Before the election several Hollywood celebrities went public with their warnings that they would leave the country if Donald Trump won the election.
There was never much doubt that these egocentric statements were anything other than virtue signaling to their supposed fans showing just how very “right on” these celebrities were.
Few ever dreamt that Trump would actually win. Of course, talk is cheap, and now that the election is over we find that surprise, surprise, our dear celebrities are not deserting their nation after all.
But there is something happening that might help them out of this awkward situation. What if instead of leaving Hollywood for Canada, another nation came to them?
Enter the growing Calexit movement in the form of Yes California. Spearheaded by political activist Louis Marinelli, a movement is gaining momentum that seeks for California to become a sovereign republic. Protests began last week in Hollywood.
We now have Silicon Valley venture capitalist Shervin Pishevar saying he will bankroll the whole thing to help gather enough signatures for a ballot initiative in 2018, and a referendum in 2019.
Nicki Minaj follows Yes California on Twitter while other supporters reportedly backing the movement are film director Paul Schrader and Hollywood blogger Nikki Finke.
— Nikki Finke (@NikkiFinke) November 12, 2016
As a Californian who still lives in Los Angeles, I can tell you Calexit is both misguided and highly implausible.
California is more powerful economically than France, has 11.6 percent of the U.S. population, and is the sixth largest economy in the world. But even with that, leaving the United States would be tricky. It would require two-thirds approval from the U.S. House and Senate, as well as the backing of least 38 state legislatures.
Some conservatives previously contemplated their own secession movements after President Barack Obama was elected in 2008 and 2012. Texas, for example, has often threatened to leave the union during the Obama administration.
But this is different from “Texit”. This is more “noble” as Trump is “the racist, homophobic, misogynist, xenophobe” and is “not their President. ” The believers and followers of this movement would be the beacon of hope for progressives worldwide, right?
Well if the Calexit supporters really want to follow their bid for secession to its logical conclusion then they should double down on Hillary Clinton’s globalist platform: the southern border with Mexico should be opened up completely to unlimited Central and Southern American immigration in keeping with the open borders policy that Hillary privately told the banks she favored.
California will no longer have to be content with a couple of dozen sanctuary cities including Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Jose. Now the whole state could fly the sanctuary flag. Undocumented aliens in the rest of the USA (a number totaling anything from 11 to 15 million ) would have a destination to head to where they would be welcomed with open arms.
I’m sure also that Silicon Valley liberals like Shervin Pishevar will happily increase the tax burden they bear in order to provide the infrastructure California will need to deal with an influx of several million more inhabitants. Plus since Hillary was also desperate to allow in tens of thousands of Syrian refugees, California would be their personal safe haven.
Come one, come all? But what happens when the money runs out? California is already strapped for cash. Even if California will no longer subsidize other states, will they really have that much money to care for so many? While it’s true California is rich in agriculture, what they are very poor in the last number of years, and will be for the foreseeable future, is water.
Right now they take from the Colorado river and other states as well like Oregon and they don’t have the the additional necessary desalinization plants built to deal with the demand even without the influx of the millions they dream of taking in.
Then you have the issue of all those government pensions. If they’ve seceded, what will California do when those pensions hit the wall? “Sorry…. You’ll just have to keep working till you drop. We can’t go back to Washington now to get more money.”
Then there are your standard natural disasters– earthquakes. What if the “big one” hits? And tsunamis? And with that you have the nuclear facilities too. Morro Bay and San Onofre to name two. What if a tsunami destroys the reactors as with Fukushima?
— #CalExit NaphiSoc (@NaphiSoc) November 13, 2016
Will California be able to deal with that without federal assistance? When you add in all those variables, California will come up short.
It’s also strange that the very people that wish to leave the Union tend to be pro-union. Ah… but only if it’s a “right-on” progressive union like SAG-AFTRA for instance.
Only if the people think like them and want a world just like them. The nation of California: the new progressive utopia. Or not.
The final ironic conclusion given all the practical realities that Calexit would entail? We actually are “Stronger Together” as Hilary liked to say.