Dividing California into Six States May Not be a Good Idea
A call to divide California into six states is getting a lot of attention. “Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper claims ‘political representation of California’s diverse population and economies has rendered the state nearly ungovernable.’”
The office of California’s Secretary of State gave the go head to collect petition signatures.
“At least 807,615 voters — representing eight percent of the total ballots cast for governor in the 2010 election — will need to sign the petition by July 18 to make it on to the ballot.
“The proposal aims to split the state — America’s most populous with around 38 million inhabitants — into ‘six smaller state governments, while preserving the historical boundaries of the various counties, cities and towns.’”
Let’s suppose the six-state moment gets the needed signatures and it gets on the ballot and a majority of people actually vote to divide the state. First, there’s no guarantee that the vote will count.
Remember what happened when a majority of voters passed a law prohibiting same-sex marriage? A single judge nullified the vote. Liberals are lawless. They have little regard for the law when it does not favor them.
Second, if Democrats saw that they were going to lose political power as a result of the six-state division, they would tie the whole process up in the federal courts or call for a do-over. When the union thugs lost the vote to unionize the Chattanooga VW plant, it didn’t stop them from trying to win another way.
“After a narrow and devastating loss at the Chattanooga Volkswagen plant last week, the United Auto Workers union has asked the federal labor board to set aside the election results because of ‘a firestorm of interference’ from outside groups and politicians, including Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn).
“The union submitted its appeal to the National Labor Relations Board on Friday, according to a UAW press release. Labor board officials will now have to consider whether the statements by lawmakers interfered enough to potentially sway votes and taint the election. The board could essentially order a do-over.”
Third, a six-state division sounds good on paper until you consider what would happen in the Senate. California would get 10 more Senators bringing the total to 12, most of whom would be liberal Democrats. There’s no guarantee that the division will help conservatives, especially if there’s a fight over how the divisions are made.
Amnesty has boost liberal prospects after President Reagan signed amnesty legislation that included tightening our immigration laws which liberals have ignored, and it shows.
In 1980 and 1984, California voted overwhelming Republican. Reagan got nearly 53% of the vote. Carter was just under 36%. In 1984, Reagan increased his vote total and percentage to 57%. George H.W. Bush got around 51% in 1988.
Clinton won in 1992 with only 46%. Ross Perot got 20%. It’s been downhill for the Republicans since then, with Obama getting more than 60% of the vote in 2008 and 2012.
Here’s a map showing Democrat and Republican voter strength in California. On the positive side, if such a division took place, we find people moving to a state that shares their political views.
So be careful what you wish for. It’s not enough to divide up the state. We need to outline and run on a real opposition party platform and have elected representatives that believe in it and run on it.