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California Secessionists Still Mumbling

Thursday, December 1, 2016 16:17
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I wish they would. As a matter-of-fact, I hope they continue to generate noise about it. The more they put the idea in front of the public, the more acceptable it becomes. (Ain’t that right gay agenda crowd? Try finding channel that doesn’t have a grossly-disproportionate number of gay personalities and characters, relative to their percentage of the populace.)


Facing Donald Trump’s imminent entrance to the Oval Office, the once outlandish idea of secession doesn’t seem so crazy anymore to some Californians.

But the Golden State’s path to independence is blocked with financial and political hurdles, from an expensive state initiative process to persuading two-thirds of Congress to relinquish an economic and tourism powerhouse[…]

A grass-roots group of secessionists, calling themselves Yes California, last week proposed a November 2018 ballot measure that would ask registered voters if the state should become its own nation.

The group believes California pays more than its share of federal taxes, money the state could use to modernize and fix its infrastructure. The federal government collects about $370 billion in taxes from Californians each year and spends roughly $334 billion in the state.

Yes California points to the state’s overwhelming support for Hillary Clinton and voters’ liberal ideals to show that California is often at odds with the rest of the nation.

The 2018 measure also would strike language from the California Constitution that says the state is “an inseparable part of the United States of America, and the United States Constitution is the supreme law of the land.”

If approved by voters, it would establish a March 2019 statewide special election to ask voters again if they want California to become an independent country[…]

Experts say the strongest legal avenue for California to become its own nation is through an amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which would require approval by two-thirds of Congress and three-quarters of the states in the country.

While the Constitution doesn’t specifically address secession, an amendment granting California’s independence would act as the supreme law of the land, said Gerston.

Daniel Farber, a law professor at UC Berkeley, pointed to a Supreme Court decision, Texas v. White, in 1869 that said Texas “entered into an indissoluble relation” when it became part of the United States. The case related to bonds sold by Texas during the Civil War.

The Supreme Court ruling determined “the Constitution, in all its provisions, looks to an indestructible Union composed of indestructible States.” Texas could only revoke its inclusion in the union “through revolution or through consent of the States,” the court rule.

They’d be invaded by Mexico the day after they seceded.


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