California, known as the golden state, could become its own nation if a referendum is approved. After the election of Donald Trump, the proposed action nick-named “Calexit” could gain speed as the state continues to grow in population and economically.
The state will vote on the referendum again in 2019. A campaign behind the effort, Yes California Independence, feels the union the state has with the United States is no longer fitting the needs or interests of people in the state. It thinks the state can make its own laws regarding immigration.
A Trump win is a fitting opportunity to announce and fund the campaign for the state to become an independent nation, according to executive chairman Sherwin Pishevar of Hyperloop One. States like Texas have expressed a similar interest, but California may have a great amount of money to help make this become a reality.
Pishevar is willing to invest money behind the effort after resigning from his position at the Fulbright Scholarship board because he couldn’t work with Trump. Others from Silicon Valley are interested as well including former Google designer Marc Hemeon, Path founder Dave Morin, and Cheezburger founder Ben Huh.
California is not just “one of the states”
California carries a considerable amount of weight when compared to other states and parts of the world. It has the sixth largest economy worldwide and plays a big role in the federal budget.
The referendum has struggled to get on the ballot lacking the 400,000 votes necessary according to the Yes California movement and President Louis Marinelli. He is working to get the needed signatures so it can appear on the ballot in 2018 with voters set to choose a governor in 2019 for the referendum.
California has learned from Texas earlier this year how difficult of a task this may be, especially with Trump as president. It is possible the state may run into other hurdles even if it passes.
Wait, did this happen before?
The Civil War was the last time a state made an attempt to break away from the U.S. The federal government has the final word on the issue as the Civil War played an important role in power and establishment of it; according to the University of Texas Associate Professor Eric McDaniel.
The late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia responded to a screenwriter in 2006 about legal issues surrounding secession. Scalia was blunt with his response saying basically there is no right to secede when considering constitutional issues solved by the Civil War.
The state of Oregon is following California’s footsteps with interest to become an independent nation. According to a report, a secession petition was submitted by two residents wanting to get support for making Portlandia an independent nation.
Oregon seems fine doing this on their own but may encourage other states such as Washington, Alaska, Nevada and British Columbia, which hasn’t detailed plans yet to leave Canada.