Would you support the idea to split California in two states, one for the conservatives and one for liberals?
Well, in the recent past, trouble has been brewing in the nation’s largest and most populous state as several individuals push forward ideas to have the state split into two. As a hub for the liberal-minded Democrats, conservative rural counties feel underrepresented by the legislature and would love nothing more than to declare independence from the rest of the state.
Paul Preston, a Yuba City native in North Carolina, is one of the big dreamers of “New California”. In his opinion, Paul says that the New California state would give a better representation of California rural and conservative areas, unlike the urban and left-minded California coast that represents bonds of tyranny.
California’s Central Valley, confederate flags (which are listed as a hate symbol) are growing in demand at souvenir stores, and confederate imagery has become common in immigrant communities. For a long time, California has been a Democrat stronghold with the party currently having a grip on 80 of the state’s 120 legislative seats. It is seen as the national leader in resisting President Donald Trump, but these recent fractions within its walls have left it in a highly polarized state.
The great rifts in the state have played out in the open with clashes between Trump supporters and haters resulting in violent conflicts particularly during the electioneering period. There have been fierce battles between rival groups and neighbors with dueling campaigns being fronted to set new boundaries and separate the nation’s richest and economically stable state.
Ross Patterson, another New Californian supporter from Yuba City (a northern area that predominantly voted for Trump) said “I’m just waiting for that day when the federal government will come and take this state over”.
While California’s rich tradition of progressive activism has been thriving over the years, right-wing anger and backlash has been brewing among the state’s conservative areas. California contributed heavily to the launch of the free speech movement, the passing of groundbreaking policies on marijuana, immigrants’ rights, gun control and environmental control. However, most conservatives in this state have little say on the polices implemented, and therefore feel misrepresented.
Some conservatives have also pushed for the northern California to be split and named the State of Jefferson. Additionally, there have been other campaigns compounding California’s woes, including one to split California into six states, making Silicon Valley a state on its own, and another one pushing for California (Calexit) to separate from the U.S. and become its own country.
In recent months, conservative fury towards the California government has been fueled by the decision to pass a law meant to protect illegal immigrants and reduce the cooperation between local authorities and federal deportation officials. This is a thorn in the flesh for the far left as immigration is one of the key pillars in Trump’s agenda.
“Assisting criminals makes you a criminal too. Hampering the cooperation between federal and local authorities is only making the enforcement of federal laws more costly. Such disagreements are causing us taxpayers money” said an angry Tom Reed. Tom has been involved in the New California and Jefferson efforts, and says he was utterly aggravated by the state’s decision to impede cooperation between state and federal authorities.
Garcia, an activist in Tulare County, said the Trump-fueled rage against illegal immigrants has resulted in a more open racism. “There is a visible kind of aggression even in conservative counties where out of nowhere, you see your neighbor waving a confederate flag, something that never happened before” he said. Even in far left areas like California, white and far right supremacists have now grown in presence and are becoming more overt.
All these efforts to separate California or have it separate and become its own country may ultimately fail to materialize, but it’s a clear picture of the true state of affairs in California. It’s actually a “resistance within the resistance”. And with Trump’s ascension into office, the drift between the right and left in California is only likely to intensify.
~ Conservative Zone