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I read that California was considering secession; I was hoping it was secession from the Union!  I’m glad to wave the liberal empire good-bye!  But alas, it is several counties considering secession from the state.    A county supervisor in Riverside County in rural southern California, Jeff Stone, has made a serious but farfetched proposal:  He wants 13 south or southwestern counties in California to form their own state:  the State of South California.

Stone said in a statement late Thursday that Riverside, Imperial, San Diego, Orange, San Bernardino, Kings, Kern, Fresno, Tulare, Inyo, Madera, Mariposa and Mono counties should form the new state of South California.

Stone sounds like a man with a mission and a manifesto:

The creation of the new state would allow officials to focus on securing borders, balancing budgets, improving schools and creating a vibrant economy, he said.

“Our taxes are too high, our schools don’t educate our children well enough, unions and other special interests have more clout in the Legislature than the general public,” Stone said in his statement.

I agree!  California has been misruled by liberals and RINOs for decades now.  The schools are politicized, no one is executed, new taxes and regulations are mandated regularly, global warming is the religion, and businesses are fleeing in droves.  Liberal nostrums have failed.  Secession has been the order of the day in California for some time; people have voted with their feet and left the state.

Census data outlines the state’s fall from grace. California grew at a slower rate from 2000 to 2010 than in any period since statehood in 1850, according to U.S. Census Bureau data released this year. Put another way: This is the biggest population slump in California’s history.

Many middle class people are leaving the state for Texas, Colorado, Nevada and Arizona, where taxes and the cost of living are lower. In the past decade, 1.5 million more people left California for other states than came to California from another part of the United States, according to analysis from the Public Policy Institute of California.

It is time for the conservative counties to consider secession.  (By the way, secession would require the consent of both the state legislature and the United States Congress.)  I’d vote YES!

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)


  1. Stephen L. Rush says:

    The idea of South California seceding from the North has merit. Who is to blame for California being broke, and the cause behind newly formed cities having to go bankrupt? “Who” may be the wrong question. The past two Governors, Democratic and Republican, failed at both the energy crisis and the economic crisis. It is not the regulations, either. I remember as a child having days off from school because the smog was so bad, and now there are more clear days. Jobs are not the trade-off for that because there are now green jobs to replace them. Rather, it is Prop 13, population inversion, outsourcing, and bad banking practice that have all contributed to our current problem. That's why businesses are fleeing. The reason counties want to secede is because San Bernardino has been treated like San Francisco's younger brother that gets all the scraps and has to do all the work. That is true of Republican or Democratic leaders. The bottom line is, when government becomes so corrupt as to take liberties from those it is meant to protect, it will & should be overrun. So Cal can no longer afford not to act, and Northern Calif cannot afford its counties to the South. As we celebrate our independence from tyrants this weekend, consider how our founding forefathers believed in the dream of freedom. Southern Californians do too.

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Tom White Says:

Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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