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Stray

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Some thoughts on a Free Delaware
« on: March 20, 2003, 05:36:20 pm »

Hi everyone; longtime member, first-time poster. Let me first say that while as a lifelong Delawarean i would love to see the First State become the First Free State, i understand there are factors which might make it not the best choice, and i'll willingly go wherever the FS goes. That said, i had some ideas, almost like a vision, about how DE as the Free State might pan out, and i thought i'd run it up the flagpole.

Oddly enough, it started out with a thought about our neighbor Maryland; if you look at a map of MD you'll see it's one of the oddest-shaped states, basically there are three distinct parts which are barely connected to one another. There's the main central section, where Annapolis and Baltimore are; the western part which looks like it should logically be part of West Virginia; and the Chesapeake Eastern Shore, which shares the Delmarva Peninsula with DE and a small outpost of VA.

Now the Eastern Shore people - largely farmers, fishermen and small-business owners - are always complaining that their interests aren't represented by those socialist-leaning city-folk over on the 'mainland', and from time to time they threaten to break off from MD and become part of Delaware, which they see as a closer match. I for one would welcome them, and i think many Delawareans would be pleased by the idea of the peninsula in 'one piece'. But nothing ever seems to come of it.

BUT - if DE, as the Free State, invited them to join in our increased liberties, that might be the powerful impetus needed to overcome inertia and make a United Delmarva a reality. With the Eastern Shore addition, we'd gain: a) a big chunk of MD's seafood industry; b) a significant increase of DE's already impressive farming sector; c) a bunch of independent voices to outbalance those pesky statist Wilmingtonians in the legislature; d) a little gem by the name of Ocean City.

Imagine a SINGLE coastal state, almost an island with all that implies, already a popular tourist destination with the beaches and boardwalks of Rehoboth Beach AND Ocean City, PLUS legal gambling, marijuana, prostitution, etc. - it could easily grow into America's prime tourist mecca, bringing tons of cash into the Free State. And that's ON TOP OF an already more than self-sufficient production economy.

So could this really happen or am i just blue-skying? i really don't know. But isn't it a cool idea?

If nothing else, it's important to remember - and this might apply to other candidate states as well - that state lines aren't carved in stone, and to many Delmarvans the reality of the peninsula carries greater weight than some arbitrary divisions of latitude and longitude. Don't just look at what a candidate state IS; consider what it could BECOME.
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Re:Some thoughts on a Free Delaware
« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2003, 04:42:10 pm »

It is a cool idea.  If Delaware could cede Wilmington to, say, New Jersey, and annex the rest of the Eastern Shore, it might be our top candidate!  But nothing much ever comes of these ideas.
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Re:Some thoughts on a Free Delaware
« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2003, 05:12:42 pm »

It's another put-the-cart-before-horse idea. . .

  In order to get Delaware to cede Wilmington, we would first have to gain control of the legislature.  In order to gain control of the legislature, we have to take-on Wilmington, with all of the business in Wilmington that benefits from tax-free retail trade with the other states, that woouldn't go- over very well with Wilmington residents that work in retail, not to mention all of the credit card companies, banks and half of the NYSE companies registered in Wilmington that like being in Delaware.  They may like statism in Wilmington, but there are a few things about freedom in Delaware that keeps businesses in Wilmington.

I can think of a few other upside-down criteria for state viability, like a border to Canada and sea-ports to push reform with the threat of secession.  Who cares?  We've got to gain political success first before we can even think about those accessory ideas.  More of my thought on this subject here:  Landlocked or Land-Linked Hub?
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Re:Some thoughts on a Free Delaware
« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2003, 12:19:02 am »

Delaware definitely has the most ideal location for creating a second Las Vegas only better! As far as gaining control of the legislature I truly believe where there is a will there is a way. Reading these posts over the last 6 months I find genuine dedication from many of the members and their will to succeed would prevail over any legislature attempts to overcome our presence. This goes for the other states as well.
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Re:Some thoughts on a Free Delaware
« Reply #4 on: May 20, 2003, 02:57:02 am »

Hi Stray,

Are your suggesting bordom must be part of campaigning in Virginia's 1st Congressional District?

Virginia's 2 Eastern Shore counties get 20% of the attention even though the vote is quite thin there.

The Virginia Beach politicos (2d CD) are also watching  the Eastern Shore.  Your idea has downstream merit.

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Re:Some thoughts on a Free Delaware
« Reply #5 on: July 15, 2003, 10:29:56 pm »

Sounds like something the porcupines can take advantage of if Delaware was selected.
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Re:Some thoughts on a Free Delaware
« Reply #6 on: July 16, 2003, 03:38:33 am »

I like this idea but I am not sure if it will happen :)
I'll likely move to Kent County is DE is picked.  I agree that DE is best positioned to become a 2nd Las Vegas.  The only problem with that is that Atlantic City is so close.  

DE has many positive points, but, but, but....

One good thing I can say about DE is that it has low property tax which is suprising for a state with no sales tax and so small.
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Re:Some thoughts on a Free Delaware
« Reply #7 on: July 16, 2003, 11:52:34 am »

Would'nt matter if Atlantic City is there. People will travel to the city with the least restrictions. Atlantic City only has gambling going for it. A Libertarian society would not only have gambling, but legalized drugs, prostitution, etc. It is basicly why college students would rather travel all the way to Mexico for spring break rather than Daytona Beach, FL. In the end, we would run Atlantic City out of business and those residents will be knocking at our door for work.
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