Sacramento Democrats Fire on Fort Sumter

Heading into 2018, but still flying below the national radar, the state of California is on a confrontation course with the federal government in Washington, D.C. Given that Washington is crawling with reporters—because, these days, there is apparently no news that somehow does not involve or concern Donald J. Trump—it might seem odd that you’re not reading about it every day. But here we are:

The acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says politicians who run sanctuary cities should be charged with crimes. Thomas Homan said in an interview Tuesday with Fox News Channel’s Neil Cavuto that the Department of Justice needs to file charges against municipalities that don’t cooperate with federal immigration authorities and deny them funding. He also says politicians should be held “personally accountable” for crimes committed by people living in the U.S. illegally. Homan says, “We’ve got to start charging some of these politicians with crimes.”

What provoked this extraordinary statement is California’s open defiance of federal immigration law, embodied in the state’s becoming a “sanctuary” for illegal aliens as of January 1. Under the new state law, nowhere in California may police ask about an individual’s immigration status, nor may local authorities cooperate with federal officials on immigration enforcement.

Let’s be as clear about this as we possibly can: not since South Carolina fired on Fort Sumter, thus precipitating Southern secession and the Civil War, has any state of the Union so brazenly thumbed its nose at the federal government. (And not just on immigration; California also just became the largest state to legalize marijuana, setting up a separate but no less serious conflict with federal drug laws.) And, once again, it’s Democrats who are doing the thumbing.

The situation is rich in irony. Southern Democrats insisted they were acting constitutionally under the 10th Amendment by defying anti-slavery sentiment; Southern Democrats, after Lincoln was assassinated by one of their number, continued to wage a rear-guard action at the state level in the defeated South throughout the Andrew Johnson and Grant administrations; Southern Democrats continued to use the same argument during the Civil Rights movement to justify Jim Crow laws and the poll tax. It took not only acts of Congress to certify the plain outcome of the Civil War, but also a series of federal court decisions, backed up at times by troops.

Had Lincoln, and the country, dodged Booth’s bullet, there is a strong case to be made that he would have declared the Democratic Party a seditious organization and outlawed it—especially as Democrats demonstrated, through their postwar actions, that they had every intention of returning Lincoln’s “charity for all” of the second inaugural address, with malice toward him, the GOP, and the country at large.

Now California Democrats—as radical a group of anti-Americans as you will find in this country, whether legal or “undocumented”—have again fired on Fort Sumter. And once again (don’t kid yourselves), the goal is de facto and, later, de jure, secession from the United States of America, as part of the Aztlan-inspired Reconquista of what Hispanic radicals consider lost territory.

Never mind that California has been a state since 1850, and fought on the Union side in the Civil War. Never mind that California was settled by hard-working New Englanders and Midwesterners, who transformed it from a wilderness into the most prosperous and, later, largest, state in the Union. Never mind that, since the early 20th century, California has been the pot of gold at the end of the American rainbow, where both winners and losers went to seek their fortunes. The Mexicans, who failed to settle the territory properly in the first place, now want it back.

There’s another major irony at work here. When I was a boy, growing up in San Diego in the 1950s and early ‘60s, the governor of the state—then at its apogee—was Edmund G. “Pat” Brown, an affable Irish-Catholic Democrat who governed at first within the consensus of California political sentiment at the time, building infrastructure and raising the profile and quality of the University of California. Politically, Brown leaned to the left, to be sure, but was otherwise unremarkable, having followed the Republican Goodwin “Goody” Knight into office; it was only after his second term, after he’d radicalized and the state had begun to deteriorate, that he was defeated by Ronald Reagan.

Now the governor of California (as he was during my years in San Francisco in the late 1970s and early ’80s; and as he is again now, having nothing else to do) is Edmund G. Brown, Jr., better known as Jerry. Formerly a simply flaky novitiate who decided the priesthood would reduce his chances of dating Linda Ronstadt, Jerry has “evolved” into as hard a radical Leftist as you will find anywhere in office, living proof of the contemporary uselessness of a Jesuit education, and of the crushing guilt of certain members of the Irish Catholic community in America.

So now the feds are beefing up for battle with Jerry and his pro-illegal allies in Sacramento who passed the “California Values Act.”

Taking a jab at Gov. Jerry Brown, President Trump’s top immigration chief on Wednesday said he was preparing to “significantly increase” his agency’s enforcement presence in California because of last year’s passage of a landmark “sanctuary state” law.

“California better hold on tight,” Thomas Homan, acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said on Fox News. “They are about to see a lot more special agents, a lot more deportation officers.” The comments were the latest salvo between Trump immigration officials and California leaders over the law that took effect Jan. 1.

California has thus descended into a state of lawlessness masquerading as state law, and this will likely end about as well for the Golden State as the same shenanigans did for South Carolina in 1865. The Trump Administration, which is spoiling for this fight and will have it unless California backs down (which it won’t), is fixing to make an example of Brown. True, there doesn’t appear to be a man with the savvy and moral fiber of Ulysses S. Grant on the scene at the moment to enforce the Constitution—but in 1861, when war broke out, Grant was a retired Army officer struggling to operate a tanning business in Galena, Illinois. Three years later, he was the Lieutenant General in command of the entire Union army.

The issue of federal nullification was decisively settled by Lincoln, Grant, political will and force of arms. It’s to be hoped arms won’t be necessary to bring California and the renegade Democrats to heel, although a confrontation between, say, ICE agents and San Francisco cops could easily provoke it.

In the meantime, patriotic Californians might well consider a campaign of lawfare against “sanctuary” status:

  • Now that the residents of the state have been effectively laid bare to criminal aliens, law-abiding Californians should demand that the state lower their property valuations for tax purposes, and renters should demand rebates, given the greater jeopardy legal Californians now face both in person and in property. Hurt the state where it counts: taxes.
  • California federal taxpayers, who have been philosophically and practically disenfranchised as American citizens, and whose legal votes will now be nullified by an increasing number of illegals (who will soon enough demand and get the right to vote in American elections), should petition the federal government to reduce their federal tax liability until order is restored. What are they paying for?
  • Class-action lawsuits should be filed against Brown, et al., for disenfranchising lawful U.S. persons from the national government. Let’s test the limits of elected-official liability, if and when another Kate Steinle case occurs—as it almost inevitably will. Did you hear about this one?:

The father of a man killed by an illegal immigrant is “furious” about California’s sanctuary state status and he’s putting up a fight. Don Rosenberg’s son, Drew Rosenberg, was on his motorcycle in San Francisco in 2010 when a man who was in the United States illegally struck and killed him, running over his body several times in an apparent attempt to flee the scene.

Roberto Galo, a Honduran national, was convicted of misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter, sentenced to six months in jail and ultimately deported in 2013. Rosenberg said he’s “furious” about California’s sanctuary policy, and he hopes President Donald Trump’s Justice Department will go after state and local officials who refuse to cooperate with federal immigration officials.

He revealed that he’s working on an initiative that would repeal California’s sanctuary state law and require law enforcement to cooperate with ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement). He encouraged people to visit to donate or get involved.

The Left’s constant push to erode the legitimacy of the Constitution, which has been ongoing for decades, has now reached a critical stage. It’s time for pushback. As Lincoln said in his famous “house divided” speech of 1858, a nation cannot exist half-slave and half-free: “I do not expect the Union to be dissolved—I do not expect the house to fall—but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing or all the other.”

The solid-Democrat South wanted a slave state, and precipitated the bloodiest conflict in American history in order to get it. Today’s Democrats wish nothing less than to finish the job their forebears began in 1861: to destroy the United States of America as it’s existed since 1865.

“California values”: will the Trump administration let them get away with it?

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124 responses to “Sacramento Democrats Fire on Fort Sumter”

  1. We don’t need to have a shot fired. California can leave with our blessings. We will welcome the state of Jefferson the same day.

  2. As an overtaxed disenfranchised Californian I hope the president breaks out a huge can of whoop ass on Jerry Brown and Sacramento. California is too valuable to allow it to be taken over and ruined any further by traitorous Democrats and the public sector unions.

    • Reported last month – ‘half of all California residents now speak Spanish in the home’…

      Might be a bit late on the ‘ruined’ part.

      • I don’t debate that the Left has ruined California, but there’s plenty worth saving. Don’t forget California’s one party union run government was the template the Democrats saw for the rest of the country. Then came MAGA which proves anything is possible. If the president teaches California a lesson the base will rejoice. The stage is set and I don’t expect the president to shy away from this fight it’s too important.

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      • Mexicans flee mexico to California only to turn California into mexico but with better welfare and worse tacos.

      • so true, and they do have the worst tacos in the world. lmao

      • Our tacos are the tacos we Californians made before Americans stole California from Mexico. We make them with our regional ingredients, other Mexican lands make them in their own regional way too.

      • I think Mexico should be given back to Spain. It was theirs for longer than it has been Mexico and they did a better job of running it.

      • California was never mexican except by name. It was thinly peopled and had plenty of anglos in it before the revolution. It was the Americans who built it, peopled it and made it great.

      • Tell you what, you give Mexico back to the indigenous people. Live under the Aztecs. Then we will give California back to Mexico.

      • Three years ago, my husband and I flew to San Diego to take a cruise to Hawaii. We stayed a few days before the cruise in the US Grant Hotel, which was the second time we stayed there.

        We love that hotel and had no problems with Hispanics. What got me though, is when we took a tourist trolley over to “Old San Diego” where the city supposedly began. It seemed that the only language I heard being spoken was Spanish, with the exception of the shops where English, without accent, was spoken. I turned to my husband while walking around and asked him “What country are we in”?

      • You were in a country stolen from Mexico. What’s the problem you have with tourists from Mexico?

      • Looks like Mexico was taken from the Spanish who stole it from the Aztecs

      • aztecs never lived in california. Its the homeland of people like the Shoshone. The Mexicans arrived later as conquerors and colonisers.

      • All of the Spanish claims were taken by what is now Mexico that included the southwest of what is now the United States.

    • Wrong.

      The best thing to do is build the wall around California as well. MAGA!

  3. Good ol’ California – the nation’s 21st century Granola bowl. What ain’t fruits & nuts is flakes…

  4. Mr Walsh: Under no circumstances would Lincoln, (had he survived) moved against Democrats for treason. War and Unionist Democrats constituted at least half of Union generals, including Grant and Sherman. Unionist Democrats also gave Lincoln important indispensable political strength in border and western states. And then there’s this: He was even disinclined to prosecute the actual traitors—aboard the River Queen he famously gave Grant the wink and nod to let all Confederate leaders freedom to “disappear” over the border or ocean.

    • Grant was not a Democrat. But McClellan certainly was, and the Copperheads ran him against Lincoln in 1864. Anyway, who knows what Lincoln might have done had he not been murdered… by a Democrat?

      • Grant was a lifelong Democrat until he entered the Illinois militia in ‘61. He didn’t formally out himself as a Republican unto his first presidential run in ‘68.

      • His memoirs make it very clear where his political sympathies lay. Read them.

      • Nice try.

        But a man who touts titles and doesn’t bother to cite is not especially trustworthy. In the course of my chosen profession, I’ve been called several times to debunk academic frauds (which you are not, being only a man who substitutes bluster when caught out); so I thought I might save you the trouble of doing the actual work, since sources are at my fingertips and I doubt whether they are at your own.

        Perret, Geoffrey, Ulysses S. Grant: Soldier and President, (New York: Random House, 1997), 368; (joined the Republicans in 1867-1868)

        McFeely, William S., Grant: A Biography, (New York: Norton, 1981), 69-70; (voted for Buchanan in ’56, was not a qualified Illinois voter in ’60)

        Chernow, Ron, Grant, (New York: Penguin, 2017) 9; (recollects his unwillingness to support Lincoln in 1860)

        You mentioned but did not cite Grant’s Memoirs, which you obviously did not read. In the 1885 edition, Volume I, 215, Grant confirms his 1856 vote for Buchanan but beyond that, does not discuss his political position during the war. Anyone actually familiar with the Memoirs understands that it is the least political autobiography ever written by an ex-presiden and concludes with the war, which happened to be the least political period of Grant’s own life.

        You’re a fake. You bully on the assumption that your interlocutor is even more stupid than you are; alas, this evening your luck, such as it is, ran out. But, given the vastness of the Internet and your limitations, how could you know?

      • wow easy big boy. we are all here to share our thoughts and disagree like civil Americans. It does not matter what party Grant was with. What matters is that he was the General that ran down the south. Thats is what we are talking about. The land of Dixie was worth fighting for and so is California

      • I don’t have a horse in this race as I don’t know the History of Grant from the history of toadstool medicine, but I truly despise the type of post David made. It is simply a lazy glove-slap from a position of ignorance by someone who’s entire bet is that the other guy lacks either the will or convictions in their own knowledge to reply. It is terrible for discourse and is nothing less than a confidence game.

      • William: my response may have erred on the spicy side but nothing is more civil than asking for evidence, or in its absence, providing some.

      • Pretty sure you didn’t set out to demonstrate you’re an arrogant a-hole, but alas this evening you kinda did.

      • I think the arrogance is Mr Kahane’s. If I contradict you in the command tense (“Read them.”) I better be damn sure of one of two things: either I know what I’m talking about or you don’t.

        Kahane struck out on both fronts. And look at this way: the minuscule few who read this thread will never mistake Grant for a wartime Republican.

      • Most people can’t and won’t, the will wait till it’s on You Tube.

      • Sadly, true. But then most demo-educated people can’t really read digest and comprehend.

      • You can’t change history which means the Democrats will always own their despicable record on civil rights.

      • The US government spent more money on the Civil War than it would have cost to purchase the freedom of every slave in America. Lincoln followed the path which instead led to 600,000 American deaths.

        WHAT. A. HERO.

      • Lincoln met the Slavers ON the path. Head on. Revisionist!

      • The proposal to end slavery by what amounted to eminent domain (the government taking title to the slaves with compensation and then freeing them, which is what Great Britain did,) was torpedoed by the radical abolitionists.

      • What a great idea and then to have given them first class tickets back to their original home to be united with their loving families.

  5. Times are different now. What percentage of California is on the Federal teat? I’d give ’em a week to comply and resend their sanctuary ideas.. publicly… or the Treasury shall be directed to withhold all Federal payments to anyone in California. All aid, grants, bonds, etc, suspended until further notice. Make it clear, no games. No violence. Just coercion good and hard.

    • Can’t. SCOTUS has previously ruled that Federal payments unrelated to immigration enforcement may not be withheld because CA is defying Federal immigration law.

      • What law is being defied? States can’t enforce immigration law on their own, the feds’ own courts have so ruled. So what’s your beef, that California is aggressively obeying federal law?

  6. The garrison at “Fort Sumpter” should send a boat ashore, crewed by ICE. They arrest Jerry Brown, row back across the bay to the Fort, give Jerry his fair trial then promptly hang the SOB.
    Ain’t no Jefferson Davis gonna ride out for more of the same, would be beginning of the end to this madness.

  7. Sell UC Berkeley to Disney. Turn the campus into a theme park showing the bloody history of Communism since Marx published his Communist Manifesto in 1848. The Berkeley Communist Party ran the State of California into the ground.

  8. The DOJ simply needs to use the Supreme Court decision against Arizona being involved in immigration that the left so loved just a few years ago and sue to get all sanctuary policies ruled unconstitutional

  9. As an overtaxed disenfranchised Californian I hope the president breaks out a huge can of whoop ass on Jerry Brown and Sacramento. California is too valuable to allow it to be taken over and ruined any further by traitorous Democrats and the public sector unions.

  10. There is some truth in this article, but a lot of BS also.

  11. Jerry Brown had better watch himself, given Trump’s emulation of Jackson:
    “I will hang the first man I can lay my hand on engaged in such treasonable conduct, upon the first tree I can reach.”
    – Andrew Jackson to South Carolina Nullifiers, 1830

  12. If whacko Calif did secede with its millions of freeloading welfare parasites,then the GOP would have a lock on the electorate of the rest of the country by virtue of numbers alone

    • Time for Trump to declare new ‘national reserves’ of the fire ravaged areas, the major pot farms, the silicone vally Hs. Pull these out of the public use, and protect CA and the USA. BHO did this as was hailed when he gutted a large part of the western states in his landgrabs.

  13. There is a move afoot in California to secede from the Union. Is there any way the people of the United States can vote on this. I think that we need to assist the Californians in their efforts. Disaster aid for fires, pending earthquakes massive illegal immigration, highest homelessness in the United States, possibly it would be best for the country to have California secede. The only expense we would run into would be a wall between the PRC(Peoples Republic of California) and the United States.

    • “There is a move afoot in California to secede from the Union.”–ebenezeer

      Not really. The whole idea is largest in the minds of Trump fanatics. It began as idle chatter among a couple dozen sore loser Democrats who got together to commiserate post-Nov. 8 and would have died out had not a million-plus sore winner Trumpists kept the idea alive and even enlarged it a whole bunch.

      By the way, how’s Trump doing in the lesser 49 states on keeping his promise to deport all the illegals? To deport all the Muslims (he promised to do that too)? And how’s Trump doing on his promise to make Mexico pay for his wall?

      Really, all the sound and fury over California is just a ploy by Trump to distract his rubes from the fact that he’s failing to keep the promises that lured the rubes to him in 2015 and 2016.

  14. Actually, it would only take a little push to push whacko Calif back into line. The political leadership of Calif has no character,backbone honesty,ethics or morality. They have a feudal mindset electorate who will vote for whoever “el patron” or” el jefe “tells them to vote for.

    • I believe one of the problems of getting this fixed will be that California Federal judges will continue to suck the teat of liberalism which will gum up the works with injunctions and the likes and stop all forward movement.

  15. As much as Cali needs to be brought to heel, I wish the author would have found some other way to articulate than his shallow understanding of the Civil War.

    it wasn’t just slavery that the South was fighting. 90% of the tax revenues for the Federal Government were coming from the South and it was being spent in the North and in the Western expansion. THAT is what they were really pissed off about. It was Northern protectionism.

    Slavery needed to end, don’t get me wrong. The South’s 1% wanted it, the churches were actually saying that it was “OK” but Virginia didn’t want anything to do with it seceding until Lincoln wanted Virginia to not only supply troops but let them cross their territory to get to S.C. which was a violation of the Militia Act of 1795 and other laws.

    The final outcome of the Civll War was the end of slavery and its spreading to the territories (which I am relieved) but let’s stop the 9th grade oversimplification of the Civil War. It was a hell of a lot more complicated.

    Until you arrest Moonbeam for sedition there will be problems.

    • If you do not pretend that the Civil war was fought with the intent of FREEING THE SLAVES!!!! then the Union no longer holds the moral high ground. You also no longer get to associate States Rights = Slavery. Admitting that there was anything other than North=good South=bad means you might have to question the moral certainty of an expansive and all powerful federal government.

      The 9th grade oversimplification keeps the useful idiots ignorant. It will be the way the war is defined for some time to come. They teach it in government indoctrination centers.

      Even questioning the Sainthood of Lincoln is probably an indication of RACIST!!!!!1!!

      • You Dolt, read your history. May I suggest “The Hammer of Lincoln ” was never about slavery, you think 19th century American men and their mothers and wives fought to free the black man. lmao

      • Please read President Lincoln’s letter to Horace Greeley. Here is an excerpt:

        “If there be those who would not save the Union, unless they could at the same time save slavery, I do not agree with them. If there be those who would not save the Union unless they could at the same time destroy slavery, I do not agree with them. My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or to destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it, and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone I would also do that. What I do about slavery, and the colored race, I do because I believe it helps to save the Union;..”

      • You mean Karl Marx’s penpal? You mean that Abraham Lincoln? ;)

      • I have never heard that before now. Hey, at least Lincoln could truthfully claim that he didn’t know that Marxism would be responsible for the deaths of 100,000,000 in the twentieth century alone.

    • Mr. Walsh’s grasp of antebellum America appears rather loose. South Carolina didn’t fire on Fort Sumter until April, 1861; Texas had left the Union the previous February 1st, being the 7th and final State to secede prior to the bombardment. As there were only 11 States who officially did so, South Carolina’s cannons at Charleston cannot truthfully be said to have “precipitated” Southern secession. And the South wasn’t “solid-Democrat” before the War, either. Has Michael Walsh never heard of a “Cotton” Whig? Is he somehow unaware the Abe Lincoln he’s evidently so familiar with – who was a Whig – had a good friend in Congress, one Alexander Stephens of Georgia, who WAS one (Whig), before the War and his career as Vice-President of the Confederate States?

      • I really strongly suggest we need to figure out a way a better way to teach about the Civil War. It is complex but it never gets fleshed out. I didn’t know about the Whigs. Thank you for that.

    • As a Southern born and bred gentleman, I prefer to call what others call the Civil War the War of Northern Aggression.

      • Ive sure heard that before from some of Virginia associates. I like it.

      • A lotta frustrated Trumpists dream of a bloody War of Eastern Aggression. They’re sick.

      • In my family, we called it the War for Southern Independence. Either is more correct than “civil war”.
        In a civil war, two or more factions strive for control of a government. The South had no desire to rule the North; they just wanted to be left alone.

      • You could also call it “War for Southern Independence” or the “Southern Rebellion” (even Sherman called it that) or the “late great unpleasantness”. But – be sure to pronounce it “Woah of Noathen Aggreshun” to rub it in further ;)

        The Civil War was between Caesar and Pompei but I figure the Cali people would be confused.

    • Tennessee was like Virginia in that respect. After Fort Sumter, there was a referendum, and Tennesseans voted overwhelmingly to remain in the Union. After Lincoln called for troops to use arms against a sister state, one which had removed itself from association with the Union, TN held another referendum, and secession was approved.

      • and yet they refuse to teach these nuances in even High School.

  16. Whenever I read articles dealing with American Justice, our laws, and the enforcement of it I get a slight queezy feeling. That is due to the fact that they lack credibility. It is due to a lack of enforcing laws we have illegals pouring into America all the way to Sanctuary cities.
    I remember writing comments shocked that monuments can be ripped down with no permits allowing them to do that. I would comment that I cannot even urinate on one of these monuments without getting arrested if not ticketed and yet mobs tore down monuments and Trump did nothing.

  17. You guys need a new website designer to get rid of all the crazy animations and javascript. Way to busy and “nervous”. Simple and clean is the way to go.

  18. This article certainly conflates a number of very different issues. Marijuana legalization and allowing free run to illegals are two totally different animals. One is a specifically assigned Constitutional duty of the U.S. Federal Gov’t; the other is not.

    FYI – the author also seems to know little about the causes of the Civil War, and the many years a number of southern states petitioned for fair taxation and trade. Ya know, kinda like our founding fathers did 100 years prior.

    • “Marijuana legalization and allowing free run to illegals are two totally different animals.”

      And the second will be used to resolve the first. You want the Fed to look the other way on weed? Then you end sanctuary state. Or else there will be asset forfeiture of commercial real estate on a scale unheard of, and don’t let Hollyweird or Sillycon Valley fool you, Commercial real estate is the real power in California. They will destroy the state Democratic Party if they have to.

      • Very intriguing. Sounds like the kind of move that few would see coming.

      • Trump was around for the LAST time California’s commercial real estate sector slagged the national financial industry (the S&L crisis) and got away with it.

        He understands that they are the real power in California.

  19. The left lives, and has for some time now, with a different set of rules. When I see hillary charged with her crimes I will again think of the USA as a Nation with laws that matter.

  20. Once you start selective enforcement of the laws, the judges become dictators as they now are in California.

  21. Good article for me and many things I could say in response to it, but I’ll try to keep to just a couple.
    – California population is unfairly being OVERrepresented in the U.S. Census. Illegals Are currently counted as state residents in the census, THIS POLICY NEEDS TO BE ENDED. This has significant downstream consequences. When they are included Calif gets additional House seats, additional Electoral votes in presidential elections, & additional federal funding. California politicians have conspired to commit this corrupt action. Where they fail to grow their legal native population, they succeed in importing illegals and falsely boost their population.
    – No on secession. Many commenters flippantly agree to allow Calif to secede from the Union. We have to adamantly say NO. First, that question was answered with the Union victory in the War between the States. Secondly, Calif is a valuable economic part of our union. And thirdly, we can not allow a state gov’t to become corrupted and through these corrupt actions to cause good relations within our union to dissolve to the point that secession is seen as the solution to our disagreements.

    • You should read your US Constitution over again. Carefully. When you get around to doing that, notice that it rarely makes mention of citizens–usually it refers to persons. The US Constitution mandates a decennial census of persons. Well, kiddo, perhaps you mistakenly hold the belief that your “illegals” aren’t persons. Maybe you don’t consider them human. That’s an ugly belief and the US Supreme Court doesn’t hold with that. (So if you do, you’ve got a bigger problem than you imagine.)

  22. Easy fast solution. First enforce federal laws in California b using ICE or, if necessary, federal troops. While enforcing federal laws, cut off all federal funding for everything in California. (call it the bill for paying for law enforcement) Every penny. Next, prosecute all officials starting with the governor, and all of the legislators who voted for the sanctuary law. Lastly, prosecute all mayors and police chiefs who enforced the sanctuary laws.

    I suspect that cutting off all federal monies will bring the leftists into line immediately.

  23. Look at the efforts to close down crises pregnancy centers. If you are unfamiliar with what all these places do, look into it.
    To me, this would be like trying to close down suicide hotlines because you think access to suicide is non-negotiable.

  24. I was reading the Madison Wisc newspaper online. Madison is as leftwing as the most leftwing part of California, only much much more white. (white as Portland). But there must be a sizable hispanic population as the story was about the various hispanic groups getting together to defy President Trump and keep illegals in Madison. The thing that surprised me (but it shouldn’t) is how open the illegals are. And how the other Mexicans in Madison want open borders. The idea that we should have any border security at all is very offensive to these people.

    Imagine an entire state being like this.

  25. How about denying student visas to colleges in sanctuary states and cities. That would get their attention right away. Take away the H1s too.

  26. Just get Kim III to nuke San F@g and LA.
    30 million dead shitlibs in an afternoon and we get to rebuild on their ashes.

    • There’s a lot of Trumpists like you who revel in fantasies of mass killings and blood. You’re sick.

      If you want more #Resistance, that’s how you get more #Resistance.

  27. I can say this. It’s about time someone (anyone) stood up and pushed back. Those Californians that don’t like the U.S. Constitution ought to sell their zhit and leave the country. All of us would be better off.

    • The US Constitution makes immigration a federal matter. So what’s your beef with California following the US Constitution?

  28. Lock Jerry Brown up:

    8 USC 1324 Bringing in and harboring certain aliens

    A) Any person who—

    (iii) knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that an alien has come to, entered, or remains in the United States in violation of law, conceals, harbors, or shields from detection, or attempts to conceal, harbor, or shield from detection, such alien in any place, including any building or any means of transportation;


    (I) engages in any conspiracy to commit any of the preceding acts, or

    (II) aids or abets the commission of any of the preceding acts,

    shall be punished as provided in subparagraph (B).

    (B) A person who violates subparagraph (A) shall, for each alien in respect to whom such a violation occurs—

    (ii) in the case of a violation of subparagraph (A)(ii), (iii), (iv), or (v)(II), be fined under title 18, imprisoned not more than 5 years, or both;

    • You appear unfamiliar with the very law you cited. Jerry Brown hasn’t concealed or whatever any illegals. The illegals are right there for Trump’s ICE cops to see if they only go out and look. Gov. Brown is just not allowing the feds to commandeer California state resources for their own purposes. The feds can do their own job,* the feds’ own courts have ruled that the State of California may not enforce immigration laws on its own, so let the feds do it. Are you so unhappy that California’s state government has chosen to aggressively obey federal law as the feds’ own courts have interpreted it? If so, you have big, big problems.

      * the feds were unwilling to properly enforce federal immigration law for decades and decades and when first California (Prop. 187) and later Arizona (SB1070) stepped up to do something about being overrun by illegals, the federal government quashed their efforts–so now those who hate California so much may be blown off with a shout of, “You did it to yourselves!”

      • Jerry Brown hasn’t concealed or whatever any illegals.


        He and the legislature are engaging in a conspiracy to keep the Federal authorities from finding illegal aliens in their state. They have been quite explicit about it.

        They have never said in any of this that they just want to keep ICE from using California LE to do their jobs. It’s always been about keeping families together, etc.

      • The families could stay together if they hadn’t decide to illegally cross the border into a foreign country. They can stay together and go home. They are criminals. Period. They didn’t care about their family staying together when they decided to become criminals, we don’t care about it in prosecuting them. Anyone here illegally needs to leave. The entire mess was created by liberals promising sanctuary and dangling amnesty. They created the incentive. The broken families are their fault, and the fault of the criminals who believed them, not that of those who want the laws enforced.

  29. When law enforcement fails, or is entirely absent, the people’s right to defend themselves remains. This particular problem doesn’t require light infantry militia units but would probably yield good results from an intelligence unit or two.

    Can California have secret prisoners? If not (and I hope that it can’t) public inquiries as to prisoner identification can turn into to private requests for immigration status and for the feds to be waiting at the prison doors when an illegal immigrant is released.

  30. Michael Walsh is so cute.

    The acting director of U.S. Immigration
    and Customs Enforcement says politicians who run sanctuary cities should
    be charged with crimes.

    What crime would that be? Minding their own business is not a crime. The feds can’t compel states to enforce federal law, ever heard of separation of powers? Dual sovereignty?

    The federal government’s own courts have ruled that states may not enforce immigration laws on their own. So let the feds enforce their own laws. Trump’s acting ICE director is acting out, if he can’t do his job maybe Trump should tell him, “You’re fired!”

    • What crimes would they be?


      8 USC 1324 Bringing in and harboring certain aliens

      A) Any person who—

      (iii) knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that an alien has come to, entered, or remains in the United States in violation of law, conceals, harbors, or shields from detection, or attempts to conceal, harbor, or shield from detection, such alien in any place, including any building or any means of transportation;


      (I) engages in any conspiracy to commit any of the preceding acts, or

      (II) aids or abets the commission of any of the preceding acts,

      shall be punished as provided in subparagraph (B).

      (B) A person who violates subparagraph (A) shall, for each alien in respect to whom such a violation occurs—

      (ii) in the case of a violation of subparagraph (A)(ii), (iii), (iv), or (v)(II), be fined under title 18, imprisoned not more than 5 years, or both;


      8 USC 1373 Communication between government agencies and the Immigration and Naturalization Service

      (a) In general

      Notwithstanding any other provision of Federal, State, or local law, a Federal, State, or local government entity or official may not prohibit, or in any way restrict, any government entity or official from sending to, or receiving from, the Immigration and Naturalization Service information regarding the citizenship or immigration status, lawful or unlawful, of any individual.

      (b) Additional authority of government entities Notwithstanding any other provision of Federal, State, or local law, no person or agency may prohibit, or in any way restrict, a Federal, State, or local government entity from doing any of the following with respect to information regarding the immigration status, lawful or unlawful, of any individual:

      (1) Sending such information to, or requesting or receiving such information from, the Immigration and Naturalization Service.

      (2) Maintaining such information.

      (3) Exchanging such information with any other Federal, State, or local government entity.

      (c) Obligation to respond to inquiries

      The Immigration and Naturalization Service shall respond to an inquiry by a Federal, State, or local government agency, seeking to verify or ascertain the citizenship or immigration status of any individual within the jurisdiction of the agency for any purpose authorized by law, by providing the requested verification or status information.

    • Minding their own business is not a crime.


      Actually it can be a crime:

      18 USC 4 Misprison of felony

      Whoever, having knowledge of the actual commission of a felony cognizable by a court of the United States, conceals and does not as soon as possible make known the same to some judge or other person in civil or military authority under the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.

  31. Let ’em secede, then conquer them and make them a non-voting territory. Secession of California would dramatically change Presidential election tallies and the balance in the House.

  32. (who will soon enough demand and get the right to vote in American elections)

    Too late, California gives drivers licenses to illegal aliens.And when they go to the DMV to get their licenses, the helpful folks who “work” at the DMV offer to register them to vote…

  33. Secession is a very American value. Lincoln was a tyrant and the worst president this nation has ever had.

    • The South didn’t want to secede, they wanted to undermine Lincoln’s presidency which is exactly what liberals are doing to Trump.

  34. Looks like a work in progress. I would still vote for California to secede and build a wall between California and the US.

  35. See Vox Day’s commentary on Walsh’s essay at Vox Day’s blog. Excerpt:

    “Immigration is invasion. It always has been. And if you’re dumb enough to believe otherwise, well, don’t cry when you lose your territory and your ability to rule yourself, because it is absolutely and inevitably going to happen. And, to be blunt, you deserve to lose it, because you refused to defend it. America is endangered and the USA is in its death throes because Americans were stupid enough to swallow their own bullshit when it was fed to them in a poisoned variant. The astonishing idiocy of Americans, who believed that invading foreigners would genuinely sacrifice the interests of themselves, their families, and their peoples in order to become imitation Americans will be marveled at by future historians. It may well prove to be the single stupidest, most self-destructive act by a powerful nation since Moctezuma allowed himself to be captured by Cortes as ‘a diplomatic gesture.'”

  36. California is in the process of surrendering to the Reconquista. The invasion of the USA since 1965 has produced many such areas but CA, as usual, leads them all. Use of force to keep the Union together will work as well as it did for Rome, the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and the Soviet Union. It will work in the short run but fail in the long run.

  37. Nothing– nothing– is more important to the Left than mass immigration.

    It’s how they’ll get a permanent majority, and they know it.

    Yet the Republicans have, for decades now, ceded the issue to them– mainly because it’s Chamber Of Commerce wing just wants cheap labor.

    The GOP is literally committing suicide, and they will take all of conservative America with them.

  38. Frankly I’m an advocate of Col. Tom Kratman’s plan that California secede so that we can then recognize it, mobilize against it, invade it, conquer it, crush it, execute its leaders (after a trial of course!) and then restructure as a territory sin suffragio en perpetua, never to be allowed to vote in national elections like Guam and Puerto Rico. I would add allow the ‘red’ portion of Northern California to become the state of Jefferson and take the place of California as a State. :)

  39. Declare CA State Govt to be in insurrection.
    Block all water, gas, oil, electricity into the state.
    Impose air, land and water blockade.
    Direct all Federal employees to vacate the state or be fired.
    Issue letters of Marque and reprisal allowing US citizens the right to pillage and plunder.
    Arrest all state, county, city officials and seize their assets.

    See how long the insurrection lasts.

  40. Secession was settled in America during the Civil War. Hundreds of thousands died. Cali is not leaving at the ballot box. There is no mechanism in the Constitution for legal secession.

  41. The South wanted freedom to be cut away from the Union (which was supposed to be voluntary).

  42. Democrats lost America’s first Civil War because they enslaved Black people. Democrats are going to lose America’s second Civil War because they attempted to enslave white men…

    When peaceful recourse is denied, violent redress becomes justified, it becomes manifold.

  43. We should revoke their statehood and return them to territorial status.

  44. RICO lawsuits against the elected officers of the State, as well as against the Legislature. Also, time to reconstitute the militia.

  45. Michael, I’m in total agreement with the thrust of your article. However:
    “Let’s be as clear about this as we
    possibly can: not since South Carolina fired on Fort Sumter, thus
    precipitating Southern secession and the Civil War, has any state of the
    Union so brazenly thumbed its nose at the federal government.”

    …is factually wrong. Before Fort Sumter was fired upon on 4 April 1861, there had already been seven secessions–SC, MS, FL, AL, GA, LA & TX.

  46. Republicans are all about states rights and local rule until it’s progressive values a state wants. Suppose a majority of Californians want open borders? We already know a majority support marijuana. Why should the Feds come in and change the way Californians want California to be?
    Or……Maybe it is time to recognize America is not one country. I think it is time to decentralize. Break up America in to 5 or 6 republics with home rule. Cali/Pacifica [CA, OR, WA] can be a socialist paradise, (with an economy larger than all but 5 countries) and the South came become a theocratic dictatorship under Lord Roy Moore.

  47. Might want to think about supporting the State of Jefferson. There is a lot of support in the Northern Counties to form the 51st State of Jefferson and deal a huge blow to the liberals in Southern California. 21 Northern Rural California Counties only have 9 Representatives up against 111 Representatives for the rest of the state! If you want to deliver a blow to California Liberal Democrats consider supporting the State of Jefferson!

  48. Is there anything the rest of us can do to expedite this process?