Should California secede? How the state is politically out-of-step with the rest of the country

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December 5, 2016

Left CoastNot since 2010 has California felt itself politically so out of step with the times. That year the state resisted the nationwide wave of anti-incumbent, anti-regulation and anti-big government voting to elect Jerry Brown as governor, ease the passage of big-money state budgets and turn away a challenge to its pioneering greenhouse gas regulations.

This election day, California voters tightened gun control, extended taxes on the rich, hiked cigarette taxes, legalized marijuana, boosted multilingual education — and of course provided Hillary Clinton with all of her winning margin of 2 million popular votes, and then some, in her losing campaign for president.

No wonder the election has inspired talk of California’s seceding from the United States. The nascent campaign, organized under the banner of the Yes California Independence Campaign and heralded by the Twitter hashtag #Calexit, has been energized by remarks by Brown, and others, that a Trump election would necessitate “building a wall around California” to preserve its forward-looking policies against a reactionary federal regime. And why not, the argument goes. After all, with a gross domestic product of $2.5 trillion, the state’s economy ranks sixth in the world, sandwiched between Britain and France.

Secession talk is more valuable as a pointer to all the ways that California and federal policies are likely to come into conflict during the next few years than as a formula for practical politics.

“It’s impossible to look at the Trump campaign and not see a direct threat to the civil liberties and dignity of California citizens,” says Tom Steyer, the progressive billionaire who in recent years has focused his energy on combating climate change via his organization NextGen Climate.

  • Duane L Petersen

    If all the illegals that voted in that state were not counted Hillary would have lost by a huge margin. The only reason that the DemocRATs win all the election as Cal use to be a solid Republican state until the illegals showed up and they started issuing drivers license to them and then they used that as a document to prove citizenship. You really don’t think that there was that much of a switch in mentality in less then 4 years.

  • kajohns55

    The breakup has bee inevitable since 2000.The USA,EU , GB and UN are all about to disappear due to chronic dysfunction. They are dinosaurs.

  • justinwachin

    Maybe the question of California residents should be whether they would be better served by dividing into several states. This state occupies a majority of the West Coast. Geographically Californians would probably be better served if they lived in smaller states.

  • Rodney Steward

    Can everyone say, the land of the lost, he$$, these idiots can’t do anything, the whole state is bankrupt and living of the Gov.! CAL., and NYC are in the same boat, broke and very few real Americans!

  • Chuck

    All of CA should not leave. Divide the state into a couple sections so the good people can continue to oppose the Hollyweird morals and continue to contribute to the American way. Let the fruits and nuts concentrate in the cities and go their destructive way.

  • jimana

    Actually California serves a very useful function. On every issue there is a right side and a wrong side. California is always wrong! Wrong governor, wrong Senators, wrong representatives, wrong laws, wrong morals – you name it and CA is always wrong! Thanks to California for repeatedly affirming that our conservative position is again correct.

    • Rodney Steward

      Nailed that friend!! 🙂

  • donorlougeorge

    WE HAVE SICK PEOPLE HERE IN CA WISH THEY WOULD LEAVE US ALONE AND THEY GO SEE ABOUT A STATE FOR THEMSELVES IN MIDDLE EAST WOULD BE WONDERFUL

  • Mort Leith

    The entire country wishes those ignorant libT ard-commies would leave the Union…
    They are already Non-American perverts we don’t like or want any association with….

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