[Rushtalk] Alert: The California 3-State Split is a Massive Liberal Trojan Horse

Carl Spitzer {C Juno} cwsiv at juno.com
Thu Apr 26 12:29:19 MDT 2018

    Alert: The California 3-State Split is a Massive Liberal Trojan

By Cillian Zeal 
April 16, 2018 at 9:56am

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If you follow politics, you’ve probably heard by now about the proposed
California referendum that could split the Golden State into three

The measure, proposed by billionaire Tim Draper, isn’t necessarily new.
Draper’s forces had previously tried to get a measure to split
California into multiple states onto the ballots in 2014 and 2016, but
didn’t get enough signatures.

This year, roughly 600,000 signatures were collected, easily surpassing
the 365,880 needed to put a referendum to a statewide vote.

The proposal would split California into three states: California, which
would encompass Los Angeles, Monterey, San Benito, San Luis
Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties and have 12.3 million
residents; Southern California, which would include Fresno, Imperial,
Inyo, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mono, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San
Diego and Tulare counties and a population of 13.9 million people; and
Northern California, which would include the rest of the state’s 40
counties, including San Francisco and Silicon Valley, and count 13.3
million individuals among its numbers.

For conservatives entranced by the possibility of Calexit, proposed
after President Donald Trump’s victory in 2016, the idea of splitting
California up for better representation might seem like a good idea.

You shouldn’t buy it, though. As Red State notes, it’s nothing more than
the ultimate gerrymander designed to increase the liberal stranglehold
on the Golden State.

It’s worth noting that no matter what California voters do at the polls
this November, it’s unlikely the measure would pass, at least for now.
In Article 4, Section 3 of the Constitution, it states that “no new
State shall be formed or erected within the Jurisdiction of any other
State; nor any State be formed by the Junction of two or more States, or
Parts of States, without the Consent of the Legislatures of the States
concerned as well as of the Congress.”

The Trump administration will veto such a split, for reasons to be laid
out later. That means it would need two-thirds of both houses of
Congress to override the veto, something that clearly won’t happen. If
the Democrats controlled both houses and the presidency, however, this
plan would be on the fast track to recognition, were Californians to
vote for it.

Draper and his allies have tried to paint the California split as mostly
a vote to change California’s broken state politics. There’s no
indication it would do that. It would, however, affect national politics
in a huge way.

What’s now California, which has two senators like any other state,
would instead get six — and it’s unlikely that any of them would be

“Of those six senators, the four senators from Northern California and
(new) California would be uber-progressive communists in perpetuity,”
Red State notes.

“In addition, it is not guaranteed that Southern California would have
even one conservative senator, and most probably have two RINO’s along
the same lines of Arizona or Mississippi, or even split like Florida.
And with the current balance in the Senate, adding two more progressive
senators to the mix, along with the worst-case scenario of one
conservative + one RINO, would present a chill on the current structure
that would make it near-impossible to get anything done from even a
moderate-right stance, and help propel the anti-American legislation
that would nail the coffin into any legislative relief.”

Then there’s the House. Red State estimates Southern California would
get 20 seats in the reapportionment, with 19 seats for Northern
California and 17 seats for California classic.

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There’s a catch to this, as usual: “California is made up of districts
that are currently near-100% Democrat-controlled districts, while
Northern California currently has about 70% Democrat-controlled
districts,” Red State notes. “However, with the new states able to
control their district configuration, it would make it more likely that
Northern California is going to gerrymander the sprawling conservative
population into fewer districts, ensuring that progressives control 16
or 17 of the 19 seats.”

Furthermore, Minnesota, Texas and Washington would end up losing seats
under this plan. Two of those three states — Minnesota and Washington —
would likely gerrymander their districts so the GOP would lose a seat,
resulting in a likely cumulative loss of one seat.

And that’s all a best-case scenario, assuming that Southern California
(or whatever it decides to rename itself after the split, should it
happen; the San Francisco Chronicle notes the new states would be able
to vote on a name for themselves) remains conservative. That’s far from
certain, particularly given immigration patterns.

There are a number of other issues posed by this split, from
apportioning the state’s ginormous debt and pension responsibilities to
deciding how water rights are doled out. However, the biggest issue
should be the fact this is one giant gerrymander, little more than a
naked attempt to throw the balance of Congress in the favor of the

Again, it’s worth noting what I previously stated: Unless the Democrats
get both houses of Congress in November and Trump refuses to veto this —
all three of which are unlikely to happen together — any change to
California isn’t going to happen.

However, that’s not to say it won’t appear at a later date, particularly
if there’s a Democrat in office. So if you ever needed a reason to keep
conservatives in office, this blatant power grab ought to do it.


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