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California continues bid for nationhood.

September 18, 2017

The state of California increasingly seems to no longer be one of the 50 states, at least to the casual observer.

Circumstantial evidence includes: the still percolating secession movement; the recent attempt (later removed from the sanctuary state Senate Bill 54) that sought to require even private citizens to stop reporting or referring illegal residents to ICE; the move to be among the first primaries in the nation; and now, the recently passed legislation to force all presidential candidates to release their most recent five years of tax returns to the public (leaving one to wonder how forthcoming some Democrats would be in the next election).

If California was a child in the 1950’s we might say it’s gotten too big for its britches. That’s predicated on the theory that as just one of 50 states, California is subject to Federal laws.

But what about the nation of California?

There used to be a saying that “as California goes, so goes the nation.” That’s less true now, but the state still wields considerable influence, largely communicated through its tech and entertainment industries and metastasized nationwide by its liberal college attendees and graduates.

Backers of the sanctuary state movement say it is all about having compassion for the less fortunate citizens of the world.

California residents who do not back the sanctuary sentiment are wondering why the U.S. Attorney General doesn’t even attempt to enforce the U.S. Constitution, and arrest and charge legislators and even Governor Brown as seditionists working to overthrow the national government.

That split affects the dialogue over secession and the soon-to-be signed sanctuary state legislation.

Some say that the country can’t afford to let the fifth largest economy in the world out of the union of states.

Others contend that not only can we afford it, but that it might finally be time to admit that it’s long past time for it to go. They point to the corrosive effect its Hollywood-driven far-left scofflaw culture is having on the rest of the country.

If, they say, California wants to act like a sovereign nation, then let it put its money where its mouth is, and go ahead and secede. That would give the rest of the nation a legal right to treat its residents as citizens of another country, requiring things like visas for entry and trade agreements for it to sell goods and services back into the states.

It would also, if the L.A. Times is correct,  save the rest of us at least 368 billion dollars a year.

Cooler heads note that if California goes, there is at least a better than even chance it would aggressively lobby the other West Coast states and even Alaska and Hawaii to join up. That could put a good many shipping ports off limits to the rest of the country, although ships would still have access through the Gulf states and most of the eastern seaboard, save possibly for New York.

It could theoretically even result in the expulsion of the U.S. military from the new nation.

If the other states did secede, that would also have significant military and national defense implications, putting an increasingly hostile neighbor inside our geographical boundaries.

Of course before any of that could happen, secession would have to be legalized, unless we want a repeat of the Civil War.

More cynical observers note that it is more likely that California and the other dozen or so socialist-leaning deep blue states will simply stop obeying increasingly large numbers of Federal laws while still collecting Federal tax dollars. Who says you can’t have your cake and eat it too?

Perhaps the state hopes that it’s anti-government actions will simply be ignored until the cumulative effect is irreversible, using much the same type of negotiating style that has worked so well for North Korea.

All in all, Cali might be talking itself and the rest of us into a drama that not even Hollywood can fix.

 

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