Get to know #Calexit
A secession movement is underway, and this time, it’s occurring in the state of California, which ranks 3rd in terms of land mass, and ranks number 1 as the nation’s most populous state with 38.8 million residents — 1/8th of the US population. Dubbed “Calexit,” the movement began gaining momentum on social media after the recent presidential election spurred discontent in the traditionally blue state.
The Yes California Independence Campaign offers voters the opportunity for a historic vote for independence in a special election to be held in the Spring of 2019, providing a citizen’s initiative passes on the 2018 state ballot. As the world’s sixth largest economy, California holds more economic power than the nation of France, and has a larger population than the nation of Poland. The California economy may be more at home on a global scale than comparing it to the other 49 states. The Yes California Independence Campaign stresses that California’s values may simply no longer align with those of the nation as a whole, and further, it may no longer be in the interest of current and future generations of Californians economic interests to continue to subsidize the rest of the US.
The campaign points to issues such as California’s crumbling infrastructure, large homeless population, high poverty rates, and excessive income inequality as reasons why California may need to focus inward as an independent nation. The referendum maintains that constitutional and international law affords the right to self-determination and the concept of voluntary association. It further indicates that California is uniquely positioned to be a positive influence on the rest of world, and could do more good in the world as an independent country than as a US state. Calexit offers Californians the unique opportunity to join and contribute to the international community. The Yes California Independence Campaign makes the case for independence by arguing that as an independent nation, California could enjoy greater security, lower taxes, gain the right to make international trade agreements, have a government more representative of the will of California voters, determine their own immigration policies, control their natural resources, negotiate climate treaties and support global sustainability measures, fund healthcare initiatives for its citizens, and rebuild schools and modernize education with their own independent policies.