Soon There Could Be Only 49 States In America

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Activists in California have just taken an integral step that could leave America with only 49 states in the near future. Yes California, a pro-secession organization, received approval Thursday to begin collecting signatures from residents to put “Calexit” on the ballot for a 2019 special election.


Yes California has been working toward secession for some time, but with President Donald Trump’s election last year, their efforts gained momentum as frustrated residents questioned their willingness to bow down to a president they don’t support. According to a poll conducted by Reuters/Ipsos this month, nearly one in three supports secession — a sharp uptick from a similar survey conducted in 2014. With secession becoming a viable alternative, it’s possible that support may continue to grow.

The organization submitted their ballot proposal to California’s state government in November, and on Thursday, California Secretary of State Alex Padilla gave them the green light to begin collecting signatures. They need 585,407 people to sign their petition by July 25. If they succeed, the referendum will make it onto the 2018 ballot. If it passes, the state will hold a special election the following year. The Sacramento Bee reports:

The proposed measure would strike language from the California Constitution defining the state as ‘an inseparable part of the United States of America, and the United States Constitution is the supreme law of the land.’ If it passed, there would be a statewide special election in March 2019 to ask voters if they want California to become an independent country.”

Many Americans often joke about California leaving the union, highlighting how wildly different residents of the Golden State are from those of America’s heartland. Indeed, Yes California appears to agree.

America already hates California, and America votes on emotions,” Marcus Ruiz Evans, one of the group’s founders, told the Los Angeles Times. “I think we’d have the votes today if we held it.”

In a recent post on their website announcing their progress, they wrote:

“In our view, the United States of America represents so many things that conflict with Californian values, and our continued statehood means California will continue subsidizing the other states to our own detriment, and to the detriment of our children.

It’s understandable why secession has become a proposed solution considering California has long struggled with many systemic problems. As Yes California points out:

Although charity is part of our culture, when you consider that California’s infrastructure is falling apart, our public schools are ranked among the worst in the entire country, we have the highest number of homeless persons living without shelter and other basic necessities, poverty rates remain high, income inequality continues to expand, and we must often borrow money from the future to provide services for today, now is not the time for charity.

Though Yes California points out practical reasons for secession, they also argue the underlying justification for their movement from a philosophical standpoint:

However, this independence referendum is about more than California subsidizing other states of this country,” they write. “It is about the right to self-determination and the concept of voluntary association, both of which are supported by constitutional and international law.


It is about California taking its place in the world, standing as an equal among nations. 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 just a U.S. state.”

California has the sixth largest economy in the world, bolstered by the film industry, Silicon Valley, agriculture, and the state’s biggest cash crop — cannabis — which voters legalized in November.

While the practical and philosophical reasons for secession are compelling, it’s doubtful many residents are looking beyond President Donald Trump. California leans heavily to the left, and Democrats hold a supermajority in both houses of the state legislature. California was largely responsible for Hillary Clinton’s popular vote victory.

Further, though Yes California stresses the importance of voluntary association, it’s doubtful an independent California government would ask taxpayers what programs they’d like to fund. Ultimately, though California as a country would certainly be beneficial for decentralization and localization efforts, it would operate as a government and, as such, force Californians to participate.

Nevertheless, the movement reflects undeniable divisions within the United States, especially in the era of Donald Trump. Other states are also eyeing secession, including Texas, Washington, and Oregon.

As Anti-Media observed shortly after the election:

People are rioting and protesting over Trump’s win throughout California but celebrating in Alabama, and against the backdrop of an ever-encroaching federal government, it appears these differences are growing difficult to reconcile.”

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Haus-Targaryen's picture

Please dear God let this happen.

Would be hilarious if there was a vote in California and everyone voted for it, because, why not?


peddling-fiction's picture

Carey Wedler is a seditious bitch.

BabaLooey's picture

Lots of bluster - not enough muster.

This is where their "motor-voter" illegal cabal of "Press 2's" DON'T show up and vote for this.

The Mexillegals need their FEDERAL government cheeeeeeeeeese. 

Governor FartPak and the clowns in Excremento need a big fat dose of reality.

Too bad they're probably all hanging out in Humboldt county, sampling the local cash crop.

InjectTheVenom's picture


>>>>  Cali should stay  OR

>>>>  Cali should GTFO

TahoeBilly2012's picture

5th Generation Northern Californian here. This can happen ONLY if State of Jefferson stays in the US, which is Northern Counties, North Central Valley, Sierra Nevada and North Coast.  

I say build the wall from SF, across north of Stockton then hook down the rap around Fresno, that's 2 our of 3 shit holes we can say good bye to. SF, we would like to keep but the Liberals from god knows where and the Silicon Valley has taken over, so fuck it.

robertsgt40's picture

Great idea.  I just request after California leaves, their citizens will need a visa to enter the US. Maybe another wall eh?

JungleCat's picture

Why is it OK for California to seceded, but it wasn't OK for South Carolina to secede?

When you are morally superior, the law be damned.

knukles's picture

Democratic party outside CA will never allow it as the number of electoral and individual votes disappears so that they'd never ever again hold the congress or administration.
Ain't gonna happen
Plus, majority of CA is against secession.  About 70% say no.
This at this juncture is staging and political capital feel goodies

And YES  Honest to God, CA Progressives view themselves as Royalty, making One Major Error.
They think that the rest of America thinks like the people of the CA coast.
But that's what they believe.

Horrible self centerdness

OfAllElaboratePlans's picture
OfAllElaboratePlans (not verified) knukles Jan 28, 2017 1:02 PM

2 less jews in the US Senate


Manthong's picture

Fake effort, Fake News

Without a Convention of the States, it cannot happen peacefully.

But if it comes to Civil War 2.0, there are enough troops and aircraft there already to rid us of all the fruits and nuts as well as the illegals.


edotabin's picture

I've been there many times and even did a bit of business there. Very pretty place. I'll be dead set against California leaving but the peeps are so whacky that everything else is overridden and superceded. In their standard tradition, they took a great place and turned into a shithole. Bye!

Besides, the fault lines may ultimately determine the future of that state.

MANvsMACHINE's picture

Trump is going to have to build a long fucking wall.

Majestic12's picture

"California has the sixth largest economy in the world"

So you midwest bastions of genius won't be subsidized "5:1" by Cal tax payers anymore.

You'll actually have to "work", or collect only 20% of your dole.

Not that you would need to worry about higher computer costs (including 6-finger keyboards), and clean "non-franken" foods...

Well, Franken Corn-eating Zombies, don't fret. Odds are it ain't gonna happen 'cause there is already one loser "Dixie" flag.

poeg's picture

Yeah the "6th largest economy" thing relies on being part of America with headquarters in California. As a seperate country, how many businesses are going to replocate to do business within America? ALL OF THEM.

Koba the Dread's picture

And if California sinks into the ocean, as the mystics and statistics say it will, the part that sinks--the new Atlantis--is where all the granolas live. Granolas! Granolas, you know! Granola is flakes, fruits and nuts.

waspwench's picture

I have often wondered, maybe if we all just stood on the major fault lines and simultaneously pushed very, very, very hard. Oh well, it's nice to dream.....

MalteseFalcon's picture

I don't care if California does subsidize other states.

In 1861, the South subsidized the North.

Thru exports the South earned the nation's "hard currency".

That didn't stop the Union army.

California is American land and it's going nowhere.

I didn't give my son the name "Grant" for no good reason.

I would be reluctant to shoot my fellow Americans, but these are Californians we're talking about.

Koba the Dread's picture

Perha[s even put a bounty on Californians!

MalteseFalcon's picture

And land confiscation and war crimes tribunals.

Majestic12's picture

"California has the sixth largest economy in the world"

So you midwest bastions of genius won't be subsidized "5:1" by Cal tax payers anymore.

You'll actually have to "work", or collect only 20% of your dole.

Not that you would need to worry about higher computer costs (including 6-finger keyboards), and clean "non-franken" foods...

Well, Franken Corn-eating Zombies, don't fret. Odds are it ain't gonna happen 'cause there is already one loser "Dixie" flag.

SilverRhino's picture

All it takes is a joint session of Congress and the agreement of CA state and federal legislatures.   Creation of a state implies that they can be destroyed as a state. 

Reversion to a US territory and then ejection from the Union.  

We've released territories to go their own separate ways. 


NihilistZerO___'s picture

These precious snowflakes seem to forget that Edwards AFB and Camp Pendelton belong to the Federal Government.  I'm BEGGING the lefties to try and secede!  That means Martial law for the secessionists and The Marines destroying any National Guardsmen stupid enough to side with the Leftists!

Sounds like a great movie and I'd have a front row seat!

Great Deceivah's picture

millions of libtard jews and "celebrities" that will leave the US = Paradise!!

El Oregonian's picture

Yep, it'll never happen... But boy, it sure is another great opportunity to financially shear the lefty sheep for "donations" one more time

shamus001's picture

That would mean that Democrats would have to have an ACTUAL plan to get votes, not just give out free shit to immigrants, and chant for xeno-genders!  Democrats would actually have to embrace "American Core Values" once all of their odd-ball voters were locked away in the prison state/country that will become California.


What a GLORIOUS DAY that will be!

turnoffthewater's picture

The right put up with a sorry ass lying lazy for a POTUS for 8 grueling years.
Fuck'em keep'em, Trump reeducation in progress. Check your twitter account for updates.

DownWithYogaPants's picture

Same reason why lefties don't have to follow the law if they don't like it but you be raaaaacis an shit if you don't like a law.

Stuck on Zero's picture

California leaving ... non!

Hollwood leaving ... yes.

Majestic12's picture

"California has the sixth largest economy in the world"

So you midwest bastions of genius won't be subsidized "5:1" by Cal tax payers anymore.

You'll actually have to "work", or collect only 20% of your dole.

Not that you would need to worry about higher computer costs (including 6-finger keyboards), and clean "non-franken" foods...

Well, Franken Corn-eating Zombies, don't fret. Odds are it ain't gonna happen 'cause there is already one loser "Dixie" flag.

TeamDepends's picture

Chairman Moonbeam: And now a few words from Princess Pelosi.
Princess Pelosi: Well, we had to secede to find out what's in secession. And it is a mixed, diverse bag! But our founding premise remains- from each according to their ability into our coffers, where we dispense it according to your needs, comrade!

BabaLooey's picture

Start referring to Brown as Governor FartPak T.D.- it's his new "meme".

divingengineer's picture

Few Questions: 1. What will they use for money? Not USD.
2. They will issue debt? What is thei debt to GDP at now?
3. Who will pay the welfare checks?
4. What if the other 49 states declare war on them?
I don't think the burnout hippies have thought this through.

Muse minus Time's picture

Go ask Arnie, former Californicating gob....who just made some kind of deal with pedo-pope per 1.25.17

HenryHall's picture

1. They will issue their own banknotes.

2. Their debt will be zero, but so will their share of Federal assets. The military will move their toys out but the Feds will still own the land of the bases and the Federal courts and other Federal buildings. If the Californians want to use those assets they will have to pay rent.

3. Any US citizen who wants welfare checks will have to relocate out of California.

4. If the US declares war on California then California will go to war. You don't get a choice if another country declares war on you.

WorkingPoor's picture

You are assuming a felicitous separation.

If Cali secedes, all the former Fed property will be confiscated, bet on that. Then, too, though, they'll lose a lot of electrical power, and damn sure the water they've been getting from Hoover Dam is gonna be shut off. One helluva fast way to refill Lake Mead. 


HenryHall's picture

They won't confiscate the Fed property precisely because there would be reprisals.

As to the water from the Hoover Dam, California will have to pay for it. At a price and quantity that makes both countries better off as compared with "no deal".

As to the military hardware, California would have to negotiate the purchase of some of it. And take on debt to raise the money to pay.

IntTheLight's picture

Their Universities receive a lot of federal aid. And I think Silicon Valkey gets government grants.

China buying up Hollywood so they will de facto own our entertainment industry. Inland all Mexican now and I think it was Hanson who wrote a book detailing how dirty and impoverished a lot of those areas are.

In order to accommodate all the foreign immigrants moving to California, a lot of beautiful land was paved over.

Let them go. China and Mexico will each do land grabs. And there aren't any men left in California who will fight them. And the Mexican residents surely won't fight their own people, nor will the Chinese residents.

I don't care. California has deliberately ethnically cleansed the white population anyways. There is no common culture. Hollywood is a fifth column as is Silicon Valley and Silicon Valley no longer resembles the town that midwestern Wasps built.

divingengineer's picture

California already has a ton of debt. About $443 Billion with pensions.
They would start with at least that much and probably more. GDP was about $2.46 Trillion last year, but no interstate trade would change that.

Don't know, I think they are talking out their ass.

Xena fobe's picture

I don't think hippes are the proponents.  They are too busy smoking mj.

WorkingPoor's picture

1. E-money. the Holy grail of totalitarians err democrats


2. Unknown. It has to be fairly lopsided though.


3. Kidding, right? they'll be long gone and trying to re-infest in the new, un-calinforina-ed US.


4. Then it will be a very short war,


The Six Californias Initiative that was popped up some time ago died from lack of coherent signatures and money.... officially. Two of the states that "six" would have formed were going to be less than fully doctrinaire liberal like the rest, and therefore "six' was sabotaged.

A secession of the entire state will precipitate a war in-house.... The northern counties have had enough of being dragged through the muck by the southern ones. "Jefferson" will do a West Virginia... secede from seceders, and there will be an inter-california war.

When all the dust settles, Jefferson will fill the hole of 50 states as what's left of California will try to carry on as before, but with much of their glitter  and glitterati gone, much of their wealth and population as well.  No worries about a glow in the dark situation, as no fit boomer commander would stay in port, and everything flyable would be in Nellis or McChord before you could say "incompetent" . (Wonder if an Ohio-class sub would fit thru Panama?)




poeg's picture

The rub Quebecios ran into in Canada with their seperation plans, they stood to lose everything they were relying on to carry their new country because it required the full benfits afforded by being part of the old country.

in4mayshun's picture

I'm in the Sierra Nevada foothills and would love for the State of Jefferson to succeed, but realistically it will never happen just as Ca will never leave the union. California would collapse without Federal subsidies for all the welfare moms and illegal. I love trolling the Bay Area snowflakes though-it's fun to wear my "Friends Don't Let Friends Vote Democrat" shirt when I'm in the Bay.

ctiger2's picture

It's already guaranteed Calif will leave. Pack your bags...

Xena fobe's picture

Yes.  I am surprised it took so long. 

Xena fobe's picture

Yes.  I am surprised it took so long. 

Xena fobe's picture

Yes.  I am surprised it took so long. 

BabaLooey's picture


Gerrymander it akin to John "Bridge Walking" Lewis' district.

Certain counties in California ARE conservative, and have had to suffer the fools in Excremento for far too long.

Let those counties stay.

The rest of them, like Los Angeles country for real - get - the fuck out.

Like Bugs Bunny did to Florida here;

Bugs could saw Cali into the drink.