California to Leave the Union Following Trump Election?

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Thanks to very serious, very sober warnings from the New York Times and President Obama, you’ve probably got your eyes peeled for that dreaded “fake news” scourge that swayed the election in favor of Donald Trump. So if you’re looking at this headline with skepticism, we can’t blame you.

California is going to secede from the United States? No way. From now on, I don’t believe anything unless I hear it from Dan Rather!

Oh. I meant Brian Williams.

Well, the point still stands!

But as improbable as it may sound, this is actually legit. You can read it in any of your favorite mainstream news outlets, including the Los Angeles Times. A group called Yes California Independence Campaign is capitalizing on the results of the presidential election to drum up renewed interest in a plan to pull the state out of the union. On Monday, the group submitted a ballot measure to the state attorney general’s office, hoping to secure a vote for the 2018 gubernatorial election.

According to Marcus Ruiz Evans, the co-founder of the group, Trump’s shocking victory sped up plans to secede.

“We’re doing it now because of all of the overwhelming attention,” Evans told the L.A. Times.

From the article:

The Yes California group has been around for more than two years, Evans said. It is based around California taxpayers paying more money to the federal government than the state receives in spending, that Californians are culturally different from the rest of the country, and that national media and organizations routinely criticize Californians for being out of step with the rest of the U.S.

When exactly have you ever heard “national media” criticize Californians for being out of sync with the rest of the country?

To be fair, though, if they have that perception, maybe it just goes to show you how “culturally different” Californians really are.

The ballot measure is just the first step in what is likely to be an unsuccessful effort, regardless of how much support the group gets. If the first vote goes through, California will strike the following clause from their state constitution: “The State of California is an inseparable part of the United States of America, and the United States Constitution is the supreme law of the land.”

But even then, California would be prohibited by federal law from seceding from the U.S. Short of a constitutional amendment, which would require ratification from the rest of the country, “Calexit” is doomed to fail.

Then again, if they really want to go…