#CalExit campaign for California to secede from the USA marches on

Sunrise over San Francisco, from Muir Beach

Californians have long been upset to find fewer tax dollars enter their state than leave. It was once a big part of recalling their Governor and installing a Governator. Funding the great and failing center of our country, all while being told you are too "crunchy" and "granola" apparently gets tiresome! Citizens of the Bear Republic are now cleared to seek signatures supporting an amendment to the state constitution. The amendment would remove text both declaring California inseparable from the Union, and respecting the U.S. Constitution as the "supreme law of the land."

600,000 signatures and it goes to a public vote. California knows how to party.

More from the LA Times:

Supporters of the campaign for California to secede from the United States can now begin collecting the hundreds of thousands of signatures they need to get a proposed "Calexit" initiative on the ballot.

California Secretary of State Alex Padilla cleared the proposed initiative to begin collecting signatures on Thursday.

If the measure gets on the ballot and gains approval by a majority of voters, it would repeal clauses in the California Constitution stating that the state is an "inseparable part of the United States" and that the U.S. Constitution is the "supreme law of the land," according to the title and summary prepared by the state attorney general's office.

The measure would place another question on the ballot in 2019, asking whether California should become a separate country. If at least half of registered voters participate in that vote, with at least 55% of those voting to approve, the results would be treated as California's declaration of independence.

The current measure's fiscal effect is "dependent on various factors," writes the state's nonpartisan legislative analyst, and if it succeeds would result in "major, but unknown budgetary impacts."

The proposal's backers, known as Yes California, have argued that the state is culturally out of step with the rest of the U.S. and that California pays more money to the federal government than it receives in spending. The election of President Trump has only strengthened their argument, they say.

"California loses [by] being a part of America culturally and financially," said Marcus Ruiz Evans, one of the group's founders. "It could be a nation all its own, everybody knows that. The only question is if they want to break off."

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  1. The Rebel State of California, that's what I proudly call it.

  2. Resistance by California over the next four years will be fine and effective and necessary -- it's a big island of sanity in a sea of crazy. Efforts toward separatism*, however, are a waste of effort and resources that will ultimately only benefit Putin and his orange-furred pet.

    [* especially those led by an anti-LGBTQ right-wing bigot living in Russia, per @kath2cats]

  3. I'm kind of inclined to agree with you? But just want to note that I think in this case, it's a particularist sentiment that doesn't want to be associated with right wing nationalism. It's seeking to avoid that, I think and to stake out something different than could be seen as along the lines of nationalism of some variety, but a much more amorphous, open-ended definition of what it means.

    This. And exiting the country does nothing to help, I totally agree with that. It abandons the rest of the country, including other seas of sanity that do exist out here. Let's not forget that the US government still has the military and a state attempting to break away could mean that the use of the military in the US won't apply in that case. California breaking away would cause a lot more problems then it could fix.

    Also, this is something that the elites of Silicon Valley have been pushing for over recent years.

    Also, also... did you see this?

  4. I don't think secession or nullification talk helps anybody, but I really can't wait to hear all the Texas elected officials who are so happy to spout "don't mess with Texas" secessionist rhetoric lose their minds that the libruls are now doing the same thing.

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