Copyright © 2017
by Ralph F. Couey
Californians -- both citizen and government -- have long boasted how economically self-sufficient their state has become, to the point where some firmly believe that California could survive quite nicely on its own, outside the United States. That rhetoric has increased in volume since the last election. Californians, overwhelmingly liberal Democrat in political viewpoint, are utterly unwilling to contemplate being a part of a country that had the temerity to elect a Republican, especially Donald J. Trump for whom most consider the term "buffoon" to be too high a compliment.
There have always been secession movements in this country, although most (outside the Civil War) involve splitting states, not leaving the Union. Western Maryland, for example, is politically the photographic negative of the eastern half of the state, where the liberals in Baltimore and Annapolis run the whole state through their leftist lens. For a few decades, there was a movement to separate northern from southern California. But to this point in history, the only state to split apart was Virginia at the beginning of the Civil War, dividing into Confederate Virginia and Union West Virginia.
But things have become more complex since 1863. The interweaving strands of economy and culture are far more dense today.