You Can Find Wingnut Secessionists in every State, even California
If you dig deep with secessionists you usually find a tribal supremacist under a couple layers of civilized veneer. This guy changes the formula slightly by arguing that just the red parts of California secede from the blue parts.
Politicians who think like that should never get any votes, simply because when you are elected to office the expectation is that you represent everyone in your area, even those who voted against you. Secessionists have trouble assimilating that concept.
The man, Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone, will formally propose the idea - in which 13 mostly conservative-leaning California counties break off from the state and form a unique “South California” state - on Tuesday to the Riverside County Board of Supervisors.
The new state, which would theoretically include the counties of Riverside, San Bernardino, Imperial, San Diego, Orange, Kings, Kern, Fresno, Tulare, Inyo, Madera, Mariposa and Mono, would be home to about 13 million people. Los Angeles is purposefully absent.
“Los Angeles is purposely excluded because they have the same liberal policies that Sacramento does. The last thing I want to do is create a state that’s a carbon copy of what we have now,” Stone told the Los Angeles Times. “Los Angeles just enacted a ban on plastic grocery bags. That put three or four manufacturers out of business.”
Stone hopes the creation of South California would empower the state’s local governments, many of which have suffered in recent efforts to reduce the state’s massive deficit.