Last November, a petition was submitted for a 2018 ballot initiative to have Oregon secede from the United States, and now reports are circulating that California has received the go-ahead to start collecting signatures for a proposal to secede as well. Although the Oregon petition was soon after withdrawn, and the chances of California seceding are slim, due to the changes that would have to be made to the Constitution, the idea of exiting the Union has been gaining popularity on social media, and many are hoping it will spark genuine discussion on the matter.
According to the Oregonian, lawyer Jennifer Rollins, and Christian Trejbal, a writer, filed the Oregon Secession Act two days after Trump’s election, stating that “Oregonian values are no longer the values held by the rest of the United States.” Although the petition gained support not only from Oregonians, but citizens across the country, the duo soon began to receive threats from those who opposed it, prompting them to pull the petition for fear of their family, friends, and colleague’s safety.
Trejbal and Rollins stated the following:
“We thank the many Oregonians and people from across the country who sent messages of support or just interest in discussing the idea. They give us hope that after the current furor calms, there might be space for civic conversation the important issues confronting Oregon, the West and all of America.”
The Cascadia Independence Movement has long explored the idea of the entire Pacific Northwest, along with western Canada and a portion of Alaska, seceding from the United States and Canada to create a new nation called Cascadia. Now the Yes California Independence Campaign, which is currently leading the way, aims to hold a referendum in 2018 that would bring California closer to becoming an independent country, and there has been talk of collaboration.
Alone, California is the sixth largest economy in the world, and should they merge their efforts with other states, the new nation could be the fifth-largest economy. In a statement from Yes California:
“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.”
As with “Brexit,” there are those who claim California’s secession would be a disaster. The LA Times wrote a report pointing out that without California, the U.S. would lose the 1.4 million voters who voted against Trump, as well as the biggest source of electoral votes. They state that the Senate would have two fewer Democrats, the House of Representatives would lose 38 Democrats, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals would be changed irrevocably, and the U.S. as a whole would suddenly be a lot less ethnically diverse, all of which they claim would be a hit to Progressives, as Trump and his supporters would cheer for the separation.
What those at the LA Times fail to comprehend, is that Democrats are not Progressives; they are neo-Liberal, corporate-Lefts, which can be better described as simply a lighter shade of the Right. It’s because of the corruption within the government – and this most certainly includes the Democrats – that people are beginning to give secession serious thought, and it’s safe to say the vast majority of those individuals could care less about crooked U.S. senators, representatives, or circuit courts.
Next, in the typical dense-Democratic fashion, the LA Times goes on to bring attention to the fact that Marcus Ruiz Evans, the leader of the Yes California Independence Campaign, was registered as a Republican when he formed the separatist group two years ago. We’d like to point out that Republicans are not “the enemy,” they’re simply the other side of the same corrupt government Democrats are a part of, and trying to create a further divide by using Evans’ previous political affiliations as some form of ammunition, is not helping the situation. Ultimately, it’s of little relevance anyway, considering the whole point of secession is to leave the U.S.’s corporate controlled system behind – Republicans, Democrats, and all.
Ultimately though, the choice comes down to the majority, and in all fairness, relevant points can be made for both sides of the debate. Considering the popularity of the idea of secession is on the rise, it has become a valid topic for citizens to discuss. Tell us your thoughts below.
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