CALIFORNIA AND THE ELECTION PERHAPS IT'S TIME TO LEAVE THE UNION.Byline: MARIEL GARZA
ONE thing that was glaringly clear from the big light-up election maps on CNN CNN
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For Angelenos, imagine it this way: California is like a lone minivan of Crips trapped in a vast neighborhood ruled by the Bloods.
Maybe it's time It's Time was a successful political campaign run by the Australian Labor Party (ALP) under Gough Whitlam at the 1972 election in Australia. Campaigning on the perceived need for change after 23 years of conservative (Liberal Party of Australia) government, Labor put forward a to get the heck out before things get really ugly. And the San Fernando Valley San Fernando Valley
Valley, southern California, U.S. Northwest of central Los Angeles, the valley is bounded by the San Gabriel, Santa Susana, and Santa Monica mountains and the Simi Hills. could help.
It was just two years ago that years of frustration with the city of Los Angeles
This peaceful secession attempt failed, but the sentiments behind the effort are similar to what many in California are feeling now. Between bouts of hair-tearing and keening wails of ``Why?,'' many in California's Democratic majority are thinking a similar thought: America, let my people go.
California is to the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. what the Valley is to Los Angeles. It's huge in size and population, it's ethnically diverse, has great food and sends lots and lots of money to the government headquarters far, far away. But when it comes to getting a commensurate amount back in services, forget it. And they have the nerve to make fun of us!
This kind of disrespect from ``over-the-hill,'' coupled with the desire to have local control, drove the Valley's secession movement to an election two years ago. And while it didn't pass, the cityhood backers could probably teach the rest of the state about how to initiate a breakaway campaign.
It's time to go our own way. With the sixth-largest economy in the world and a population larger than most countries, we have the means to do it. And we should take Oregon and Washington with us. We could call it Caliwashegon.
Now before you literal-minded readers rush out and write a nasty note to me about how the Constitution doesn't allow for states to divorce from the union and form their own nation blah-blah-blah, let me first say, of course I know that. I even checked with a legal expert who confirmed to me that there isn't any mechanism in place to allow for it.
That doesn't mean it couldn't happen.
``Theoretically, it's possible,'' said Erwin Chemerinsky Erwin Chemerinsky (born 1953) is a well-known professor of Constitutional law and federal civil procedure, has recently accepted a position at the University of California, Irvine, in the new Donald Bren School of Law, beginning in 2009. , a constitutional law professor at Duke University who formerly taught at the University of Southern California The U.S. News & World Report ranked USC 27th among all universities in the United States in its 2008 ranking of "America's Best Colleges", also designating it as one of the "most selective universities" for admitting 8,634 of the almost 34,000 who applied for freshman admission . ``Realistically, it won't happen.''
But just for the sake of giving into the hypothetical, here's how it could go: First, California leaders would have to get a mandate from residents to declare the state a republic. Neighboring states would, I guess, do the same. We would need lots and lots of money. Hey, Darrell Issa, time to break out your checkbook again. This is your chance to be secretary of state.
Once the residents are in accord, our leaders, headed presumably pre·sum·a·ble
That can be presumed or taken for granted; reasonable as a supposition: presumable causes of the disaster. by President Arnold Schwarzenegger, inform Washington, D.C., that, um, sorry, we won't be participating in your little republic anymore.
Here's the tricky part. If no one else in the rest of the country objects - if Texas, Iowa, New York New York, state, United States
New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of and all the others are glad to be free of the Left Coast wackos, good riddance - then we are home free. If not, it's time for Civil War II.
That's the simple version, but I think it could work. The rest of the country doesn't like us that much, anyhow. They just tolerate us and our crazy antics because we send them so many billions in taxes and other revenue, because this is where all the movie stars live and because the we grow the country's best wine. Plus, we cannot discount the Microsoft factor if the state of Washington comes aboard. It would be a way to legally kick Bill Gates out of the country.
And for all of the non-Democrats who think this sounds like some type of godless god·less
1. Recognizing or worshiping no god.
2. Wicked, impious, or immoral.
godless·ly adv. liberal, trial-lawyer-worshipping, union-loving, business-hating free-for-all zone that would somehow be run by Mexico, don't worry. The Valley's secession movement wasn't partisan, and neither would this movement be. California may be blue on the national level, but we also kicked out a sitting Democratic governor and replaced him with a movie star Republican who is, for the most part, beloved across party lines. On Tuesday, we might have endorsed a tax on millionaires, but we also voted down an attempt to soften our tough-as-nails ``three strikes, you're out'' law.
California can't be categorized as blue or red or even green. We're more of a Jackson Pollock color-splatter print. We are unique, and it's time we were appreciated for it, not used as the butt of the nation's jokes.
Maybe I'm not the only one who's had this thought. Consider, for example, the insidious sedition sedition (sĭdĭ`shən), in law, acts or words tending to upset the authority of a government. The scope of the offense was broad in early common law, which even permitted prosecution for a remark insulting to the king. of Proposition 71. This may have appeared as a mild-mannered bond to fund stem-cell research, or even a referendum on a type of research that many find distasteful. Ha-ha! That is exactly what ``they'' want you to believe. The real significance of Prop. 71 is that it subverts the federal government at a very fundamental level.
How? Traditionally, this type of research is financially supported by the federal government, not states. It's not what states were set up to do. But the well has dried up since conservatives in charge of the federal government don't want to spend money on it. Enter the initiative to just go around the feds altogether. What's next? A new speed limit?
Laugh if you will, but just remember when the new Caliwashegon flags start flying, you heard it here first.