Should libertarians support “New California?”

By Nathan Barton

Eagle Rising, a conservative website, has an article discussing and applauded efforts of “rural” California attempting to secede from the core urban areas of the Golden State.

A lessening in the size and power of the People’s Republic of California and its irrational government and people is a good thing, right?  My wife has relatives in true Northern California (NOT the Bay Area) who for years have endured the tyranny of Sacramento and its supreme soviet controlled by the progressives of the Bay Area, Ellay, and other hotspots of liberalism.  The Western States – and even liberal Oregon and Washington – are filled with refuges from the galloping socialism, political correctness, and irrationality of California.

But not so fast, folks.  Read the article and the extracts of New California’s “Declaration of Independence.” Although it looks good: less government, less taxes, less bullying, less social engineering. When you start going through the articles and the press releases, and the pamphlets, it appears that “less government” is at the bottom of the list. One of their grievances seems to be that in some things, there is “not enough” government.  And that the current California government is not keeping enough control of some people – and not just those who commit crimes by aggressing against others.

(NOTE:  I welcome clarification of the situation if I am misstating it.)

USA Today quotes the group leading the secession effort: “”After years of over taxation, regulation, and mono-party politics the State of California and many of it’s 58 Counties have become ungovernable,” the group said in a statement, citing a “decline in essential basic services” including education, law enforcement, infrastructure and health care.”

That sounds to me like a recipe for disaster: doing the same thing AGAIN and expecting a different result. USA Today goes on to quote one of the founders of the movement: ““We have to demonstrate that we can govern ourselves before we are allowed to govern,” Tom Reed, a founder, told the [CBS] network.”

Get that?  They are not planning to stop with “governing ourselves” (being self-governors). They want to be allowed to GOVERN.  Just like DC and Sacramento govern.  Monopoly of force, “do what we say,” and “you can’t do that.”

Californians, New or not, don’t need more of that.  Within a decade, the 15 million New Californians are likely to be in the same boat as 40 million Californians are today.

They want to continue to have government educate their children, according to USA Today.  Let us consider what that means, from a single incident in California on 14 March, as part of the nationwide protests against school violence, demanding that millions of people be disarmed because a very tiny number of murderous thugs go out and kill people.

The Mercury News tells us about Mt. Diablo High School in Concord, California.  A large group of students broke OUT of school at 10 AM, by tearing down an iron gate which sealed off the campus, so that they could march in protest to demand that new gun laws disarming people and banning guns and requiring more mental and other checks be done.

So, let me see if I have this right.  The students, demanding new laws, BROKE the law by destroying government property, in order to stage a march demanding new gun control laws.  Which of course everyone will follow.  Right?  And they had to break out of the government-run, tax-funded school in which they were confined.  Just like people in jail and prison, because the school tried to KEEP them from taking action (however wrong-headed it may have been).   Of course, the excuse for the locked gates sealing their campus was to protect them against evil guns wielded by mentally-sick people who want to run into their hallways and classrooms and gun them down, while cops stand outside the school buildings and hear the shots and the screams.

Protected.  Just like the concert goers in Las Vegas were “protected” by security guards.  I don’t suppose there is any place around Mt. Diablo High where a gunman (or several) couldn’t fort up and snipe at the students.

Californians have lived with this for decades.  The intelligent ones who value liberty have, for the most part (like MamaLiberty) already voted with their feet.  As have many rather stupid ones: like the kind that move to rural Colorado and Utah and even Montana, and explain that they couldn’t put up with the high taxes and excessive (their words, not mine) government and nanny state. But whom are FIRST in line to complain that they have to pay for something directly out of pocket in Colorado or elsewhere, that the California government used stolen tax money to pay for.  And who complain like crazy that they don’t have the same level of government services in Cortez or Moab or Miles City that they had in LA or San Diego or Marin County.  “You mean I have to pay the landfill to take my trash here?”  “You mean I can’t have a public library open 24-7 for my convenience?”  “You mean my kids have to pay for their own cheerleaders’ uniforms and school lunches?”

There is no cure for that sort of madness and stupidity.  Except, just maybe, forcing them to live without being parasites on society.  Forcing them to accept responsibility for their own lives and living and actions.

And “New” or not, I don’t think 35 or 25 or 45 counties of the People’s Republic of California have either the courage or brains or love of liberty to do it.

Mama’s Note: How does one “force” anyone to accept personal responsibility?

About TPOL Nathan

Follower of Christ Jesus (a christian), Pahasapan (resident of the Black Hills), Westerner, Lover of Liberty, Free-Market Anarchist, Engineer, Army Officer, Husband, Father, Historian, Writer, Evangelist. Successor to Lady Susan (Mama Liberty) at TPOL.
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4 Responses to Should libertarians support “New California?”

  1. David Misisco says:

    This “movement” to secede from California is not unlike others that have been proposed (State of Jefferson movement or the Six Californias initiative for example). And the biggest common dominator between them is they’ll never happen. Sacramento will never allow it to happen. The folks behind the State of Jefferson movement came to realize that recently and are now putting their efforts toward suing the state for greater representation, hoping that gets them what the want. I doubt that will happen either.


    • MamaLiberty says:

      Doesn’t matter to me. Sadly, none of the current secessionist movements are fighting for individual liberty and autonomy for the people who live there. All they want is to control the government themselves. Not the same thing, by a long shot. And no, the current powers that be will never allow even that.


  2. Darkwing says:

    If the LP did support the divide, it will be another nail in the coffin of the LP and the cannot afford that. The MSM would beat them up on the subject.


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