Californians seem to mumble a bit about secession every once in awhile. These calls for political revolution typically materialize in the form of vocal advocacy for an entirely seperate nation. Others have proposed a joint secession movement of Northern California with Southern Oregon as the proposed 51st state of the Union known as "Jefferson." Some here take that even farther and include all of Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia in their secession plans as a new nation called Cascadia.. But, our various attempts to leave the rest of you out there typically gain little to no traction, ending after a few short minutes of media recognition.
However, it is 2018, kids are snorting condoms and eating tide pods, they're also simultaneously leading our national politcal movements, so I'd say all fucking bets are off. We're now witnessing a fairly significant push towards secession in California and it is likely not in the form you'd imagine. If you aren't here, or just generally aren't familiar with our state political happenings, you might not know that although 55 electoral votes consistently go for the Democrat Party every 4 years, and the major cities are dominated by liberal constituents, the state legislature itself shares its power between the two major political parties, if only at times by filibuster. There are noticeable divides between the "coastal elites" and the "inland farmers," the "hippies" and the "man," the "progressives" and the "conservatives." . . .
This divide has slowed legal implimentation of political movements, including the continuous delays in infrastructure projects like the high-speed rail system or even just basic reinforcements to our electrical grid. Not to mention a lack of general effort towards the whole drought situation, and the very real possibility millions of us could run out of drinkable water in the 2020's..
These partisan squabbles and power grabs from both sides have created a serious mess, like a $425,000,000,000 state debt ($11,000 per citizen) mess. A serious lack of trust in our police up and down the coast, type of mess. A crumbling infrastructure that is somehow, barely, supporting 40,000,000+ residents (which does not include future transplants still moving here in droves) sort of mess. A we've been ranked near the bottom in education and are literally last in housing affordability, while being rated the worst state for business in the country, kind of mess. This growing pile of mess has seemingly no end in sight, and Trump is president, so we're getting a bit desperate for soltutions out here.. So..
Welcome to New California.
The recently proposed 51st state of the union, now receiving true support from powerful political players and influential businesses all over the Golden State. This movement is attempting to divide and seperate counties into two camps, in what appears to be a massive attempt at gerrymandering tens of millions of people and a hundred million acres of land. The proposed secession of New California does appear to have legal legitimacy, as constitutional scholars seem to be giving the idea merit, but implimentation still requires initial votes of approval by lawmakers and their constituents in the state, and then more voting by more lawmakers and more constituents from other states after that..
The process begins when California's legislature first votes to split the state. If passed by the state Assembly and Senate, the resolution is submitted to the United States Congress. It would then be debated, at great lengths and for a long period of time, as neighboring states and the nation of Mexico would be greatly impacted both financially and politically by such a major change. The likely disturbances in many of the contracts/relationships between Californians and their federal government would cause a great deal of concern, including potentially significant losses of money and resources for tens of millions of Americans. If the resolution is somehow approved by both the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives, then the state of New California could legally secede, and be created without executive support. Those living within the new territory would participate in elections to decide a state constitution, state laws, state appointments and nominations for the legislature, judicial, and executive branches.. And so on..
But are we really doing this?
No. It simply won't happen, as it would be a massive, unprecedented, unpredictable change to the status quo, business contracts, and the political structure overall. New California is a proposal to essentially steal 15 million taxpaying citizens, their wealth, property and businesses away from the current state. Old California would become only the 2nd most populous state behind Texas, losing 25-30 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and nearly half of their previous electoral college votes. I can't imagine Nancy Pelosi, Barbara Boxer, or Jerry Brown supporting such a great loss in economic and political capital here, nor would democrats nationwide support essentially giving away 20-ish electoral college votes to Trump and other future Republican presidential candidates..
But should we be doing this?
I want to believe in it, I really do. Since I tend to believe personally that power should be broken down into the smallest groupings of people and locations possible, that the best form of governance is the least form of governance. A seperation of our constantly feuding political factions and/or competing industries into smaller bureaucracies likely opens wide doors to innovation and investment. However, I fear the consequences of such division being forced upon tens of millions of human beings through the strength of the law. We tend to despise and often resist changes imposed by government, especially when it involves money/god/sex..
The mayor of the Finest City in America, Kevin Faulconer, has been vocally in support of this proposed bureaucratic shakeup. He is calling on fellow state republican party members to strongly support, if not outright donate and help fund, the New California secession movement. In a recent speech at the Commonwealth Club, our Mayor declared "We New Californians stand for freedom; freedom of thought, freedom of religion, and freedom of sexual orientation.. for everybody." Now that's my fucking mayor right there! My fucking mayor! That is a truly noble platform I can easily get behind in spirit, as can most reading this, but I am also not going to hold even one breath waiting for our elected officials to actually pull something this extraordinary off. If this truly is what could solve our problems, we should know by now our powers that be won't let it happen.
As of March 17, 2018 the New California state movement approved a total of 37 fully chartered counties. That is a lot. 12 more counties are likely to join this month, and grievances are beginning to be filed. These next few months could very well be the start of something big for the Golden State, it could even be the end of it. This could all turn out to be some big gerrymandering scheme, a power grab by republicans.. It could even be an elaborate attempt by power-playing liberals to consolidate their influence over the coastal voters and thus our major industries.. or this whole thing could be a misguided attempt at solving the serious problems we face. No matter what, Californians are going to be hearing a lot more about this particular secession movement leading up to, and directly following the 2018 mid-term elections. @NorthParkRadio will be covering any meaningful progress, providing more nonsensical and barely informed opinions on the matter as it develops.