A recent cartoon depicted proposed new states, with California divided into several parts, my personal favorite of which was "Hotter'nHellifornia.
My own idea is somewhat different. Any metropolitan area (what the Census Bureau calls a "Statistical Metropolitan Census Area, or SMSA) of more than 1,000,000 could, with approval from Congress and the state from which it came, declare itself a new state.
Think of it: while New York City, Long Island (NY), Philadelphia, Baltimore, Chicago and Miami/Dade County could become states "on the left," Houston, Orlando, Orange County (CA) and Dallas/Ft. Worth could become new states "on the right."
If Philly and Pittsburgh leave, the rest of us here in rural PA could pursue our own interests without having to take into account the needs of the more citified amongst us!
The only problem is, it's probably not a very good idea.
More states mean more state capitals, and we don't need more of those.
The Declaration of Independence proposed that the colonies had become "free and independent states."
As the revolution progressed, the delegates in Philadelphia decided that the colonies should first cooperate with one another under the Articles of Confederation and, later, combine to become a nation in the truest sense of the word under the Constitution.
Americans, it was decided, would henceforward be one people.
The outcome of the Civil War made it abundantly clear. After that terrible struggle for the soul of the nation, the United States became the most powerful nation the world has ever known because we acted together, taking into account the needs of those around us, both near and far.
In recent years, however, it seems that people have forgotten that it takes a people to make a mighty nation.
All across this land of ours, individuals and small groups have decided that their federal and/or state governments no longer represent them.
People have come to the conclusion that voting no longer matters, as if the 2000 election had never happened.
People everywhere seem to be saying,"I got mine; to Hell with you."
This attitude, I say, is completely foreign to our national character; it is as un-American as can be.
Your vote counts.
What you say and do does matter, and all of us--the rich as well as the poor, all ethnic groups, all religions, all cultures, all languages, all of us--are in this thing we call America, our country, together.
Republicans need to work together with Democrats to fashion laws that make sense for all of us, not just those in power or in position to block the initiatives of those in power. Gridlock in Washington and Harrisburg must end.
In the coming elections, vote for people who want to work with one another towards the greater good, not just those who spout what sounds like what you may want to hear.
Submitted by Virtual Newsroom