California approves submission of referendum measure in 2018 elections to call for sovereign autonomy within the United States
On July 26, the state of California’s Attorney General approved the submission of a referendum to the 2018 ballot to allow the people of the California to vote on whether to return to a state of complete and sovereign autonomy with the Union. ¬†And while this referendum still must gather 585,000 legitimate signatures to be eligible for the ballot, the likelihood of this is high since the number of Californian’s wanting to divest themselves from the United States has grown from 20% in 2014 to now 32% just three years later.
According to the¬†Sacramento Bee,¬†California Attorney General Xavier Becerra issued an official ballot measure title and summary to the “California Autonomy From Federal Government” initiative, which can now start gathering signatures needed to include the referendum question – known informally as “Calexit” – on the ballot during the 2018 midterm elections.
The group‚Äôs proposal has been scaled back from an initially more aggressive version. The initiative wouldn’t necessarily force California to exit the country, but could allow the state to become a ‚Äúfully functioning sovereign and autonomous nation‚ÄĚ within the US, according to the¬†Los Angeles Times. ¬†
If successful, the vote would allow California Gov. Jerry Brown to¬†‚Äúform a commission to recommend avenues for California to pursue its independence and delete part of the state constitution that says it is an inseparable part of the U.S. The measure would also instruct the governor and California congressional delegation to negotiate more autonomy for the state,‚ÄĚ¬†according to the¬†Bee.¬†–¬†Zerohedge
Ironically, libertarians and Constitutionalists should be cheering this referendum, as it represents a return to the powers states originally had at the time of the founding of the country. ¬†And it was only after a number of states attempted to secede completely from the Union nearly 160 years ago that the Federal government usurped their authority following the defeat of these Confederate states, and made many parts of the Constitution null and void in how powers are divided.
Yet one cannot dismiss the intent of why California is wanting to regain their original sovereignty, as it has to do more with political ideology than with the desire to give back sovereign freedoms to their citizenry. ¬†And with that in mind, the eventual inclusion of this referendum to the state ballot, and its potential passage, could trigger severe repercussions from Washington, especially if incidents arise in regards to immigration, and their rebellion in paying taxes to the central government.
Kenneth Schortgen Jr¬†is¬†a writer for¬†The Daily Economist,¬†Secretsofthefed.com,¬†Roguemoney.net, and¬†Viral Liberty, and hosts¬†the popular¬†youtube podcast¬†on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.¬†Ken can also¬†be heard Wednesday afternoons giving an weekly economic report on the¬†Angel Clark radio show.