Calexit and America’s Future
Left-wing Radicals in California continue their rumblings of secession. California, the largest state in terms of population with nearly 40 million people, California is larger than many existing countries. As secession’s proponents love to tout, it has an economy larger than that of France. Many questions concern us: Should we as a country allow California to leave the Union? Should we as anti-progressives even care? Would this hurt or help our country? Would California survive on its own? I’ll offer my perspective.
In theory, yes, California could leave and could survive on its own. However, I don’t think it will happen, and if it does, I think Californians will find nationhood much harder than they envision.
As far as allowing California to leave, I do not believe the federal government will stand for it. California is, in reality, a massive economic producer. Alphabet and Apple are both headquartered there, and it is one of our biggest agricultural producers. It grows year round crops that only grow seasonally elsewhere. It produces the lion’s share of our media, and is a tax contributor. It also houses multiple naval bases as well as the First Marine Division and the Third Marine Air Wing. Financial interests alone will make bought-and-paid-for Republicans and liberal Democrats alike will want to hold onto the West Coast cash cow. Democrats know good and well that without California, they will never win the presidency again, and liberals on the East Coast will not be willing to sign away the Bear Republic’s 55 electoral votes. For exactly this reason, I personally would LOVE to see this granola-munching, Birkenstock-wearing Sodom by the Sea get the fuck out.
Should we care as anti-progressives? Yes, we should. In theory California leaving sounds great, especially if the norther counties break away and form the new state of Jefferson as they have tried to do for years. But make no mistake, it’s going to make life a lot more difficult for us. The government will feel the tax hit. If you use services like Google, iTunes, or Netflix, you’ll feel it, as you will be accessing services that will become subject to oversight of trade agreements.
The last two questions, whether or not California can survive and if it is good or bad for our country, are linked. But here is why I think California, once on the outside, would quickly be begging to come back into the Union.
California does pay a tremendous amount in taxes. However, it also receives a tremendous amount in taxes and puts quite a burden on the rest of the country in other terms. Most estimates of what California pays versus what it collects do not count the massive military spending that goes into the bases, and the salaries of the troops stationed there. Undoubtedly, those bases and their personnel would be relocated, which would not only pull that massive funding out of the state, but would lead to many local jobs which rely on the bases being lost (tattoo parlors and titty bars will be hardest hit). California has a massive welfare problem, too, and this is also often not counted in their federal funding because it goes to individuals. While coastal Cali is doing very well financially, the interior areas definitely are not. Californians, when forced to foot the bill for these people themselves, may no longer wish to be as generous as they are with Other People’s Money.
Two of the key things many of them are not thinking of are water and energy. California in general and Los Angeles in particular are heavily reliant on underground aquifers and rivers for their water. The aquifers are drying up, largely due to the massive demands of the agricultural sector. The rivers don’t usually start in California; they flow into it from other states. As for energy, California pipes in most of its energy from power plants in neighboring states. Even then, rolling brown-outs are common. California will not be able to provide for its own energy without resorting to methods their coastal elites find “problematic.”
California already pays higher energy prices than most of the rest of the country. Prices would skyrocket after Calexit, especially when one considers that a lot of the states bordering it and supplying it are purple and red. As far as water goes, we could easily derail the flow of rivers into California to support agriculture in the neighboring states to make up for the lost production. California could revert to a desert where massive amounts of capital are sucked up to pay for an energy-consumption lifestyle they will no longer be able to afford.
Finally, what will California do when Mexican drug cartels run roughshod over its borders? Federal ICE agents won’t be there to help. Neither will the Marines, Army, or Navy. California will have to defend its borders itself, and that will mean arming and empowering people like us, who are exactly the kind of people of which Californians want to rid themselves.
In short, California cannot maintain anything like its current lifestyle if it left, and I think at least some of their politicians know this. Therefore, don’t expect it to happen, no matter how much we would love to see the door hit them in their collective ass.