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Calexit, America’s separatists?

April 3, 2017

Separatists are generally thought of in terms of the Old World and the Middle East.

Syrian separatists, Chechen separatists, Irish separatists, and so on.

America’s one serious experiment with a separatist movement resulted in the Civil War.

Fast forward to the present day, and you have the California separatists.

There has been an underground two-or three state sentiment in California since the day it became a state.

Originally, it was centered around what many saw at the time as another land grab by the United States that was only exacerbated by the discovery of gold at Sutter’s Mill in January of 1848.

At that time the U.S. was in active negotiations with Mexico that resulted in the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, signed on February 2, 1849, which ceded California and most of the American Southwest to the United States.

That didn’t go over all that well with the former citizens of Mexico, and ever since there has been an underlying political will to leave the Union on one pretext or another.

Indeed the California secessionist sentiment is so well entrenched, it even has its own topic in Wikipedia.

One website known as Three Californias devotes a considerable number of pixels, bits and bytes to chronicling the various political maps and movements that purport to show the political divisions under which boundaries could be drawn.

Interestingly, one map which supposedly shows the Calexit groups proposed border runs very closely along the San Andreas fault map.

Perhaps they are hoping nature will do what man hasn’t been able to accomplish to date.

This time the movement, now nicknamed Calexit, after its British counterpart Brexit, is centered along political fault lines.

One man calls it the battle between the “easties” and the “westies” while another person characterizes it as an attempt to segregate coastal liberals from their vastly outnumbered inland conservative neighbors.

The latter seems to be a more apt description, given that the drive to obtain enough petition signatures to put the measure on the ballot in 2018 is spearheaded by two California Republicans.

One sign that they are committed to their plan is that they have hired Nigel Farage and Arron Banks, the Brits who spearheaded the successful Brexit campaign, to advise them on fundraising and strategy.

While most people see Calexit as a doomed fantasy, the movement characterizes the wide rift between traditional mainstream America and the growing progressive liberal movement.

It’s an interesting side story to follow.

Can you even imagine the flights of fantasy that the media could soar to if there was an East California?

Just for kicks, what do you suppose the new state’s popular nickname would be? It sure wouldn’t be the Golden State.

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