The top story in several California newspapers today pertains to a proposal submitted to the Secretary of States office. It requests a vote to strike language in the California State Constitution defining it as “an inseparable part of the United States of America”.
Yesterday, the Cal-exit initiative was given the go ahead to begin collecting the nearly 600,000 signatures required to put the proposal on the November 2018 ballot. The signatures should be easy to acquire considering a recent poll shows one in three Californians are in favor of secession. If passed, there would be a statewide special election in March 2019.
Secretary of State Alex Padilla said: “California does not share the same cultural ideals as the rest of the country.”
The arguments of Cal-exit proponents are compelling:
“As the sixth largest economy in the world, California is more economically powerful than France and has a population larger than Poland. Point by point, California compares and competes with countries, not just the 49 other states.” ~ Louis Marinelli, Yes California Independence Campaign
- The electoral college system has disenfranchised California. Donald Trump lost California by more than 4 million votes. If each vote counted there would have been a different outcome and a different president. California’s electoral votes haven’t affected a presidential election since 1876.
- California natural resources like coal, oil, and natural gas are extracted and sold by the U.S. government to private corporations with little profit going to the state.
- Financially, California subsidizes other poorly run states, and that money could be used to improve the educational system, as well as infrastructure, and etc.
- California believes in environmental issues. Efforts to reduce carbon emissions and human impact on the environment are limited by constant debates over the existence of global warming.
My first thought was “California, take me with you, I want out of Trumperica too!” But if you filter through all that has been written on this topic, you might find some alarming information.
The “Yes California Independence Campaign”organization is run by Louis Marinelli, a former right-wing activist from Buffalo, New York. He studied at Vladimir Putin’s alma mater, St. Petersburg State University, and he has resided in Russia for the past ten years. Most alarming is the fact that his secessionist effort was almost exclusively funded by the Russian government and Communist Party before it picked up more mainstream attention with this recent presidential election.
This, in addition to Donald Trumps presidency, is an example of the Russian government’s ability to sway U.S. public opinion. Separating California from the U.S. would weaken the nation, which would benefit Russia. Russia also supports other secession movements in the U.S., like the “Texit” movement in Texas.
So, regardless of how much I don’t want to live in a country that would have Donald Trump as president, at this point in time this might not be a great idea.
January 26, 2017