for my country.
The concept is in the snowball stage, and could soon grow exponentially. Why? Because most secessionists harbor ideas that are healthy alternatives to our current system, which begets doubt and mistrust about where our nation is heading.
The era of secessionism is in its infancy. It is no longer an anti-American concept. Rather, it is the voices of true Americans who can no longer accept the status quo of a nation in selfish, squalid turmoil.
Patrick R. Lynch, NottinghamCopyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun