Movements to Create New States Gaining Real Traction (VIDEO)

Movements to Create New States Gaining Real Traction (VIDEO)

California movement has passed first hurdle.

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A movement to split California into six states has passed its first legal hurdle. If the proposal gathers 807,615 signatures by July 18, it may be put to a vote in the Golden State.

The initiative holds some promise. Unlike similar movements in other states, which are largely lead by grassroots activists, Six Californias is spearheaded by Timothy Cook Draper, a media-savvy venture capitalist known for being an early investor in Skype and Hotmail.

newyork“It’s very difficult to govern this state,” Draper has said. “We have the farmers in the Central Valley, and the entrepreneurs in the Silicon Valley, and we have the Hollywood group, and we have the military suppliers down in Southern California. They all have separate interests and separate needs. It’s very difficult for one group in Sacramento to serve all those needs.”

Meanwhile, a movement to split New York into two regions is likewise gaining traction. The Libertarian Republic has also covered an attempt to create a Western Maryland.

Though Maryland’s five Western counties are largely conservative, they are increasingly finding themselves yoked with draconian gun laws and crippling taxes by their state’s Eastern majority. “Lots of people out there feel like there is no recourse, there is no hope,” a spokesman for the initiative has said.

As Democratic constituencies grow around the country, conservative regions are increasingly exploring means of legal escape. This renaissance of conservative interest in statehood and nullification is both an inevitable and welcome development. It is an essential principle of republicanism that minorities should be allowed some power to manage their own internal affairs – and not be trampled beneath sheer majoritarian rule.

Missouri is on track to pass a bill that would nullify federal gun laws.

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  • spinolio
    February 20, 2014, 1:08 pm

    At least that way one group would NOT end up paying for the others. They would have to compete with each other.

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  • Target4Tyrants
    February 20, 2014, 3:57 pm

    looks like all the money will be pumped into the yellow, orange & green zones

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  • polyduces@Target4Tyrants
    February 20, 2014, 5:21 pm

    Don’t underestimate the central valley……ag business is HUGE in CA….

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  • Susan J. Barretta
    February 20, 2014, 5:23 pm

    Hmm, it’ll be interesting to see how California proposes splitting the assets and liabilities…

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  • OldManMtn
    February 20, 2014, 5:41 pm

    i am liking this idea. Seems well thought out — each region has their economic specialties and strengths… and from what I have observed living in at least 4 of them, their own subcultures, outlooks, and even dialect.

    This also would allow those who dont subscribe to one ideology or another to move to an area more in line with their ideals, without having go so far away. it would also force the more irresponsible areas (like Sacramento) to mind their spending. Would also diminish cleptocracy taking from one region and giving to another. it would also greatly reduce bureaucracy and waste in govt, and give each region their own voice and control over their own resources.

    The main problem in Cali is water sharing and allocation. i also think this would force better and more long-term solutions (mainly, Los Angeles needs to find a better solution than taking from the north and central farming valley)

    There is nothing radical about this idea. In fact, the radical idea is having a State so massive and governmentally overloaded as Cali is today. Compare to the East Coast.

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