Two Conservative men from California have decided they have had enough with the blue-leaning state. The men have launched a campaign to divide rural California form it’s liberal coastal cities.
The men say they are motivated by what they suggested to as a “tyrannical form of government,” that doesn’t follow the state or federal constitution, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
While the 2016 campaign to split California into 6 states ultimately failed, the “New California” movement, founded by Robert Paul Preston and Tom Reed, seeks to unite rural California into a distinct economy which is separate from the coast.
“After years of over taxation, regulation, and mono party politics the State of California and many of its 58 Counties have become ungovernable.”
The founders of the movement say the citizens of the state live “under a tyrannical form of government that does not follow the California and U.S. Constitutions.”
“After years of over taxation, regulation, and mono party politics the State of California and many of its 58 Counties have become ungovernable,” the group states on its website.
“There’s something wrong when you have a rural county such as this one, and you go down to Orange County which is mostly urban, and it has the same set of problems, and it happens because of how the state is being governed and taxed,” Preston told CBS Sacramento.
The “founders” have evoked Article IV Section 3 of the United States Constitution as justification for organizing a new economy with a new state constitution.
It states that a consensus must be met by the state legislatures of California as well as Congress. The process, according to New California representatives, could take 10 to 18 months.
The New California movement unveiled a “Declaration of Independence,” earlier this week that called for a “free and Independent State” with “full power to establish and maintain law and order, to promote general prosperity.”
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