Who is funding the U.S. secessionist movements

9348031848_222ae13657_zCalifornia and Texas both have secessionist movements with the goal of breaking away from the United States and setting up independent nations.  California’s rebels would seem to be from the left.  The Texans would seem to be from the right.  But the unlikely breakaways of these formerly independent republics have a common funder:  RUSSIA.

The leader of “Calexit” and its organization Yes California even lives in Russia!

So says the article excerpted and linked after the break. [Read more…]

Donald Trump news

Donald_Trump_(8567813820)_(2) (1)The Electoral College officially elected Donald Trump president.  Despite all of the efforts to persuade electors to overturn the election results, only six members of the college were “unfaithful electors,” not voting for the person they were supposed to, though this tied a record.  Two Republicans refused to vote for Trump, but  four Democrats refused to vote for Hillary Clinton. (Three other Democrats were also going to refuse to vote for Clinton, but they were replaced by their states.)

Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by 2.8 votes, but this is completely attributable to her huge plurality in only one state:  California.  If it weren’t for California, Trump would have won the popular vote by 1.4 million votes.  So if California secedes from the union, as some citizens of the Golden State are wanting to do, that will greatly affect America’s politics.  (See also this.)

Trump is planning to keep his private security force to supplement his Secret Service protection.  This violates tradition.  Some critics say his long-time security detail has a reputation for roughing up protesters.  Former Secret Service agents say having a second security team is a formula for confusion.  But I suspect a president who is so hated by so many people could use an extra layer of security.

Photo by Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America (Donald Trump) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

 

 

California churches to be forced to pay for abortions?

The state of California has classified abortion as a “basic health service,” which means that under Obamacare, all insurance policies, including those of churches, must pay for abortions.  Churches have applied to the Obama administration for relief, but they were denied.  The issue is now before the courts. [Read more…]

California may require Christian schools to change their teachings

California is considering a bill that would remove the exemption for faith-based colleges and universities from state anti-discrimination laws when it comes to “sexual orientation, gender identity, and religion.”  The measure has already passed the state senate and awaits action from the House.

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Split California into six states?

A measure that proposes to split California into six states–since the one has so much diversity that it is “ungovernable”–is actually making headway, with officials giving permission to start getting signatures on a petition to put it to a vote.  They only need just over 800,000 signatures.  I’d think they could get that in California.  The six states would be Silicon Valley, South California, West California, Central California, North California, and Jefferson (in the northernmost part of the state).

I’m curious about the constitutional ramifications of this project.  Can states just split apart like that, and if they do, would the U.S. Congress have to accept them into the union?   I guess secession is pretty much out of the question, thanks to the Civil War.  But if California were to split into six states, this would give the region 12 senators, probably from 8 to 10 of whom would be Democrats.  If this happens, Republicans might need to talk Texas into a similar division.

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Californians not allowed to vote against gay marriage

The state of California, at one time, decided to permit gay marriage, but voters rallied and overturned that law.  Now a federal appeals court has overturned that vote on constitutional grounds.  See Court Rejects State Ban on Gay Marriage – WSJ.com.

We have been told both by conservatives and liberals that the question of gay marriage should just be left up to the states.  That way, different values across this great country can find expression.  But here the people of a state are not allowed to have a say in the matter.  State legislators can legalize gay marriage.  But the actual citizens of a state cannot vote to reject gay marriage.  (In this case, the people who do not want gay marriage are from California–California!–presumably the most culturally cutting-edged in the nation.)

It looks like gay marriage will be decided by the courts after all. And if it is construed as a constitutional issue, then a decision for gay marriage must apply to the whole country.  This case will be appealed to the Supreme Court, which will have to settle the controversy one way or the other.