First I should start off by stating, that this isn’t for Trump supporters, so while you are welcome to read, I doubt many if any of you are thinking about/hoping for your state to secede. Secondly, these are just things I want people to consider before voting for secession.
Alright, so it’s been almost two weeks since President Trump was inaugurated, and I’ve heard talk of states seceding from the Union. I heard that California has put the issue on the ballot for 2018—Calexit as I’ve heard it being called— and that Washington state is considering it as well. I should mention, that I’m not sure of the legal process or possibility of success.
I get the urge. I understand the idea of ‘hey we don’t want this guy, and we feel that democracy of this country doesn’t work because of the electoral college system, and so we’re just not going to play.’ Many of us feel the frustration. I’m just not sure this is the solution.
The first big problem that I see—if California leaves the Union— is that the rest of the United States becomes significantly more likely to have Trump as a two term President. California was one of the states going to Hillary in this election, and they have 55 Electoral College votes, more than double of all but 3 other states. Yes Hillary lost, but it was relatively close, and without California it would have been a landslide. Also it would probably shift the popular vote in his favor as well.
So you’re probably thinking ‘but if I’m in California as a separate nation it doesn’t matter to me if Trump is President for another 4 years.’ The President of the United States affects everyone, clearly this election has shown us that the rest of the world cares and worries.
Here is the second reason I think there will be a problem if you try to secede (and I’m not just picking on California it applied to all 50 of us). If you secede, the United States isn’t going to just let you go, this could be the start of a second Civil War (or Revolution depending on the victor). With all of the issues, and all of the uncertainty facing the world, and the country a war on American soil, let alone a war between states would be worsen anxieties and raise uncertainty.
I think that the Civil War concept is less likely to be a full blown war, because I really don’t see an individual state being able to stand up to the might of the US government, and I think it would be over before it began, but do we even want that?
If all 50 states stay, things are a little uncertain, but we’re almost evenly balanced between liberals and conservatives, and we tend to have one then the other representing us like a pendulum, and I think that Trump feels like that pendulum has swung too far, but it will return, but it can’t do that if we don’t stick together.
Also, can you imagine how much longer the border wall will have to be if they decided to wall off California? It would be impossible…