By the Left Coast Rebel
Secession is a possibility, even if remotely so. It would involve so-called "red" counties such as Orange, San Diego (where I live), King, Mariposa and eight other counties breaking off from the state, forming so-called South California.
The idea is being floated by Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone (good for him).
Many of us So-CAl business owners/tax payers/limited government proponents think (rightfully so) that Sacramento is broken beyond repair. Secession from California and formation of a "South California" would undoubtedly create a highly prosperous wealth-creating Hong Kong-esque hub set free from the choking tentacles of the progressive wealth-spreaders, welfare-state metropolis's of Sacramento, San Francisco and Los Angeles.
South California secession would also create another interesting dynamic. Because of the demographics of the 12 counties discussed, a permanent "purplish" swing state in electoral-college politics would be created, perhaps changing the nature of presidential politics forever -- if a significant chunk of California's electoral college votes were in play every presidential cycle.
It's a super long shot but interesting to contemplate nonetheless.
Hat-tip Leslie Eastman/Temple of Mut. Cross posted to Proof Positive.
Updated: There's an unscientific poll up at the L.A./CBS affiliate carrying this story. The poll asks, "South California: politics as usual or time to split?"
The results aren't even remotely close:
Updated x2: Warplanner, also a California resident, responds in the comments:
This is an interesting proposition and, for historical context, there was a movement on the eve of World War II where a number of like-minded counties in north Northern California wanted to secede from California and re-enter as the 51st state. In reading the link, you will find they were considerably more liberal than there more southerly counterparts.Count Warplanner in the 88% of poll respondents above saying "aye" to secession.
It would be interesting and welcome to separate ourselves form the liberal cesspool of San Francisco and their hand maidens in Sacramento. Hell. it'd be freaking marvelous!
..where do I sign?
Updated x3: Just got this moving comment from a reader on LCR's Facebook page. Her name is Caroline and she lives in New England:
Wow: Southern Californian culture (is) the land of materialistic con-artistry with a paper thin veneer of pop enlightenment overlaid upon some few who would pretend to be other than parasites looking for a host.One might think that expelling that section of the nation might be an idea. Expulsion would be a good thing.... so far as I understand California politics it seems a lot of the lunacy comes from that region.
Sacramento may be where the legislation takes place, but is it true that it is a representative legislature... and some bulk of the population is in Southern CA?
As to Southern California being some moneymaking paradise, one wonders about that as well. It is awash in illegals as I understand it, whose depredations upon "the system" are actively encouraged and sheltered by Southern Californian culture....and it is the land of materialistic con-artistry with a paper thin veneer of pop enlightenment overlaid upon some few who would pretend to be other than parasites looking for a host.
Expulsion might be hard to enact.. but letting the goobers "secede".. out of the United States.. not just out of CA.... might be a great blessing... so long as we sealed our borders against them.
That is absolutely quotable and unfortunately oh-so true.