After the election of Donald Trump a group of California residents have formed an organization to support California secession from the US. The group, known as is YesCalifornia.org, is comparing their movement to Brexit, calling it #Calexit. From their website:
“As the sixth largest economy in the world, California is more economically powerful than France and has a population larger than Poland. Point by point, California compares and competes with countries, not just the 49 other states.”
“It is about California taking its place in the world, standing as an equal among nations,” the site continues. “We believe in two fundamental truths: (1) California exerts a positive influence on the rest of the world, and (2) California could do more good as an independent country than it is able to do as a just a U.S. state.”
California will vote to leave the union in the Spring of 2019. Even if they vote to secede it may not be possible. The Supreme Court ruled in 1869 that states can only secede if the other states agree or there’s a revolution. No doubt some states would agree to let California go.
In Oregon lawyer Jennifer Rollins and writer Christian Trejbal have filed the Oregon Secession Act. Treijbal said,
“Oregonian values are no longer the values held by the rest of the United States,” Trejbal said over the phone Thursday.
“Life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness,” Trejbal said, “plus equality.”
Isn’t that what the US is all about? Aren’t those the values of the country?
For the Oregon Secession Act to succeed it first needs a thousand signatures. The authors are also entertaining the idea of inviting other states to their Constitution Convention, perhaps Washington, California, and Nevada.
More on Oregon’s secession movement here.