Since Tuesday night’s Presidential election, the one that witnessed the victory of GOP candidate Donald Trump over Democrat Hillary Clinton, there has been some very vocal discontented rumblings on the West Coast. Being one of the bluest of blue states, it’s not surprising that Californians would be unhappy with a Republican win. However, this time, what is surprising is that a growing number in the Golden State are calling for a solution familiar to Texans: secession.
Usually eschewed by more left-leaning folks, the idea of secession is now emerging as a viable alternative for a growing number of Californians who fear the next four years of Trump. Trending on Twitter since Tuesday night,according to Business Insider, the idea of a “Calexit” is drawing a good deal of popular support, and it’s not just the teary-eyed rank and file citizens that are clamoring for secession.
Prior to the election, Silicon Valley Assemblyman Evan Low said the following on his Facebook profile, “In the disastrous case that @realDonaldTrump is elected, I will explore intro of a bill to have CA secede from the union.#kiddingnotkidding.” Assuming that the California Assemblyman leans more to the“notkidding” of his hashtag than the “kidding,” this could represent a major step forward for the California independence movement. Having a member of the California State Government frankly discuss the legal option of leaving the Union, openly associating himself with California independence, is a recognition that the movement holds some legitimacy and popularity among California citizens.
If the Calexit movement continues to attract support from among Californians and Californian politicians, this begs the question for many of us in the Lone Star State, “Where are Texas politicians on Texas independence?”
Texas independence is an idea that’s been around a lot longer than Californian independence, and polling suggests that great percentages of Texans (over 50%of Republicans & Independents and over 30% of Democrats, per a 2014 Reuters poll) support the idea of Texans running their own country rather than having to defer to a paternalistic federal government.
Perhaps it’s time that Texas politicians stop dragging their feet and give the Texas people, this legislative session, a referendum where they can decide for themselves whether they will remain with the Union or Texit. If the Governor and the Texas Legislature continue to ignore this issue, it may be that they will pay a heavy political price should California beat us to independence.