Yes California: #Brexit vote historic and inspiring

The Yes California Independence Campaign announced this evening that while it does not take a position on whether the United Kingdom should or should not have voted to exit the European Union, it applauded the process as a shining example of the right of peoples to self-determination.

"It was exciting to watch self-determination in action, and in the end the majority of the British people determined for themselves in a historic and inspiring election that their future would be better off independent of the European Union. Today's results provide us with a modern-day, western-world example of peaceful and legal secession from a political union and we intend to mimic that process here in California by putting an independence referendum on the ballot so we can exercise our right to self-determination and vote to leave or remain part of the American Union," Louis J. Marinelli, the president of the organization said.

The organization argues that now as the sixth largest economy in the world, California is more economically powerful than France and has a population larger than Poland.

"California is the 7th largest economic power in the world. We're competing with nations like Brazil and France, not states like Florida," Governor Brown wrote in a letter to the Florida governor earlier this year before new economic data moved California into sixth place.

Yes California sees parallels between the #Brexit vote to exit the European Union and its planned referendum on California leaving the American Union and cites (1) how power has shifted from the state to the federal level for decades, (2) that the federal government is a broken, corrupted, and bureaucratic mess, (3) that lobbyists, special interests, corporations, and wealthy campaign contributors control the country due to the Supreme Court's ruling in Citizens United, (4) that the country's flawed immigration system forces millions of Californians to live without documents and makes it illegal for them to work, and (5) that California is forced to subsidize the other states with its taxes all as reasons justifying independence.

"Our continued membership in the American Union means California will continue subsidizing the other member states to our own detriment and to the detriment of our children," Marinelli said. "Whether we discuss issues of peace and security, government and elections, trade and regulation, health, education, and infrastructure, or natural resources and the environment, California is better off independent of the American Union and the District of Columbia just as the British people have now determined their future will be better off independent of the European Union and Brussels."

June 23rd's #Brexit vote resulted in 52% of the United Kingdom voting to leave the European Union. An informal poll of 9,000 Californians conducted by the organization this past February resulted in 41% in favor of California leaving the American Union.

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  • commented 2016-07-05 13:44:12 -0700
    I pledged the petition, but why replace one massive socialistic bureaucracy with another ? Reduce carbon footprint? Public funded (extorted) healthcare? How about freedom from government force? Please educate yourselves on fundamental economic laws, the nature of government, political philosophy, the nature of man and history. This is just Washington D.C. light.
  • commented 2016-06-27 06:18:14 -0700
    A missive to all who think DC/EU/big Government is a good – Do you agree that Government only destroys wealth, integrity, supremacy of the individual? – Do you agree that the government that governs best, governs least? Do you agree that socialist governmental policies breed corruption and destroy the social fabric? – Do you agree that Keynesian economic policies are nothing but folly, having led to the downfall of economies around the world? – Do you agree that the only way large, centralized government can survive is by subversion of personal liberties? – Do you agree that not only is there a military-industrial complex, but a welfare-industrial complex, environmental-industrial complex, educational-industrial complex, consumer-industrial complex, communication-industrial complex, trade-industrial complex, banking-industrial complex all fostered by big government, devolving into a “quid pro quo” system of governmental threats and corruption, systematically destroying innovation and competition? – Do you agree that politicians have resorted to taking bribes from foreign, sovereign banks? – What ever happened to idea of Liberals protecting liberties of the individual? – Believe in DC/EU/big Government, and you’ve sold your liberty and you’ve sold yourselves into slavery very cheaply.?
  • commented 2016-06-25 00:02:52 -0700
    When will the time for signing the referendum be closed, you know like the year ?