A fellow by the name of Marcus Ruiz Evans was on Fox’s Tucker Carlson program recently. He offered his stance on secession vis-à-vis California’s consideration. His position stood apropos for the Golden Bears because the Supreme Court in its Texas vs White decision of 1869 had offered a loophole bearing on the people’s consent to secede.
This bears, of course, on any understanding that Texas vs White had any legality in the first place in a “reconstructed” government of Southern states. The loophole was that secession could be legal and appropriate as long as the people of the other states approved it. This also was Evans’ justification for California seceding today (the other people say it’s okay) as opposed to the South’s in 1860-61.
According to Evans the South had not asked permission and anyway the South did not like equal rights for minorities (his words). Neither did the South want a good partnership with the North. And to top it off the South, as well, seceded violently. He is inaccurate in each and every. . . , but it doesn’t matter. Something can always be right for California or New York but never can it be right for Texas or Mississippi.
But, now California aspires to be a separate nation because they are California and they are of great importance–to themselves, not necessarily to others–much like China. But, let them leave. I live in Texas and the folks I spend time with would like to leave this great “nation” of the 16th amendment (and a few others, after the first ten). Then we could be twice removed from Nancy and Diane and Mr. Moonbeam and the Hollywood Hundreds.
The rile seems to be, with 21st century calls for secession, from the great “liberal” west coast state due to some minor issues in the US Constitution with the election process, its underlying demonstration of unfairness being the antiquated Electoral College. The majority is not ruling the minority of rubes the way it should. So what?
Should this obvious absence to detail in the Constitution have been observed long before now? After all, with a current U.S. population of 308 million and the 12 most heavily populated states (with California at the top of the list) having 181 million and the other 38 states having 127 million, an amendment to the Constitution stating that California must provide an electrical fence on its Southern border could be passed. That is, the 38 states with a population of only 41 percent of the population could ratify and make such a part of the organic law of our “nation” and California could shove it (actually they could follow the post-1865 rules and simply get a majority of congress–with a minority of population– and a typical political president to sign it in the fashion of most of the legislation of the 20th century).
Considering the chicanery and illegal maneuvering establishing the 14th amendment, the above California delight would be “liberal” bliss, and perfectly legal.
I would love to reinvent the Pony Express and be the rider who delivered the last letter to Sacramento: “See ya.”–signed C.S.A.