Some state nicknames make sense. Tennessee is called “The Volunteer State” because of its response to the call for troops during the War of 1812, and the state still provides more than its share of soldiers.
Other state nicknames make no sense these days. Consider Maryland—”The Free State.” Not only is the state among the most heavily over-regulated, it is among the least respectful of the rights on its residents. It is certainly unfriendly to the Bill of Rights. For example, the state’s highest court has ruled that the Second Amendment does not apply in Maryland outside of one’s home.
Jeffrey Goldberg has a piece at The Atlantic about an abuse of a “Free Stater’s” First Amendment rights. A middle school teacher has been ordered to undergo an emergency psych evaluation because he wrote a novel about a school shooting.
Read the whole thing.
Perhaps it’s time for a new nickname. How about “The Democratic Peoples’ Republic”?