California secede: States Exit Effort Moves Forward (UPDATE)

Since the election of Donald Trump, the idea of ​​a “Calexit” – an exit from of the United States – seduces more than one in this state of the west coast which has majority voted for Hillary Clinton. The campaign of “Yes California”, which militates for a secession of the Golden State, is gaining ground. Its supporters were even allowed to collect the signatures necessary for such a measure to be put to a vote in 2018.

” Not my president .” In the street or on social networks, this expression has become one of the key slogans of the opponents of Donald Trump. Especially in California, where the population voted more than 61% in favor of Hillary Clinton, with 4.2 million votes more than his opponent.

In a state renowned for its progressive positions on issues of ecology and society, ‘s victory had the effect of a cold shower, to the point that the idea of ​​a secession began to make its way .

Thousands of Californians went out to protest in the aftermath of Donald Trump’s victory, in order to let the billionaire know that they were ” not their president .” On Twitter, the keyword #Calexit , designating nothing less than a exit from the Union, became viral within hours. So far marginal, the secessionist option, also called “Caleavefornia” or “Califrexit”, has even received significant support.

Investors and Policies

Entrepreneur Shervin Pishevar, co-founder of Hyperloop, who has invested in Uber or Airbnb, has announced that it will fund ” a legitimate campaign to make become its own nation “, suggesting that the latter could Called ” New “. Other bosses and figures from Silicon Valley followed suit.

Evan Low, Democratic Representative to the State Assembly, had even committed, in the event of Donald Trump’s victory, to support the presentation of a bill on the independence of California. And it may well be that the elected Democrat will have to keep his word in the months to come. For beyond the declarations, the “Calexit” has recently taken a more concrete turn.

“Yes California”


At the end of January, Secretary of State Alex Padilla gave the go-ahead for activists in the “Yes California” campaign to start collecting nearly 600,000 signatures for the measure to be voted on Of the legislative elections of November 2018. They will have to collect precisely 585,407 signatures by 25 July, the equivalent of 8% of the registered in this state of 39 million inhabitants.

If the campaign succeeds – it currently has close to 19,700 signatures – this would pave the way for a referendum on state independence in 2019. It would then be necessary for 50% of the on 55% of them are in favor of secession. But the difficulties do not end there. The measure should then face a major obstacle: the Constitution of the United States of America.

A legally impossible secession

For, as the experts point out, the latter does not provide for any secession of a State of the Union. ” The Constitution has procedures for integrating new states or subdividing existing states, but there is no procedure for the secession of a state, ” says David Carrillo, a law professor at the University of Berkeley , In an interview with USA Today . ” There is no legal basis for this. ”

The Constitution of the State of itself states that ” the State of is an inseparable part of the United States ” and that ” the Constitution of the United States is the supreme law of the country “. In addition , the Supreme Court decision in Texas v. White Treaty of 1869 , holding that no State may leave the Union except with ” a revolution or the consent of States “. A revolution being a priori excluded, remains the consent, which would be expressed through the adoption of a constitutional amendment legalizing the secession of a state.

” However, in order to amend the Constitution, a minimum of two-thirds of the votes in both chambers is required, and three-quarters of the states must ratify it,” analyzes Frédérick Douzet, a professor at the Institut français de géopolitique and specialist Of California. So already there, we are on an impossible mission “. The Constitution has been amended only seventeen times in the history of the United States and it seems unlikely that the country leaves its most important state in terms of population and gross domestic product to emancipate itself. This power of is one of the arguments of the separatists.

Sixth World Power

Worn by Sillicon Valley and Hollywood, Golden State is at the forefront of technological innovation, the film industry and entertainment. This is also where are some of the poles of research and hotels ar universities x country, like Stanford, Berkeley or Caltech. is also the leading producer of fruit and vegetables in the United States and its wine now enjoys an international reputation. By 2015, its GDP stood at $ 2.45 billion, representing 13% of that of the United States.

16 thoughts on “California secede: States Exit Effort Moves Forward (UPDATE)

  1. Why would you do this? You disagree with the election? Every election has a winner and loser. It’s part of life. Grow up and think. If California wasn’t part of the USA how many billions of dollars would you loose? An old lady doesn’t get her social security and can’t pay her rent or buy food because social security isn’t for foreign nationals it’s for Americans. Single mother with 3 kids can’t buy them food because she didn’t receive her federal assistance or federal housing help because she is no longer American. Think how many people would be truly hurt by such a stupid plan. San Diego, Los Angeles, Oakland, San Francisco. How many would suffer in those cities alone. Pull yourself together California, the world doesn’t turn around you. We can find another 50th state and close our market to the “country of California”. There has never been a bigger collection of spoiled crybabies. “I didn’t get my way so let’s just leave”. Good, go! The USA will be better without you.

    1. With a record breaking state budget deficit, getting Californians to agree to this so they could sustain their deficit spending, would end progressiveness in the state. You think taxes are high now?

    2. Exactly Tom! This kind of thing is not going to do anything for the uniting of the Country, only increase the chasam.

      This election has shown the immaturity of so much of the nation. Everytime I look at the news, I feel like I am back in Elementary School, and I am just waiting for the Principle to come out and start slamming heads together.

      If you really hate this country go.

      If you want a reality check, look at your dam up north that is under stress, Had not the US Government stepped in, you would be less a couple hundred thousand taxpayers, several hundred thousand acres of Fruit Groves, Alfalfa, Corn, Barley, Strawberry, and other fresh fruits and Vegetable Fields. Then you would have what, Oh Yea, you would have a huge national debt to who? The United States, why, because they are the only ones that would be willing to help a bunch of cry babies.

      1. Tom speaks the truth you fucking pussies let those cry baby liberals drop out of the us we don’t need them anyway! Wait till they don’t have their fed assistance watch them either starve or come crying wanting back in and then tell them to go cry to Mexico or Iran or maybe Africa might help them! This from working man who is sick and tired of working for lazy Scum who relies on our paycheck to smoke their cigarettes and drink their beer while they let their kids go without! Go fuck your self and rest your neck on a samurai go trump let’s get our country back!

  2. New California would devolve into a third world country within a few years of exit. Their great experiment in social progressiveness was only possible with the entitlements and benefits provided by the US government. It would be fun to watch every celebrity and tech guru abandon their former land of plenty because of the mayhem they could not see coming.

  3. I certainly hope that President Trump does NOT give emergency assistance to California since they’re on their way out…what is the point?

  4. I love how all the conservatives’ comments neglect that millions of legal voters in CA got their vote discounted for the second time in 16 years because of our antiquated system of representative democracy (not the fantasy massive voter fraud that some conservative made up based on outdated voter registration rolls and Mr. Trump refers to like there’s any proof whatsoever). Maybe if the GOP would stop blocking transition of the US to a direct democracy where everyone’s vote counts no matter where they live you’d see less of this sort of backlash along with other negative reaction like protesting, etc. And before you continue the grade school name-calling, think about how you’d feel if your vote was ignored twice in 2 decades.

    1. For the last 16 years? Obama was your hero. How were you ignored? The system is perfect. It makes sure that large groups like California, Texas, and New York cant dictate the course of our nation. You cry if you win and throw fits when you lose. Sorry you have to hear this but America doesn’t agree with you. You sound one of those kids who loses at a game then wants to change the rules to favor him. Grow up and you won’t be called names. Names that justifiably describes your argument. “We have a bunch of people so we should get to tell everyone what to do!!!” Our system was set up to prevent just that. Oh, and you have plenty of representation in government proportional to your states size, just like all the rest of us.

    2. How entertaining. A democrat wins, the system is great. A republican wins, the system is broken. Frankly, I think it’s broken since a third party candidate will never win, but that’s a different story.

  5. What you are witnessing is the Death throws of a Nation that has sold its sold to the highest bidder. The two party system was so easily corrupted and bought out that one of the buyers recently bragged about having sixty five percent of the State Legislatures in his pocket and now having the majority of both houses of the National Legislature. So when you talk about Democracy, Think about OLIGARCHY…
    and why any intelligent Human would try to prevent the totalitarian autocracy from becoming the next Law of the Land….

  6. C -YA cali dont forget to have open boarders so anyone can walk over your boarders and let us know how that works out for ya and who will defend your new crapstate dont look at us you get what you deserve

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