By Nathan Barton
As political conditions turn more and more sour across the Fifty States, it appears that some folks are working hard at opting out.
Not giving up on electoral and other traditional politics as so many of us have. But in essence, saying “a pox on ALL your houses.”
I’m told that the CalExit movement now includes 130,000 members. To those of us used to political movements far off the mainstream, that is a lot of people, even with California’s population (now near 40 million). That is about how many people voted for Libertarian candidates for US Senate in 2016 (although I suspect many LP members in California are also Calexit members).
But even more interesting is the way that Calexit supporters IN California are making contacts and gathering support from outside the state.
And not just libertarians. That is (mostly) a given: ANY state (or other entity) should have the right to secede: to find their own destiny among the nations of the world, the people of the planet. As the original Thirteen States seceded from the Empire. As Texas broke free from the United Mexican States. As California itself departed from the United Mexican States just a decade or so later.
But conservatives in other States are showing some interest. A few, but it still comes as a surprise to many. (Even though it makes great sense from the conservative point of view.)
It should be no surprise that the Tranzis – neoliberal-progressives (regressives, as my sons call them with great accuracy) – are perhaps the greatest opponents to California secession. The long list of Californian Democrats with great power in DC makes that clear: too many of them don’t want to be a big frog in a little (California-sized) pond when they can continue to be a big frog in the big pond of the Fifty States. (I don’t pretend to understand the logic or the motives for that attitude, other than sheer power and greed.)
Whatever the reasons, support for Californian secession is growing outside the state, across the political grid.
In Southern California this weekend, a Calexit convention will feature some of those outside supporters.
The convention will discuss the “why” as well as featuring the “who” California’s secession is desirable from many political (and cultural and economic) perspectives.
Indeed, given the events of the 1840s, its restoration to nationhood, and departure from a failed federal union makes a great deal of sense to the cause of individual liberty, both in California and the rest of the world. Many argue that California leaving the Union (even if still in some kind of free association or alliance) is good for both California and the remaining Forty-Nine States.
The last few months’ political squabbling in the FedGov probably is ramping up interest in either letting California go its own way. Or just plain booting it out. From the Trump regime’s attempt to take away California’s right to set its own environmental standards for motor vehicles (foolish or not) to Pelosi’s vicious feud and impeachment gambit, conditions are ripe for the secession movement to grow. (And not just for California.)