More and more attention has been paid to the serious/satirical secession movement. Although Paul Eckerstrom’s Facebook group trying to start a “Baja Arizona” movement has been getting a lot of attention, I’d like to point out that my brother has had a similar Facebook group that has been active for several years.
Don’t worry, Mad Viking, we still love you.
The attention Eckerstrom and his group have been getting is gratifying in some ways, since it has become a good way for us bajaärizonenses to express our frustrations with the neanderthals that have been leading our state. Whether this will result in an actual state being created…I’m a bit dubious.
By the way, the true instigator of this whole thing must be recognized: attorney Hugh Holub. Holub first suggested Baja Arizona shortly after the election of Evan Mecham, the first in a series of incidents that made us in Southern Arizona question the political maturity of our friends to the North. His bumper stickers were seen throughout Southern Arizona and I even remember maps of the “new state” wheat pasted near the U of A campus (Holub would never do such a thing, of course).
Holub has maintained a Free Baja Arizona page as part of his Frumious Bandersnatch site. The Bandersnatch is a satirical newspaper he published (on yellow paper) during his years at the U of A, and has been occasionally spotted in the time since.
By the way, I’ve been selling Free Baja Arizona bumper stickers on this site’s store for quite a while. They lack the four-color presentation of Holub’s from years ago, but they do the job.