In a statement this week, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra put his stamp of approval on a movement to secede the Golden State from the rest of the union. As long as the separatists, known as CalExit, can round up 585,000 signatures for their petition in time, the attorney general has authorized them to put the initiative on the 2018 ballot.
If they are successful, Californians will be able to vote next November to decide whether or not their state should remain part of the United States…or go free into the liberal LoonyLand as an independent, sovereign country unto itself. And while few analysts give the movement any hope of succeeding, the mere fact that it’s happening shows you that it only took one man – Donald J. Trump – to show these leftists how important it is for states to maintain their rights.
The new proposal, of course, is a bit weaker than the one that preceded it. It doesn’t actually call on Californians to vote on secession; rather, it would give California’s liberal governor the mission of “negotiating more autonomy” from Washington, which may include a future ballot measure declaring full independence from the country. In other words, the new Calexit movement wants to set the stage for an odd “have your cake and eat it too” scenario where California will remain part of the union but will be a “fully functioning sovereign and autonomous nation” within that framework. How that’s supposed to work, we’ll have to wait and see. We think it basically means that California will continue to gratefully accept federal grant money but will politely decline to follow any federal guidelines, regulations, or laws. Should be quite the sight to behold.
As ridiculous as California has become in recent years – and especially in recent months – there is some cause to hope that their quest for secession will be successful. This certainly need not lead to Civil War II: The Trumpening. Maybe this is simply an idea whose time has come. In the wake of the federal government growing more powerful and invasive than our Founders would have ever imagined, this enormous country of ours has begun to crack. And the reason – well, part of the reason – is that people in California are being forced to adopt the culture of southern Mississippi and vice versa. That was never supposed to be the case. We are united, yes, but we were never supposed to be a legally-homogenous culture from coast to coast. And in practical terms, we never will be.
Maybe Californians (and, in their own right, Texans) have a point. The next decade could bring some very interesting questions about the federal government and states’ rights to the forefront, and it’s probably not a bad thing for us to discuss.