Donald Trump won and California wants to secede.

Mises Institute President Jeff Deist tweeted during the election: “look for the Dems to discover the virtues of secession, nullification, and states rights.”

It didn’t take long for leftists to realize the value of secession. Within hours of Trump’s stunning victory (a victory yours truly predicted as early as February this year), social media was set ablaze by Californians wanting out. Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton posted, “we must secede!”

He was quickly egged on, with many wanting Oregon and Washington to join California in a Pacific union.

Why not? Such a confederation would have substantial economic muscle and would be able to pursue their crazy socialist and hedonistic utopia without interference from us Southern lowlifes.

Heck, we provided the blueprint, though one would hope that secession in the 21st century would be a peaceful process. Southerners wouldn’t fight to keep you in.

In reality, the South should have never led the way. The Deep North should have had the honor of leaving first. They just never had the guts, though they threatened from 1794 through the 1840s.

And secession is legal. The UK Metro said it quite nicely when reporting the development: “there is no specific ban on state secession in the US Constitution. In fact, there’s nothing on secession in there at all.”

California even has a secessionist past. The short lived “Bear Flag Republic” attempted to break free of both Mexican and American grasp in 1848 at the conclusion of the Mexican War.

As America transitions to the Trump administration, it would be wise to remember that the left needs secession, too. We cannot forget our disaffected brothers and sisters who simply want to govern themselves. Tears could be turned to cheers.

Crazy as these Californians may be, who are we in the South to say you can’t go your own way? I’m sure Fleetwood Mac would give them the right to use the song in their campaign.

California would be free from the stigma Southern secessionists endure. They can’t be labeled racists, homophobes, Christian bigots, or hayseeds. I could think of some other terms, but unlike them, I’ll play nice.

Call the convention and get the ball rolling. Give the Abbeville Institute a call if you need advice on the history and possibility of secession.

We’ll show you the door. Don’t let it hit you on the way out.

Ya’ll don’t come back now, ya’ hear?


Brion McClanahan

Brion McClanahan is the author or co-author of six books, How Alexander Hamilton Screwed Up America (Regnery History, 2017), 9 Presidents Who Screwed Up America and Four Who Tried to Save Her (Regnery History, 2016), The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Founding Fathers, (Regnery, 2009), The Founding Fathers Guide to the Constitution (Regnery History, 2012), Forgotten Conservatives in American History (Pelican, 2012), and The Politically Incorrect Guide to Real American Heroes, (Regnery, 2012). He received a B.A. in History from Salisbury University in 1997 and an M.A. in History from the University of South Carolina in 1999. He finished his Ph.D. in History at the University of South Carolina in 2006, and had the privilege of being Clyde Wilson’s last doctoral student. He lives in Alabama with his wife and three daughters.

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