Louis Marinelli, the chairman of the Yes California campaign to establish California as its own independent (people’s) republic, responds in the Sacramento Bee to my recent column thumbing my nose at the whole dopey scheme. Here’s the crux, I think:
Look, the United States claims to be the freest country in the world. We ought to enjoy the fundamental right of self-determination, and if we so determine, self-rule.
Then California can sign a military base agreement with the Americans to lease land for their existing bases. California will not be hostile towards them, but our immigrants will be protected from them.
Additionally, by keeping the tens (sometimes hundreds) of billions of dollars we lose each year supporting red states that hate California, we will reduce our debts, fund our liabilities, and provide every Californian with a debt-free college education and universal healthcare.
I’m not the least bit persuaded, but your mileage may vary. Read the rest here.