The last state to be added to the nation was in 1959 when Hawaii was accepted into the union. Though certain community organizers might think there are 57 states in the union, the United States of America has remained at an even 50 states for almost six decades.
A group of activists, named New California, is hoping to change all of that by breaking California up into two separate states.
The result would be a California that is comprised of heavily populated and Liberal, urban strongholds such as Los Angeles and San Francisco and a New California that is made up of the more rural areas of the state.
The founder of New California, Robert Paul Preston, explained to KRON that the way in which California has been governed has created a need for the state to split into two,
“Well, it’s been ungovernable for a long time. High taxes, education, you name it, and we’re rated around 48th or 50th from a business climate and standpoint in California.”
New California has published their Declaration of Independence, which offers further details of the group’s mission.
To begin with, we should point out that secession is nothing new in the United States. The Democratic Party, unwilling to accept the presidential victory of Abraham Lincoln, seceded a number of states because they wanted to keep African Americans enslaved. The southern Democrats were defeated, forcing the rebel states to rejoin the union, but the act established a precedence that shows that it can be done.
Prior to the 2016 election, a Public Policy Polling survey demonstrated that as many as 40% of likely voters in Texas would support the Lone Star State seceding if Hillary Clinton were elected. After the election of Donald Trump, petitions began circulating around California to get an official secession added as a proposal to be decided on in an upcoming ballot.
Usually, we could dismiss these efforts because the Republicans would never risk losing the electoral votes and congressional power provided from Texas and the Democrats would never risk losing the same if California were to secede. They might get national attention to motivate the base of one party or another, but there has never been any serious consideration given to the idea of secession.
This could change with New California’s proposal as the group is not making their case based on whether or not they support the person in the White House, but instead based on the alleged tyranny that is taking place within their state.
First and foremost, the California political machine has put criminals and illegal aliens above American citizens and legal immigrants, thumbing its nose at the federal immigration laws. The ruling body of California has passed a bill that would officially recognize the state as a sanctuary state that harbors and protects illegal aliens.
This disregard of the law and promotion of lawlessness for the sake of political power is a blatant example of tyranny, and New California can make a strong case to enact Article IV Section 3 of the U.S.Constitution on the basis that the state has fallen into the hands of a tyrannical government:
“New States may be admitted by the Congress into this Union; but no new States shall be formed or erected within the Jurisdiction of any other State; nor any State be formed by the Junction of two or more States, or parts of States, without the Consent of the Legislatures of the States concerned as well as of the Congress.”
Should New California be successful in its efforts, half of California’s 55 electoral votes could be up for grabs for the Republican Party.
What do you think? Would you support splitting California into two?