Trump Victory Gives New Life to #Calexit Secession Movement
More than 100 of the biggest names in Silicon Valley signed a post on Medium in July to express their fear of a Trump presidency: “We have listened to Donald Trump over the past year, and we have concluded: Trump would be a disaster for innovation.”
Shervin Pishevar kicked out the stone that unleashed an avalanche of Silicon Valley support for California’s secession when the early Uber investor told CNN in an email that he “would fund a legitimate campaign for California to become its own nation.”
Marc Hemeon, the founder of Design Inc., tweeted, “Let me know what I can do to help.”
Great minds must think alike. Dave Morin, a founder of Path, a private social networking tool, tweeted, “I was literally just going to tweet this. I’m in and will partner with you on it.”
And then there is Oregon, where Jennifer Rollins, a lawyer, and writer Christian Trejbal have started the Oregon Secession Act petition drive, also hoping for a place on the 2018 ballot.
And like the #Calexit referendum organizers, Rollins and Trejbal said this is about more than just Donald Trump. It’s really about all of the Trumpians and everyone else in the U.S. who just doesn’t get it.
“Oregonian values are no longer the values held by the rest of the United States,” Trejbal told the Oregonian. “Life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness, and equality.”
However, unlike their colleagues in secession at #Calexit, Trejbal said he and Rollins are looking beyond the borders of Oregon.
They want California, Washington and Nevada to join Oregon in the creation of a new nation, which some like-minded secessionists have said could be named “Cascadia.”
Too bad for them there isn’t a chance of this happening. At least that is the opinion of Kermit Roosevelt, a constitutional law professor at the University of Pennsylvania.
Roosevelt explained no matter what happens with the 2018 referendum votes in California, Oregon, or wherever the exit fever strikes, secessionists would also have to work on adding an amendment to the U.S. Constitution. He said there simply is no legal framework in place now for a state to break away from the rest of the nation.
“There is no way this will happen,” Roosevelt told the San Francisco Chronicle. “I’m not surprised people are talking about it. If the election had gone differently, it would be Texas trying to do this. But it’s not realistic.”