Is Calexit a stupid idea?

The next break up could be California and the US

New York Times

Opinion | It's O.K., California. Breaking Up Isn't Hard to Do.

Since California achieved statehood in 1850, residents have floated dozens of plans to break it up. A proposed 2016 measure to carve it into six states, which did not make it onto the ballot, was initiated by a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, Tim Draper, who also is behind the effort that Mr. Banks and Mr. Farage recommended.

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Calexit: the next global divorce?

The United States may not live up to its name with one state looking to divide from the union.

With an economy more powerful than France and a population larger than Poland, California could separate from the 49 other states of America if secession campaigners have their way.

Campaigners are arguing that being a US state is not serving California's best interests - and as the sixth largest economy in the world, they are better off as an independent country.

Since 1849, there have been more than 200 efforts to "split apart, pull away or otherwise reimagine the vast empire known as California", according to the Los Angeles Times. Not one has succeeded.

Although the majority of Californians disapprove of President Donald Trump, they do not support Calexit. Overall 68 per cent of voters would not support a ballot, although over half believe that Mr Trump's proposed federal laws and policies will have a negative effect on citizens living in the state, the Newsweek reports.

However, with one in three Californians supporting a possible secession from the United States, support for Calexit has increased by 12 per cent since 2014. The other 49 states want to keep California in the US, with 88 per cent of Americans disagreeing with the separation.

Calexit supporters have until July 25 to collect nearly 600,000 signatures to place an independence ballot before voters in November 2018, when the state decides its next governor. They were given the go-ahead by the California Secretary of State at the end of January. With three months to go, they have yet to reach a quarter of that number.

The Yes California campaign has over 8,000 volunteers to try to obtain signatures. The odds are against them, according to LA Weekly, with the campaign receiving no financial backing. While it typically takes $2 million to $3 million for a professional signature taking operation to be successful, they are yet to receive a single cent.

Other Calexit campaigns have managed to attract donations. Leave campaigners during the EU referendum have turned their attention to splitting California into two states. Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage and Leave backer Arron Backs have been fundraising in the States, helping the campaign raise $1 million, the Daily Mail reports. The pair have been recruited to split the eastern, more rural side of California against the western so-called 'coastal elite' liberals in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

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Calexit is a terrible idea

The whole idea of Calexit is, at best, absurd. There are an abundant amount of problems with secession, and it would negatively affect Californian ASU students.

Despite this, a fair amount of Californians say they like the idea of having a referendum on whether or not California should split from the U.S. to become its own country.

A major reason that many involved with the Yes California Campaign (more commonly known as Calexit), which promotes secession, is that President Donald Trump won the 2016 election without the popular vote.

The results of the 2016 election naturally angered a large portion of California, a mostly liberal state that overwhelmingly disapproves of Donald Trump. They may believe that breaking away from the U.S. would be a huge victory for the Left. This, however, would be a disaster for Democrats.

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