By: David McDonald
Karl Marx once told us that, “History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce.”. I believe, in terms of current tyrannical rule of the U.S.A, we witnessed the tragedy under the leadership of George Bush II – who was the political puppet behind an array of oil wars in the Middle East that began in 2001 and continue to this day, murdering thousands of innocent lives.
With Donald Trump’s presidency set to begin on January 20th 2017, it’s safe to say that we are currently witnessing the largest political farce in recent history.
The farce in this instance is obviously Donald Trump; a man whose presidency once seemed like a joke up until yesterday. It’s a conclusion to a presidential campaign that was just as disastrous as the top two runners, and I can’t necessarily say I’m at all surprised at the outcome.
However, the campaign is over and it’s combative publicity sidelined until the next election, the social tide will now turn towards America’s new Leader. Whether Donald Trump will prove to be a good President is obviously unknown, but sceptics seem to be in the majority.
So much in the majority, that the State of California is calling for a 2018 secession from the United States of America
Does the State of California really want to become its own nation?
Apparently they do, and they’re calling it, “Calexit”.
There is a very legitimate group by the name of Yes California Independence Campaign, and they have notified us on their website that in the Spring of 2019, Californians will go to the polls to vote to decide by referendum if California should exit the United States Union.
The movement has racked up an impressive backer already in Shervin Pishevar, an early investor in Uber and well-known angel investor. Shervin stated on Twitter that he would bankroll a campaign to make California its own nation if Trump won.
He has recently confirmed this claim.
Californians proved their Democratic political ideology, as well as their distaste for Trump by voting 61.5% for Clinton, and 33.3% for Trump. But the state and its citizens have carefully weighed their options, and becoming their own nation seems to be the best idea, at least for now.
When I heard about this, it came as a huge surprise. I knew people feared and hated Trump’s ability to run America, but I didn’t think it would lead an entire state to attempt a secession from the country altogether – let alone California.
‘Calexit’ supporters are serious about this transition, and they fully believe that the State can fully support itself as an independent entity.
Their main argument for self-sustainability is, “As the sixth largest economy in the world, California is more economically powerful than France and has a population larger than Poland. Point by point, California compares and competes with countries, not just the 49 other states.”
Other reasons include peace and security (they are likely more secure from outside invasion if they stay included to America, but could be more susceptible to internal terrorism and other social problems if they remain).
They argue that issues surrounding trade standards, debt and taxes, immigration, and the environment, among others, are threatened if they remain within the U.S.
Whether or not any of these are credible is not any of my concern right now – I’ll worry about this when the time comes, because for all I know, this could just be a publicity stunt aimed at deteriorating Trump’s already unsatisfactory political reputation.
But as of now, if the 2018 ballot vote passes, this decision will go into referendum in the Spring of 2019, and America will see a change that it has not seen in well over a century.
“All empires come to an end, and the American one is no exception” – Robert Kiyosaki
I think the problem with America is that people think it is an invincible nation. Unaware or uneducated voters take a look at the astronomical economy and perpetuous military and think to themselves, “we are the most powerful nation, we can’t be stopped,” which is far from the truth.
As history shows, empires can and will fall. It happened to the Mali’s, to the Egyptians, the Aztecs, the Romans, the Mongols, the Germans, the Russians, and now, right before our eyes, the American Empire.
For the State of California to seriously propose a secession, they are showing fear towards what Trump could accomplish, but they are also demonstrating their understanding that America might actually fall. California realizes that their economy is large enough to be entirely self-sufficient, but they also realize that the American economy as a whole is heading down a dark path, and it may bring the State down with it.
Along with this, the social issues that a Trump Presidency brings would be enough for any State to opt-out, especially a State that borders the ocean.
But it isn’t just California that is attempting to leave the country. People from all over America have attempted to migrate to Canada, which crashed the Canadian Immigration website.
This should serve as a reminder to the American people that their decision to elect a corrupt, racist, bigot of a President will have far-reaching effects. It will change the face of the nation for the next four years, and America could soon become divided Geographically, not just socially.
America is fragmented. Social issues have plagued the nation for years and the election of Donald Trump will only further any social turmoil already being experienced if he continues his reckless pursuit of ultimate power.
David is a 19-year-old Canadian student currently attending the University of Guelph. He currently studies Public Management and economics with hopes of one day becoming an accomplished journalist. David enjoys reporting on global events and actively try to make a difference in the world.
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