RR has posted on the national movements to break bigger states into smaller ones as part of the impetus to achieve some form of America’s Great Divide (here). These movements are birthed by the realization by large cohorts of conservatives in the several states that they are no longer represented in their states’ legislatures, and the movements are fueled by the growing irreconcilable polarization of America’s Right and Left socio-political ideologies. For some time now the distance has grown so large that no one can any longer suggest a plausible middle ground acceptable to sufficient numbers in both camps.
Two distinct yet related movements are stirring in California in which many of its mostly rural counties, located in the north and in the Sierra, have formed citizens groups to explore the feasibility and form of such a break-up. The bigger and older movement – Six Californias - was founded by venture capitalist Tim Draper in 2013, and has gathered enough signatures for an initiative to be placed on the 2016 ballot. The passed initiative will launch a process that then must successfully proceed through California’s legislature and then through Congress.
The other is the State of Jefferson (SoJ) movement that intends for a group of northern California counties to secede from the state and become a new state. A number of northern counties have passed resolutions of support for SoJ, and more are in the offing. SoJ is spearheaded by Mark Baird and others of the Jefferson Declaration. Mark Baird will be one of the featured speakers at this Saturday’s SoJ townhall gathering in Nevada County's Western Gateway Park.
I invite everyone who is interested in knowing more about the motivation for and means of achieving a viable State of Jefferson to bring their lawn chairs to the park this Saturday afternoon. You don’t have to have made up your mind about SoJ or any of the national partition movements, just come and find out what all the fuss is about so you can speak a bit more knowledgeably when you talk to your friends and neighbors.
[update] In today’s (30jul14) Union we have ‘State splitters secede from reality’ by local resident Jerry Henderson. From his article it is a safe bet that the man is of liberal leanings by just looking at how he reasons. His message is summarized - People who have no voice in their state legislatures should not seek to constitutionally separate from their current states because that is a complicated process unlikely to succeed, because the majority party will oppose such moves in order to maintain its ideological monopoly. Instead, such discontents should just “play by the rules” and “do something positive that will make (their) community and region a better place to live.”
So there you have it. IMHO, if for nothing else, a split is warranted to just be out from under the electoral thumb of thinkers like Mr Henderson; my scrap lumber pile reasons better. But the question that all such pooh-poohers should answer is, ‘How real is it to expect an aggrieved minority to remain compliant indefinitely, people who have been repressed for years by a government blind and deaf, nay, inimical to their just needs (liberty, security, property)?’
The reply of the majority Hendersons to the minority conservatives is to hunker down, accept the current order of things, and do your best. It was the same perpetual advice that King George III gave the colonists.