After the 2012 re-election of Barack Obama, a number of conservatives began trying to push for states or sections of states to seceded from the nation. Liberals blasted them for their childish shenanigans.
The day after the 2012 election, the White House website received a request from a group in the state of Louisiana to secede from the union. According to government rules, the motion needs 25,000 signatures by Dec. 7 to be considered a serious request. The proposed secession was authored by a Michael E. of New Orleans who quoted sections of the Declaration of Independence in his request. In part, it asks Obama to:
“[p]eacefully grant the State of Louisiana to withdraw from the United States of America and create its own NEW government. Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it, and institute new Government.”
Not long after receiving the Louisiana request the White House website received a request from Texas with 15,400 supporters already. This request was authored by Micah H. for Arlington who wrote:
“The US continues to suffer economic difficulties stemming from the federal government’s neglect to reform domestic and foreign spending. [Texas] maintains a balanced budget and is the 15th largest economy in the world, [making it] practically feasible for Texas to withdraw from the union.”
These requests for secession seemed to have opened up the flood gates as a total of 20 states posted requests for secession within a week of the 2012 elections. The additional 18 states that have filed requests for secession include: Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, South Carolina and Tennessee.
While such petitions for secession authored by individuals and not by state governments is nothing new, the number of petitions received since the election is a far greater amount the normal. None of them were expected to be taken seriously, but they did show a growing trend amongst some Americans to find a way to disassociate with the United States as long as Barack Obama and the Democrats are at the helm. Just a few short months later, no one seemed to hear about the many attempts for secession.
Now it seems that some dissatisfied Democrats are now shaking the secession tree in the land of nuts, fruits and flakes, also known as the home of Nancy Pelosi – good ole California. Instead of filing petitions on the White House website, California liberals have taken their petition to the California Secretary of State Alex Padilla.
According to Fox News:
“The proposed ‘Calexit’ initiative – its name borrowed from the UK’s ‘Brexit’ departure from the EU – would ask voters to repeal part of the state constitution that declares California an inseparable part of the U.S.”
“A recent poll found that one in three California residents would support a possible secession from the U.S. due to their opposition to President Trump. No mention has been made of the president in the proposal.”
“If the proposal qualifies for the ballot and is approved by voters, it could be a step to a future vote on whether the state would break away from the rest of the nation.”
The campaign behind the California secession effort states:
“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.”
Fox News reports:
“Secretary of State Alex Padilla said the group behind the proposal, Yes California Independence Campaign, was cleared to begin attempting to collect nearly 600,000 voter signatures needed to place the plan on the ballot.”
“Similar attempts to establish California as a nation, or break it into multiple states, have failed.’
“The proposed constitutional amendment, titled California Nationhood, would also ask voters to repeal language that states the U.S. Constitution is the supreme law. If approved, it calls for scheduling a vote in 2019 to ask voters, ‘Should California become a free, sovereign and independent country?’”
What would the rest of the United States have to lose if California did secede from the nation?
A year ago, the state was facing a $400 billion deficit. That means US taxpayers would not have to bail them out of their debt. As an independent nation, California will be broke before they become free.
California is home to one of the largest populations of illegal aliens, due its being along the border and largely because major sections of the state are sanctuary zones for illegals.
California is governed by a liberal governor and legislature and has a large concentration of LGBT people.
California has imposed the nation’s first state carbon tax, which has driven some businesses out of the state.
Perhaps the greatest benefit would be losing Nancy Pelosi and Maxine Waters from the US House of Representatives.
Perhaps the greatest draw back would be losing Darrell Issa and Kevin McCarthy from the US House of Representatives.
Having lived next to California, in Arizona most of my life, I say let them go. They’ll be crying to rejoin the United States in no time.