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Supporter Of California Secession Movement: ‘Our Values Are Different’ Than The United States

A leader for the CalExit movement told Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson that California is not part of the United States and it’s time to formalize that reality.

“This is California. We’re not the United States. Our values are different,” said Shankar Singram, vice president of the California Freedom Coalition. “We’re fundamentally different in how we act and speak and think about the world globally. Whether it has to do with war, the climate, the environment. We’re just a different state.”

He added, “We are going to do things that are beneficial for our state, and we disregard what the United States thinks or even their laws,” pointing to sanctuary cities and marijuana laws as examples where California is currently defying the feds.

As reported by Western Journalism, Californians may soon get the opportunity to vote to secede. The state’s attorney general, Xavier Becerra, issued an official ballot measure title on Tuesday allowing CalExit supporters to start gathering the 585,000 signatures needed to place the matter before California voters in 2018.

“The initiative [titled ‘California Autonomy From Federal Government’] would form a commission to recommend avenues for California to pursue its independence and delete part of the state constitution that says it is an inseparable part of the U.S. The measure would also instruct the governor and California congressional delegation to negotiate more autonomy for the state,” according to the Associated Press.

“You’re breaking up the United States, that’s your goal.” Carlson said to Singram.

“We’re still here. We’re still trading with each other, communicating with each other. Families are still going to see each other. It’s not as if we’re moving millions of miles away,” Singram said.

Carlson pointed out that even if Californians vote for independence, it does not have the unilateral authority to leave the country. It must be approved by the other states through the amendment process.

“It’s not actually up to California. It’s up to the rest of the states whether California can really leave the union, and this could quite easily turn into conflict,” said the Fox News host. “It did in the 1860s when South Carolina tried it.”

Singram believes the other states would likely be happy to see California go.

“Do the rest of the states really love California? From what I’ve been hearing, we’re snowflakes and we’re hippies. We’re in huge debt crisis,” Singram said.

Marcus Ruiz Evans, a spokesman for the CalExit initiative, said in January that Donald Trump’s election has greatly fueled his group’s cause, which dates back more than two years.

“If California votes were taken away, Trump won the popular election,” said Evans. “So what kind of people elect a man like that? The answer: not Californians.”

“So we’re basically here to tell people that ‘I know that California officials are telling you that they’re going to protect you, but in fact in federalism, the federal government, overrules state law,” he added. “There is going to be a limit to what they can do.”

Evans told reporters the Supreme Court has already recognized the right of states to secede in Texas v. White (1869), though the justices actually held states do not have the right to secede unilaterally.

His group, Yes California, has 20,000 followers on Twitter and over 40,000 likes on Facebook.

Both Evans and Singram argue that California, as the 5th largest economy in the world, will do just fine on its own.

At $2.6 trillion, the Golden State’s economy dwarfs the GDP’s of its sister states. Its closest rival is Texas with a GDP of approximately $1.6 trillion.

California also has the largest population by far of any state with 39 million (or 12 percent of the United States), with Texas second at 28 million, followed by Florida and New York, each with approximately 20 million.

CalExit supporters have 180 days to collect the required 585,000 signatures for the measure to appear on the ballot in 2018.

Source: Western Journalism

7 Replies to “Supporter Of California Secession Movement: ‘Our Values Are Different’ Than The United States

  1. The people representing California are morons ,I bet our founding fathers are rolling in their graves laughing their ass off . I have a new sign idea for California ,Welcome to California ,if your a Republican and a conservative we will judge you

  2. So will the tax payers still pay for the national guard and military to defend them? Or so we leave this to there socialist agenda which whom Will push out every middle class citizen and welcomed all foriegners from other countries.

    This will become a symbol of third world country where lawlessness will accure .

    The clash between culture and law breakers will soon be a reality as they push the middle class out whom the precieve to be white American people.

    Officials there have broken laws by exempting themselves from laws and legislation they pass . Like gun laws and others while receiving money to allow them special privileges like insurance.

    Being exempted from Obama Care is one large reason for people to start fighting for there rights and to keep this state as part of AMERICA.

    Yet it has become one of the biggest Corrupted states who will take people’s power away and tax them until there all equally poor.

    People have to start fighting this war on our country and stop the division if we’re to exist.

  3. I suspect they have not looked at the reality.
    1.They have the worst roads in the country they will loose 34% of their highway funds.
    2. They will loose 50% of their higher education budget. The UC System will loose their hard science professors who will follow the grant money.
    3. Between 25 and 50% of their electricity as the DOE will no longer force AZ and Nevada to sell power at the expense of their states. (how are they going to drive their electric cars).
    4. 1/2 of their water as the Colorado river water pact will be void. AZ Nevada Utah and NM will start getting their fair share. Agriculture production will stop.
    5. Their credit rating will drop to junk bond status as their debt will no longer be underwritten by the US. This will cause higher interest rates and generate further shortfalls in ththeir all ready deficit budget.
    6. They will loose the US military and be forced to fully fund their national guard. All NG equipment will be withdrawn. Fort Irwin will be closed and moved to AZ and the Yuma Proving Grounds. San Diego will close Camp Pendleton closed. Retirees will leave for Texas.
    7. Companies that are headquartered in CA will leave. Defense contractors will leave. causing a drop in revenues. (3 major corporations have left this year already. Nestle is closing it headquarters and all manufacturing plants in the next 6 months.
    8. The red counties will attempt to secede from California. Remember those citizens have the means to resist and the National Guard has been disarmed.
    9. Passports. CA residents will loose their passports. How are they going to protect their citizens overseas. Patent, copyright and all of the government functions will disappear.
    10. Hollywood has already moved a large portion of their production capability to New Mexico. The rest will follow.

    In summary these people have no idea what the basic function of government is. They are unable or unwilling to assess the unintended consequence of their proposal. I give it 6 months before they come begging to return to the US. But as the Indian chief said in the Movie “Texas across the river” when Dean Martin said “we’ll have to give it all back to the Indians.” WHO WANTS IT.

    1. Excellent summary. Lake Mead is the lowest it has ever been because of all the water sent to California. The US could divert the water to Arizona and Nevada. In addition. The 7 million illegals in California would stay there and California would be responsible for all of them financially. I would love to see California secede.

  4. They would fold within three months without federal funds, water, and power. Unfortunately, there are still a lot of conservatives not centered in the cosmopolitan areas who would suffer. I say, let them do it on a trial basis for a few months. They’ll come crawling back.

  5. Californians should read the preamble to our Constitution which recites the reasons for the states to become United. One of the reasons was “for the common defense” and that is why California is not part of Mexico, or the British Empire, or Japan, or Germany. Reject those in California who think they are better than and can exist withour being United with the other States.
    Would they build a wall to protect California or would the other states build a wall to keep you out?

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