On the one hand, I think it's a stupid idea. On the other hand, I can see the point.
Jeff Stone is a member of the Riverside County Board Of Governors in California. He is spearheading an effort to get several counties to secede from California and form a 51st state, South California. Here's what the map would look like:
Notice Los Angeles and other notable bastions of the Political Left are not included in the proposed new state. Oh, did I mention Stone is a Republican? What? You guessed that? I don't know how, you must be psychic. In point of fact, eleven of the thirteen counties at the center of this typically vote Political Right.
Anyway, Stone told the LA Times, "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. Los Angeles just enacted a ban on plastic grocery bags. That put three or four manufacturers out of business."
The secession is supposedly going to be formally proposed at a session tomorrow. If it goes through, it will take away a third of California's total population. Population-wise, South California will be larger than Illinois, Pennsylvania, and Ohio. California, meanwhile, would become the second largest state after Texas.
Like I said, I have mixed feelings about this. People don't feel represented by the government. At the same time, though, they can get in through local councils and state leges. Instead of cutting themselves off (it just seems so, "I can't win, so I won't play anymore"), they should be trying to work with their opposites. It's the "poli" in politics -- it means, "many." And creating a monoculture isn't the way to do it.
Just wondering about the ability of this to actually happen. I'll be right here, waiting for the lawsuits to settle.