The November election didn’t go California’s way, so the nation’s most populous state may be about to do the electoral equivalent of taking your ball and going home.
According to The Hill, a “Calexit” petition calling for the secession of California can now begin taking signatures for a possible 2018 ballot referendum.
The Yes California Independence Campaign has been around for some time now, but it didn’t pick up steam until President Donald Trump’s victory in the general election. On Thursday, the state announced that the group could begin collecting signatures to get the initiative on the ballot.
The measure would delete state constitution language saying that California is an “inseparable part of the United States” and that the U.S. Constitution is the “supreme law of the land,” the Los Angeles Times reported.
If supporters can collect 585,407 signatures in the next 180 days, the issue will appear on the ballot in 2018. If that referendum succeeds, a 2019 special election would ask California residents whether they want to become their own separate country.
“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,” the Yes California Independence Campaign’s website says, according to Fox News.
A recent poll found that one in three Californians favored breaking off from the union. All we have to say is, don’t let the door kick you in the derriere.
Every quadrennial election year, the People’s Republic of the Golden State reliably delivers its 55 electoral votes to the Democrat Party. This would be good if we got anything in return, but our most populous state is also one of our most insolvent.
Thanks to the state’s unfunded pension liabilities, the U.S. Debt Clock lists California’s state debt at $453 billion dollars. Fox News reported that the state just recently revealed another $1.9 billion in deficits thanks to an accounting error.
What’s funny is that while California liberals are behind the Calexit referendum, national liberals would be vehemently opposed to it. California’s two senators are Democrats and 38 of its 53 House of Representative members are from the left, too. Plus, it would almost guarantee that the Republican Party would win the presidency for the foreseeable future.
Even if they want to leave, it seems that the state may be stuck with us, thanks to the party they’ve been pledging fealty to for all these years.
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