Believe it or not there are a couple of movements gathering signatures as we speak, to remove California from the United States. The “Yes California” and the “California National Party,” are two high profile groups expecting to get the issue on the California ballot within the next couple of years.
More striking is that political pundits say, if the issue gets on the ballot, it has a good chance of passing, possibly making California an independent nation.
Of course the Trump presidency has fueled the nationalist movement in California. One of only five states that has a Democratic governor and a Democratic majority in the state legislature, California has always leaned left. In fact California is the last place in America where the political left rules unimpeded over a society and economy actually large enough to prosper as a nation.
Many of us don’t realize, California has the sixth largest economy in the world. That essentially means, after the United States, China, Russia, India and Japan, there is California with a larger economy than Great Britain, France or any other country.
On the flipside, however, California, and It’s close to 40 million residents have problems. Poverty levels, greater than Appalachia, are strangling parts of California. Immigration, much of it illegal feeds poverty and crime. The high cost of living adds to the equation. One wonders without the federal government pouring money in to the state, how they would prosper as their own nation?
Venture Capitalist and billionaire Tim Draper thinks it can work. He’s even devised a plan where the new nation would be divided in to six states. It’s a ballot initiative called “Six Californias.” He allows for Los Angeles and the ultra-liberal actors to have their own state. Silicon Valley and San Francisco to have another. The up north hippies who voted for Bernie Sanders and then Donald Trump to have another. And so on and so on.
The California National Party’s platform believe it or not calls for a “small professional military,” but offers an out for objectors called a civil corps and hopes to share defense duties with the United States. So if you object to war and serving your country, you don’t have to. How convenient. Do leaders of this party really think any Californians will serve if they don’t have to?
Only in California, I say, would crazy ideas like these be seriously considered. The so-called Second Bear Republic, which quite frankly has passed all kinds of questionable ballot initiatives the past few years, could pass a secessionist initiative. It is not out of the realm of possibility.
I have a friend that hates everything about California. He hates Jerry Brown, who seems to have been governor of that state longer than General Motors has made cars. Heck I remember, or I think I do, Jerry in the 1970’s leading the charge against conservatism. He hates Hollywood, and liberal actors who he thinks know nothing about what they spew. He hates Silicon Valley, and all the new tech companies that come up with gadgets that interrupt his traditional way of doing things.
Maybe he’s just a hater, but trust me, he would be first in line to wish California residents good riddance. I got a feeling there would be scores of Trump-lovers and ultra conservatives that would join him in that line.