The State that ate the United States – California Globe

California has become a threat not only to itself but to the country as a whole.

Accepted into the Union in 1850, it was exceptional from the start, being the only state to join the United States without first being a territory (not including Texas, which was actually an independent country before becoming a state, but left that sideways). for now).

In the intervening 174 years, California, for all its many dysfunctions, dominates the country (and the world) like no other state.

From Hollywood to beach culture to high technology, California occupies an unrivaled place in the American imagination. Not even the strong, distinct, and individualistic cultures of states like Hawaii, Alaska, Montana, New York, and Texas can compete. As Sicily is to Italy, California is the United States in the extreme.

And as with everything that is considered exceptional, California is governed by its own standards.

Starting in the 1970s (with the help of Ronald Reagan) it began setting its own standards for automobile emissions.

California has since expanded its sphere of influence to include automobile mileage standards, energy standards, recyclables, and pig farming. His mandate to end all sales of gasoline-powered cars by 2035 is effectively an attempt to wipe out the traditional car industry entirely.

Now reports are coming in of protests from some in Nevada and Arizona because a California state law that could potentially limit oil industry profits threatens their own state’s energy future.

Poltico quotes Nevada Governor Joe Lombardo (R) as warning that “this approach could lead refiners to limit fuel supplies to avoid a profit penalty or even abandon our fuel-sharing market entirely.” Lombard also noted that 88 percent of his state’s fuels are delivered from California via pipelines or trucks.

For those of you who are hoping that the pendulum will eventually swing back, that things will get so bad that people will throw out the Democrats, that reality will one day collapse, I have bad news for you: The only way to reform California is reform California into a completely different entity (or two).

This is not a radical idea. West Virginia was once part of Virigina until it wasn’t. Likewise, Maine used to be part of Massachusetts. As some of the most extreme advocates of immigrant rights have argued, borders are just lines on a map. They were created arbitrarily and can be changed arbitrarily (or, as in the case of the US-Mexico border, ignored).

There is currently an effort underway in Oregon to have the eastern part of the state join Idaho. As of last summer, 12 of the state’s 15 eastern counties had voted to become part of Greater Idaho.

And, of course, some have already attempted to combine much of northern California with parts of southern Oregon into the new state of Jefferson.

I offer this proposal partly in jest, but only partly.

In fact, half of California (from San Francisco to the Oregon border; look at the map) is a universe away from the beaches of Southern California, the glitz of Hollywood, or the technological utopianism of Silicon Valley. Rural, agricultural, Republican: Northern California is more like Boise or Bozeman than Beverly Hills.

And American history is marked by those monumental commitments made to preserve the work of the Founders. In fact, California became a state precisely thanks to that compromise (The Compromise of 1850).

Whether they want it or not, the citizens of all other states must kneel before the edicts of Cali. The Founders never entertained the idea of ​​a state having such massive influence (in part because they never anticipated that American life would be as dominated by regulation and bureaucracy as ours is). Put plainly, California’s ability to impose its values ​​and interests on the country at large is a threat to the constitutional order of the United States.

So maybe the solution to California’s problem is to size it right. America’s future may depend on it.

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