By: Brian Evans
In recent years, America’s political class has shifted from what America’s ideological shift has become more and more apparent, as the political elitists in Washington and throughout the country seem to be shifting ever-closer towards a belief system that foreshadows greater unrest, division, and lack of civility. As evansnewsreport.com previously detailed in ‘California: The Anti-American Petri Dish, Where Communist Idealism Subverts Basic Human Rights and The United States Constitution‘, Progressive’s have been able to establish and shift the state into not only a socialist haven for anti-Constitutional principles, but they have been able to push the state ever-closer towards a communist state.
Over time, the shift constitutional principles into socialist ones, has consequently cost the state severely. It has led to exorbitant taxes, out-of-control utility rates, astronomically high home prices and rental costs, and an un-sustaining cost of living for Californian’s. The cost for the state has been extreme, as businesses have fled the state in favor of lower-tax states like Texas, which has led to higher taxes on businesses that have been left behind, in order to make up the difference. It has led to citizens throughout the state to either flee California as well, if they had the means, or many times be left destitute and moving into homeless tent-cities.
Normally, this would lead the citizens throughout the state to throw out their state’s leadership, but not in California. Sadly, the citizens have had the power of ‘The People’ stripped from their clutches, as the State has used the mass deportation of conservatives through their excessively out-of-control tax structure, and their importation of immigrants from both Asia, and especially Central and South America. Therefore, the pro-Socialist Democrat’s in California have employed the strategy of ‘vote farming’ to solidify their grip on a once prosperous state, as the number of pro-Constitutional and capitalist conservative voters have dwindled, and the number of pro-Socialist Democrat voters have exploded in mere numbers. A shift that has made California virtually out of reach for conservative Republicans.
However, the massive rift that has formed between the highly populated socialist and pro-communist cities along the Pacific coastline and the more conservative residents dispersed throughout the southern, central, and eastern portions of the state. It has especially cost the rural farming communities, as the socialist left has rationed their water, imposed irrationally high taxes on them, and created an environment where their votes are silenced by the mere numbers of pro-socialist immigrants who have flooded the state.
Now, as a result of an over-controlling government bureaucracy, residents throughout the state have become even more divided than ever before. In fact, on one side you have the highly populated socialist cities along the coast, and the less populated more conservative rural areas throughout the majority of the state’s land-holding. In fact, it has evolved from a rift between Democrats and Republicans, to a rift between Constitutional Conservative’s and Liberal-Socialists. A rift that has created such animosity and political divisions, that it has spawned any number of movements to break the state up, along the lines of political divisions. The pro-socialist metropolitan areas have called for a separation from all those who oppose their ideological goals, while the pro-Constitutional Conservative rural citizens fight to separate from the metropolitan areas, because they say that the government no longer represents the interests of the farmers and rural residents who are many times tied to the land, and are fighting for their mere survival.
Interestingly, under Article IV, section 3 of the United States Constitution, it allows for new states to be admitted into the union, but it does not allow for a new state to be formed from within an already existing state, without the consent of the state legislature, and the Congress of the United States.
Recently, California lawmakers and proponents have drafted petitions, campaigned in favor of breaking up statehood, and pushed the idea to California residents on both sides, why division would be beneficial to each area, in regards of representation, and economic success. They successfully collected enough signatures to get the initiative on the ballot, and it appears that it is becoming more and more likely, that it could successfully be passed by the California voters, come November. Regardless, it still raises serious uncertainties that the measure would be fulfilled, regardless of what Californian’s say at the ballot boxes, due to Constitutional interpretation in Sacramento, and Washington D.C.. In fact, the Pacific Standard Magazine posted in November 2013 that…
“Generally speaking, it’s very uncommon for a state to willingly vote to make itself smaller. (The last time that happened was in 1862 when West Virginia broke off from Virginia, and that involved some creative wartime interpretations of the Constitution.) And the U.S. Congress seems no more likely to vote for such statehood.”
Pacific Standard Magazine
Californians have made multiple proposals to divide the state over the past year, and one even has made it onto the ballot in November. The first of these proposals is called “Cal3”, and proposes dividing California into three separate States. It would make Southern California the fourth most populous state, Northern California the fifth most populous state, and California the eighth most populous state in the union.
The measure has made it onto the November ballot, and proponents claim that the state has become un-governable. They say…
“We have crumbling infrastructure, dirty water and failing schools. In almost every statistic, 49 states are doing better.”
However, if the measure passes, it would then bring on any number of problematic hurdles including approval from the state legislature, litigation questions, and United States Congressional approval.
California’s Legislative Analyst’s Office said that the state constitution doesn’t explicitly address boundaries or how it would go about splitting into more than one state. They said…
“There is no clear precedent for whether a voter initiative may provide the required state legislative consent to split a state.” “Even if Congress accepts these as new states, you would see litigation.”
Kochhan, California Legislative Office
Also, they said that the initiative would require United States Congressional approval, under Article IV, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution. It states that…
“no new states shall be formed or erected within the jurisdiction of any other state … without the Consent of the Legislatures of the States concerned as well as of the Congress.”
United States Constitution, Article IV Section 3
Therefore, if it was passed by the voters, it would likely be challenged by state legislators, debated in state courts, and then repeat the same long and tedious process in the United States Congress, and in Federal Courts. Furthermore, throughout history, Congress has only admitted four U.S. states that split from an existing state. Those states include Vermont, Kentucky, Maine and West Virginia. Therefore, all-be-it extremely tedious and difficult, it is not completely impossible.
The second proposal is called “New California”, and has garnered the attention of pundits from around the nations, as it has gained momentum. Their website is at: (newcaliforniastate.com)
It was Founded by Robert Paul Preston and Tom Reed, and launched on Jan. 15, 2018, and proposed the creation of the 51st state of the union, and called it “New California.” The movement proposes dividing rural California from the coastal cities, and it cites 40 grievances that they have against the State’s out-of-control government.
One of the main premises behind the “New California” split, deals with the fact that the Sacramento Political Elitist class, no longer represents the rural, and especially agricultural sector of the state’s economy. In fact, the movement states that many of the 58 counties that would fall under New California have become “ungovernable”, and they say it is due to “years of taxation, regulation, and mono party politics”.
CNBC reported that a consensus must be reached by the state legislatures of California as well as Congress. The process, according to New California hopefuls, could take up to 18 months, and as of April 24, the group claimed it has approval from 38 of the state’s 58 counties needed to take it to the Legislature, .
Logistically, of all the two proposals, Cal3 would be the best scenario for the Progressive-Socialist Democrats. It would divide the state into three states including Northern California (including San Francisco), California (including Los Angeles) and Southern California (including San Diego).
Politically, the makeup of the U.S. House of Representatives would likely stay roughly the same, but due to the addition of two new states, it would allot California a total of four more Senators, 2 for each new state. Also, it would give Californian’s four more electors in the Electoral College. Furthermore, the way it is divided, it would split up the new states, so that all three states would have to take on a large proportion of the cities. Therefore, it would give the Democrats a strong advantage in elections, for all three states, and give them two additional safe Democratic seats, and two more leaning Democratic seats. In fact, according to the Center for Politics at the University of Virginian, during the 2016 election, Hillary Clinton would have won all three Californian States, and clinched the Presidency. Regardless, both candidates for California Governor including Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (CA-D), and not surprisingly businessman John Cox (CA-R) oppose the Cal3 measure, especially due to the uncertainty it would bring to future politics.
Furthermore, this year isn’t the only time Californians have tried to divide the state up. In fact, since 1849, Californians have attempted 200 or more times and nearly divided the state in 1859. The Governor signed the bill, but the secession of the Southern States, leading into the Civil War, pushed Congress to hold reluctance, and reject the division.
Therefore, regardless of what happens, it is apparent that it doesn’t matter what Californian voters decide, it will take more than a miracle for it to be approved by both the California legislature, and the United States Congress. Never-the-less the deep divide that has plagued California mirrors and highlights the deep political divisions throughout the United States of America.