Brown’s Empire: Calexit
By de Andréa,
Opinion Editorialist for
‘THE BOTTOM LINE’
Posted January 30, 2017
As a follow-up to yesterday’s article titled “California Communist Governor Jerry Brown Declares War On Trump,” is California’s Communist Governor Brown now supporting or even advocating secession of the state of California so he can turn it into a Despotic Independent Empire?
A fringe political group in California supported by its communist governor wants to opt out of a Donald Trump presidency by leaving America. I would say that is a fair example of anti-Americanism wouldn’t you?
The Yes California Independence Campaignaims to hold a ballot referendum in 2018 which would take 585,407 signatures, that, if passed, would bring California one step closer to becoming an independent country. If it does I am moving to Sparks Nevada, maybe even Tonopah.
Now, if this were eight years ago I might have been in favor of secession because America was defiantly headed toward a Communist tyranny. But now that the Communists have been defeated at the poles, the California Governor Jerry Red/Brown and the Communist majority of the state legislature and their Communist thug supporters instead of leaving the country like they promised us they would, now want to drag the entire state and every one in it, away from the promise of restoring a ‘Free Republic’ and instead into isolated tyranny.
Far-fetched as it may sound, the plan started gathering steam the presidential vote. Moreover, the anti-American movement has an impressive backer called Shervin Pishevar, a well-known Iranian entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and super angel investor who offered to bankroll the entire campaign to secede California and eventually the entire west coast, turning California Oregon and the state of Washington into its own country denying the US Government any access to the Pacific Ocean. Could this be an effort by the Nation of Islam to cause a Syrian style civil war and breakup America, making it easier to turn it into an Islamic State? The rest of the secessionists could just be a bunch of ignorant useful idiots. I’m just saying…
Since the time of the American Revolution, two camps have emerged: those arguing for greater states rights and those arguing that the federal government needed to have more power and control. The first organized government in the US after the American Revolution was under the Articles of Confederation. The thirteen states formed a loose confederation with a very weak federal government. However, when problems arose, the weaknesses of the Articles caused the leaders of the time to come together at the Constitutional Convention and create the US Constitution that we have today. Many felt that the new constitution ignored the rights of states to continue to act independently. They felt that the states should still have the right to decide if they were willing to accept certain federal acts. This resulted in the idea of nullification, whereby the states would have the right to rule federal acts unconstitutional. The federal government denied states this right. However, proponents such as John C. Calhoun fought vehemently for nullification. When nullification would not work and states felt that they were no longer respected, they moved towards secession. This is what caused the beginning of the Civil War. South Carolina was the first state to secede from the Union in December of 1860, a short time later six more followed suite. We now face a very similar issue. The question is -will it cause The Second American Civil War.
"As the sixth-largest economy in the world, California is more economically powerful than France and has a population larger than Poland. Point by point, California compares and competes with countries, not just the 49 other states," Yes California wrote in a statement. “California is a nation, not a state. This is the campaign to secede and make California an independent country.” Look for yourself: http://YesCalifornia.org.
Louis Marinelli, an outspoken political activist and president of Yes California, envisions California as a sovereign entity within the US, much like Scotland in the United Kingdom: .
There is no clear path for how California might appeal to the federal government so that it may leave. The US Constitution lays out procedures for how a new state may enter the union, but there are no specific protocols for a nation to exit.
Marinelli, however, sees a workaround — with a ballot measure passed by California voters.
In 2015, Marinelli paid $200 eachto get nine initiatives related to secession on a statewide ballot, according to The Los Angeles Times. None garnered the nearly 400,000 signatures necessary to appear on the ballot. So Marinelli and his followers are forced to start over.
Yes California now aims to gather enough signatures to put an initiative on the ballot in 2018, when Californians will choose their next governor, for a referendum in 2019.
Californians across the state marched in protest of President-elect Donald Trump. Should a clear majority declare their support for a Brexit-style departure, the group may follow one of two paths. Both lean on a significant case argued before the US Supreme Court in 1869 — Texas v. White — which touched on a state's abilityto secede.
Here's option 1, as described in a statementfrom Yes California:
"A member of the California federal delegation to Washington would propose an Amendment to the US Constitution allowing the State of California to withdraw from the Union. The Amendment would have to be approved by 2/3 of the House of Representatives and 2/3 of the Senate. If the Amendment passed it would be sent to the fifty state legislatures to be considered (to satisfy the 'consent of the states' requirement in Texas v. White). It would need to be accepted by at least 38 of the 50 state legislatures to be adopted."
"California could call for a convention of the states (which is currently being organized to tackle other constitutional amendments as we speak) and the Amendment granting California its independence would have to be approved by 2/3 of the delegates to this convention. If it passed, the Amendment would be sent to the fifty state legislatures to be considered and 38 of the 50 states would have to approve the measure in order for it to be adopted."
No state has ever seceded from the union since the Civil War, despite Texas' best effortsearlier last year.
"The legality of seceding is problematic," Eric McDaniel, associate professor of government at the University of Texas at Austin, told The Texas Tribunein June, at the height of Brexit hysteria. "The Civil War played a very big role in establishing the power of the federal government and cementing that the federal government has the final say in these issues."
Marinelli acknowledges the road ahead is long.
"What's going on in the US politically and culturally is so different from what's happening here," Marinelli told The LA Timesin 2015. "I want California to be all it can, and our group feels the political and cultural connection to the US is holding us back from our potential."
SEE ALSO: People in California take to social media to call for a 'Calexit' from the US in the wake of Trump's win
The so-called Calexit backers have about 7,000 supporters mobilized to gather signatures statewide for the new California nationhood initiative. The California Secretary of State's office said Thursday the backers of the measure must collect the signatures of 585,407 registered voters to qualify for the ballot. Organizers have until July 25, 2017, to meet the requirement.
"We think it's going to be quite easy for us to make the sell," said Marinelli. "California is a different place and has its own culture, its own history, its own identity, its own world view, and its own ideology in a large respect. So we would feel better off if we can set our own destiny, set our own path forward and not be connected to a lot of these obsolete policies of the American system."
Added Marinelli, "There's a lot of this dysfunction going on in the American system, the corruption in Washington, the animosity within the United States as a whole. So we want to break away from all that and set a new path forward. To establish for ourselves some kind of progressive republic on the western shores of North America."
The referendum aims to repeal a provision in the state's constitution that reads "California is an inseparable part of the United States of America, and the United States Constitution is the supreme law of the land."
"What we want to do is give the people of California the chance to vote yes or no on independence," said Marinelli. "If the people want to stay in the country and they want to remain a state they can vote no. We're certainly going to be focusing on the argument about convincing people why it's better for us to become our own country."
Calexit backers see divorce from the union as a two-step process — first the vote in 2018 to repeal the "inseparable" provision from the state constitution and then a special election in 2019 for the independence vote itself.
THE BOTTOM LINE: Has the whole country gone bonkers? When Obama was president there were protests because he wasn’t protecting this country from terrorists, now that we have a president that is doing what he is supposed to do and that is to protect this country from enemy’s both foreign and domestic, there are protest against that. What do these people want anyway???? I can only think they want war…and if they continue down this road that is exactly what they will get, a country that looks like Mosul Iraq. Read related article. Protesters are paid...
Thanks for listening my friend! Now go do the right thing and fight for freedom.
- de Andréa
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