Petitioners in California proposed a referendum in 2019 for California to secede from the US. California is the most populous state in the Union and enjoys political clout with it’s numerous Electoral College Votes. There is a faint possibility for secession to succeed and the concept Is worthy of exploration.
The website Yescalifornia.org lists nine points in the case for independence, and the movement is referred to as #Calexit. The most striking point is #Calexit’s stance on the military:
“The U.S. Government spends more on its military than the next several countries combined. Not only is California forced to subsidize this massive military budget with our taxes . . . The only reason terrorists might want to attack us is because we are part of the United States and are guilty by association. Not being a part of that country will make California a less likely target of retaliation by its enemies.”
Without the US Military, the people of California are defenseless against a number of larger, well-armed nations. Whether for increased trade, movement of illegal drugs, weapons, or terrorism, California is a tremendous asset. The theory that a lack of “association” with the US protects California is embarrassingly naive.
Government Control . . . Of the rest of us.
Like an entitled snowflake, the inability to control the election process is another point in the #Calexit temper tantrum. In point two, titled “Elections and Government” #Calexit proponents bewail that California has not “elected” a president since 1876. #Calexit implies that California should have the most say in elections. Well California, there are forty-nine other states . . . California is unaware that the US stands for the United States of America, not the United State of California.
Point five is immigration. #Calexit wishes to choose how immigrants will enter the new country. Although there is no plan outlined, this point lists immigration as “vital” to the economy. In a state with huge income disparities between the rich and poor, and almost no middle class, how does #Calexit propose “immigrants” support this disparate economy? Perhaps #Calexit is suggesting a massive influx of poverty level jobs cater to the super elite. Not the most egalitarian proposal.
Reality vs the Dream.
Glaring hypocrisy and irrationalities aside, assuming #Calexit was adopted, what would the country of California look like a decade later?
Ten years later, Trumps “wall” was built, and due to #Calexit included the California border. No illegals from California into the US please. The Democratic party, a bi-costal party, was decimated as #Calexit removed fifty percent of that base, along with those fifty-five electoral college votes. An unprecedented level of civil unrest occurred when #Calexit failed to address the major pre-existing income disparities. Sanctions by the US resulted in an abrupt cessation of trade domestically and a lack of secure foreign relationships resulted in a dearth of luxuries the average Californian enjoyed prior to 2019. The unrest initially resulted in an unstable socialist state. Shortly thereafter, other countries invaded resulting in a dictatorship.
Like when an angry teenager threatens to move out, eventually the exasperated parent hands the teen a suitcase. Be careful what you wish for California. Like any frustrated parent, we might hate to see you go, but sometimes a spoiled teenager needs to learn the hard way. And like that parent, we will let you do so.