Officials announce a proposal that would establish California as a separate nation, dubbing it the “Calexit” initiative, after the UK’s “Brexit” departure from the European Union (EU). The proposal would ask voters to repeal a portion of the California state constitution that declares California an inseparable part of the United States of America.
If the proposal should qualify for the ballot and is approved by California voters, it could potentially be a sign of things to come with regard to other states also taking a vote to break away from the rest of the nation. It seems that this is the War for Southern Independence all over again, albeit with slightly different geography and very different reasons for doing so.
Recent polls suggest that one in three California residents would support such a measure, in support of possible succession from the U.S. due to their opposition to President Trump, although there is no mention of President Trump in the proposal. California is a very divided state with the major metropolitan areas being predominately liberal and the remainder of the state very conservative in their political leanings.
Secretary of State Alex Padilla said the group behind the proposal, Yes California Independence Campaign, has been given the green light to begin attempts to collect the nearly 600,000 voter signatures needed to place the plan on the ballot.
According to the Yes campaign’s website –
“In our view, the United States of America represents so many things that conflict with Californian values, and our continued statehood means California will continue subsidizing the other states to our own detriment, and to the detriment of our children.”
Similar attempts to establish California as its own independent nation or to break the large state into several smaller states have failed in the past.
According to Fox News and the Associated Press –
The proposed constitutional amendment, titled California Nationhood, would also ask voters to repeal language that states the U.S. Constitution is the supreme law. If approved, it calls for scheduling a vote in 2019 to ask voters, “Should California become a free, sovereign and independent country?”
“America already hates California, and America votes on emotions,” Marcus Evans, vice president of Yes California told the Los Angeles Times. “I think we’d have the votes today if we held it.”
The campaign must submit the valid voter signatures by July 25 to qualify for the ballot.
For now, it’s a waiting game to see just what will happen. Will they get the required 600,000 signatures? Can California survive on her own with the many liberal policies that have virtually bankrupted the state? Only time will tell.