Recently, a group of California counties have collectively decided to appeal to the state and federal governments to establish the state of New California. In their Declaration of Independence from California, the counties declared that California is a corrupt, tyrannical state run by a mono-party system. They further declared that, in the interest of preserving the Union, they would like to become a state of the United States of America so that they can establish and maintain justice and uphold and follow the Constitution.
In addition to declaring independence, the counties issued their first grievance against the state, arguing that the state has failed to uphold the laws of the land in terms of immigration, rewritten the state constitution to extend the rule of a governor, whom they have bestowed the appellation of “dictator,” and failed to keep both citizens and private property safe from harm. They also decried the mono-party state that California has become through gerrymandering and other tyrannical tactics.
Though the move may appear unconstitutional, the counties have not actually seceded from California, hoping instead that the Federal and State Governments would recognize their appeal so that the proper, constitutional, channels would be used to grant statehood. This is shown in the second to last paragraph of their Declaration of Independence: “We, therefore, the Representatives of the Counties of New California, appeal to the California Legislature and the Federal Congress to pass resolutions to create the State of New California.”
This is in compliance with the U.S. Constitution which states that a new state can only be formed with the express consent of the jurisdictional state’s legislature and Congress.
The counties of New California are mostly composed of republican and centrist counties that are tired of California’s liberalocracy and would rather submit to the Constitution and Federal Laws without fear, as California has threatened to prosecute those who have violated state Sanctuary City Laws to uphold Federal Law. In addition, California State Bill 54 made it illegal, except in certain cases, for State and Local Law Enforcement Agencies to comply with federal immigration law. For these reasons, the citizens of New California should be approved statehood to live free from prosecution for following Federal Law and guarantee themselves safety from criminal aliens who have vandalized their properties and harmed members of their citizenry.
More information on the New California movement can be found on their official website.
John Paluska graduated from Regent University with a B.A. in Strategic Communications and a minor in Theology. He founded the social media news aggregation platform Soaker News in 2012 and has previously worked for Amplify Communications to boost publicity for the American History Film Project. John is an Orthodox Anglican and loves reading the bible and writing about politics and culture through the lense of Christianity.
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Publication date: January 25, 2018