There’s a new effort to split California into more than one state, but this time, a Declaration of Independence has been drafted. That’s right — rural California (aka Not The Coast) wants to declare independence from high tax-voting, sexual harassy, far left California. And not just geographically far left.
CBS reports that New California is doing things properly — not with petitions and Facebook campaigns, but via Article 4, Section 3 of the United States Constitution. New California movement founder Tom Reed said, “We have to demonstrate that we can govern ourselves before we are allowed to govern.”
Do not confuse this with CalExit, which wants to leave the Union and disassociate itself from Flyover Country. From New California’s statement, made yesterday:
“With faith, diligence, and our sacred honor, we do hereby declare our Unity with Natural Law and the United States of America’s Constitution.”
But why do they want to declare independence from California? Another founder, Robert Paul Preston, said:
“Well, it’s been ungovernable for a long time. High taxes, education, you name it, and we’re rated around 48th or 50th from a business climate and standpoint in California.”
If you live in the Golden Globes State, or have even just driven through it, you know that California presents itself like three states. The Northern California coast would be perceived by visitors from outer space as Prohibitively Expensive Dwellings for Hippies, Southern California as Outrageously Priced Dangerlands for Insecure Persons of Wildly Varying Incomes, and anything 50 miles inland as Farms and Desert and Waitresses Named Dottie.
One can easily imagine why people who work steadily on the land to feed the coastal “locally sourced” crowd might not want to be subjected to their ideas about gasoline taxes, to say nothing of high speed rail barreling through their orchards.
The New Californians anticipate being ready to participate in the state legislature seriously in about ten to eighteen months. Until then, California coasters may want to think carefully about the bureaucratic and financial demands they place on the people who grow their arugula and quinoa.