We all remember the sinister line (among many other sinister lines) in the Eagles’ “Hotel California”: “You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave.”
Californians may be ready to leave. I don’t just mean by migrating to sane states. Like some New Yorkers regarding their own state, they are ready to break up California.
According to Noah Rothman at Mediaite,
The state of California, vast and heavily populated as it is, is unwieldy, ungovernable, financially unsustainable, and can no longer exist as it is presently constituted. It needs to be broken apart.
This is the basis of a proposal to split up the state of California into six separate states. While failed intrastate secessionist movements are nothing new, this proposal might be something different. California Secretary of State Debra Bowen has given supporters of this proposal the green light to go about collecting signatures with the aim of putting the proposal to voters as a ballot initiative.
The proposal, put forward by venture capitalist Tim Draper, would break California up into a series of smaller states.
The new states would be, Jefferson (in the North), North California (just south of Jefferson), Silicon Valley (on the coast), West California (just south of Silicon Valley), Central California (east of both Silicon Valley), and South California.
It sounds like a great idea to me. I first thought of the injustice of the size and dimensions of our states while living in Washington State. Why should a bunch of rural farmers be ruled by the cities of the I-95 corridor to the West? They have entirely different lives, including even weather and terrain. Portland ruling over all the rural conservatives in Oregon is even less just. Driving the length of the state through Eastern California I was struck by how much nothing looked like the California I saw on TV or the movies or heard about in the news. But the virtue of “democracy” and state shape dictates that a few cities rule over many square miles of country. Frankly, I think that the residents of the Texan panhandle must feel the same way.
Of course, given the size of the Electoral College, I have my doubts that the nation’s liberals are going to want to allow California to divide.