A movement is gaining steam in non-coastal counties of California to break away from the ultra-liberal strip that’s dominating (some say ruining) the Golden State and form a 51st state called New California. Hard to say at this point whether it has any future or is just a pipe dream, but it will be very interesting to see how state officials react. They’ve made it abundantly clear in the past year that they have adopted the attitude of the Confederate states: if they don’t like what the federal government is doing, they have a right to ignore and defy federal law (again like the Confederacy, to protect their right to keep importing and exploiting cheap minority labor from other nations), to act as if they were independent of the US, and even to secede from the union.
So if the people in more than half the state’s land mass announce that they strongly disagree with what Sacramento is doing and therefore have the right to secede and live under their own rules, exactly what principles will Gov. Jerry Brown cite to prevent them from doing that? Grab some popcorn, this should be good.