CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ HAS BECOME A NIGHTMARE
California, that once mythical lure of dreams of gold, wealth, fame, and fortune has become a quagmire of disillusion and despair as evidenced by so many heading to the Exits as fast as possible. Let’s take a look at why, and a remedy to bring prosperity and happiness back to its residents of the once Golden State.
History of How We Got Here
What happened to the dream? California was doomed to this fate from the start with a badly written constitution excluding whole parts of its population and limiting that which is the basis of a Republican form of government, Representation of the People. Representation is so important to the balance of our country it was placed in the first Article, Section 2. The Executive branch is in line after Congress and the Judicial branch is third. All three branches are critical to our government of checks and balances so that no one person or branch has controlling power. California’s constitution should have mirrored the U.S. Constitution, but the authors of California’s constitution seem to have been more interested in controlling the People than serving the People, so they put in laws instead of guides. The making of laws is the duty of the legislature. Instead of guiding the future, they locked it in by stating that the Assembly would increase in size until the population reached 100,000 then it would remain at 80 and the Senate at 40. Those numbers must have seemed immense in 1849 but an event called the Gold Rush happened and 100,000 was reached within 4 years and has never retreated. Today the population, though decreasing in the past 7 years, is estimated at almost 40,000,000 (40 Million) and is still represented by 80 and 40; that means that your assembly representative’s ratio to constituents is 500,000 and your senator’s is 1,000,000. Don’t you think it strange that few seem to find this outrageous? Doesn’t lack of Representation make the motto on the flag, ‘California Republic’ a joke?
A constitution represents the heart and soul of the people who made it and the state it governs. In 1879 the governing powers had a chance to rectify their mistakes but chose not to. Over the decades The People have tried to regain their control through Propositions and Term Limits, which are both disastrous ways to run anything because Propositions are Direct Democracy, not Representation, and Term Limits limit the Power of the People more than the system they are trying to control. Neither of these constitutional amendments have solved the problem of too few representatives for too many constituents. Had that problem been addressed, neither of the others would have been needed. Has the issue simply been overlooked because of indifference and acceptance by the People over time? or is it contrived control and manipulation? OR BOTH?
The many discussions about what kind of government the United States should have hinged largely around the point of Representation. As in the summary of The Federalist and Anti Federalist Papers: what makes America’s Republicanism work is its diffusion into many parts, called States that are also Republics. The Founders called it a ‘CONFEDERATE GOVERNMENT’. A government where the states and the people therein are in confederation with one another. (Because the use of that word now connotates the Civil War, we prefer to use the word Alliance.) This gives the People more opportunities to manage their government through their local state representatives and their congressional representatives. Rightfully so, the Founders were exceedingly cautious of Central Control from which they had just fought a war to free themselves.
The key to good government administration is to keep the makers of the laws as close to the People of all stations in life as justifiable. It was/is important that university trained people serve alongside trades people to keep the government at a level of both inspiration and experience as another check and balance on the sovereignty of the government made by, of and for all the People, and to keep our generation from war.
Returning to the poorly written California constitution, whole communities were excluded in 1849 such as Chinese, Mexican and Native Americans which issue was addressed and corrected by Amendment XV to the U.S. Constitution. The other issue of Representation in a Republican form of government has not been addressed except to limit it federally to 435 representatives in the Peoples’ House. The California constitution limited representation to 80 in the Assembly and 40 in the Senate when the population reached 100,000, which it did in 1852! Consequently, since the governing body in 1879 and later has not wanted to address the issue because, in the beginning, of what ‘kind’ of People it would open the doors to, and, in the beginning and the end, the Special Interests of both political parties wanted to protect their ‘turf’, not the interests of the People they ‘served’. Hence the word “Republic” in the California constitution and on flag stands for nothing. 80 in the Assembly now represent at last guess, about 40 million people or, just under 500,000 constituents per representative and the Senate’s ratio is 1 per 1,000,000, that’s ½ Million and 1 Million! The doors to the Capitol in Sacramento are effectively closed to the People. The many colors of California’s culture and population have been smothered by its large population Districts. Diversity is dead. California’s Assembly has the worst ratio of representation among the states, second only to the federal U.S. House of Representatives.
For those educated in California schools, the words Republican or Republic in this context have nothing to do with a political party but rather a form of government that is to give the power to the People who created it through their elected, local representative as a clone of the People’s needs, desires, and right to happiness in their respective Assembly and Senate Districts, as opposed to a Democracy, to which the Founders of the U.S. Constitution rightfully objected. When a Republican form of government is restricted to a few representatives, they are no longer representing the will of the People but rather the will of the Bosses.
This is by design and regardless of Term Limits or other forms of ‘feel good’ Propositions, The People lose. The Bosses win.
You must understand the History, to understand the Problem, otherwise we will go off into all directions and accomplish nothing of value for our future generations. This is the best and most opportune time for rational people with an understanding of the importance of good government and how to achieve it, to come together, take action and make drastic and bold changes as in 1776….."All experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.”
PROBLEMS IN FANTASY LAND
Using what we think we know, let’s evaluate the current situation of the State of California. California is going through another upheaval of governance. Since a law was passed in 1911 to allow recalls, there have been 55 attempts to remove a governor with only 1 successful attempt in 2003. This statistic alone shows how many Californian’s have been unhappy with their government over a span of 110 years. Add to that the current ‘pandemic’, the numbers moving away, and the current recall effort to remove Gavin Newsom from office. Nothing more is needed to prove that California has lost its luster and its way. The very term, “how goes California, goes the nation” sends waves of fear down the backs of many Americans who are watching and are ashamed of the very name California.
IT’S TIME TO BRING LOCAL, SMALLER, REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT, BACK TO THE PEOPLE OF ALL COLORS
RED, WHITE, AND BLUE
ARE YOU TIRED OF DODGING THE POTHOLES?
ARE YOU ONE OF THOSE READY TO TAKE THE EXIT?
California is the third largest in square miles and the most populated of the 50 states. Originally California was intended to be 2 or even 3 states. Because of the issue of slavery, and the Missouri Compromise it was decided California would enter the union as one (1) free state. Attempts have been made over the succeeding years to rectify this problem without success. Most recently we have the northern State of Jefferson, and the 3 states of New California none of which have a chance in Hades of working. Why? The reason these plans fail is because the movements have narrowly based agendas to free where the supporters live and not what is beneficial for the population of the state-as-a-whole. Outside of all being Americans and following the U.S. Constitution, the people of Redding have little in common with the people of San Diego or Monterey, the people of Monterey have little in common with the people of Bakersfield, etc., etc. To remove just 23 counties from northern California or only Los Angeles and the Bay Area is being selective in the extreme. It’s not even a problem of rural versus urban as much as the commonality of geography which becomes the commonality of culture which becomes the commonality of commerce and interdependence between rural and urban areas. Many try to make it a difference of political ideologies, but that doesn’t work over a span of time because politics can change from election to election as we’ve seen happen in California since 1849.
Geography does not change. Economies and lifestyle are built around the geography of a region. California’s geography is the most diverse of all the states. California is comprised of high elevations of the Sierras and Cascades to the lowest elevation of Death Valley, coasts of the Pacific to inland deserts, high rain/snowfall areas to drought prone areas, valleys of agriculture to cities of technology all within a land area of 155,779 square miles (163,696 total) and a people density of 249 per square mile if spread equally over the state. It’s 997 miles from the CA/OR border to the CA/MEX border, between 2,319 to 1,604 miles and many hours by road through miles of heavy traffic.
This state is simply too large to be manageable by any party or combination because it encompasses too many cultures of people, land, and weather. Compare California’s 163,696 sq. miles to states like Kentucky 39,486, New Jersey 7,554, Maryland 9,707, and West Virginia 24,038. etc.
California ranks number 1 in population of the United States and number 34 in the world. Los Angeles alone has 10 million people, the Bay Area has 6 million, while of the 58 counties that comprise California, 14 counties together in the northern region only total 900,000 people and 9 counties in the central inland total 2 million. These sample figures alone show why so many people feel disenfranchised and heavily burdened by their government and why so many chose to leave.
In the past 7 years in a row, more people have left California than moved into California; 650,000 people left in 2019 and 480,000 moved in. Most moving in were going to high paid technology jobs in LA and the Bay Area. Most reasons given for moving were high cost of living, high taxes, and political culture.
California is a BIG STATE, to the detriment of the people who live there.
California is a FAILED STATE as compared to the other 50 states:
#1 Highest Poverty Rate
#1 Highest Income Tax
#1 Worst for Quality of Life - 2 years
#1 Worst Business Climate
#2 Highest Gas Taxes
#2 Highest Homeless Population
#43 in Fiscal Solvency
#43 in Education
California’s debt is at least $275 Billion plus $1.3 Trillion unfunded liabilities for the Public Employees Retirement System and $100 Billion unfunded for the State Teachers Retirement.
The consensus being the only good thing left in California is the WEATHER.
Our form of government was not set up for large states and large populations because it is based upon LOCAL PARTICIPATION FROM THE PEOPLE OF ALL LEVELS OF SOCIETY. All the original 13 states were small as compared to the larger states that came during the westward expansion. At the time, the western states were so sparsely populated, local representation was not an issue like it is today for several western states.
There are many causes and many years of corrupt and incompetent government that have led up to where we are today. If one believes that California’s government was based on the U. S. Constitution, then one also believes that government is established for the People who are to control it from the bottom up, not the top down. California and the nation are in peril because The People have lost control of their government through what was intended by the Founders to be governments of local representation, thus local control.
California has the worst representation ratio to constituent in the nation because it is the most populated. Why does that matter? California has lost its diversity of representation. The representative districts are so large that they have all but eliminated from government the mixture of cultural difference that once made California vibrant. Districts of 500,000 and 1 million put smaller pockets of cultural and/or political differences within the districts at a disadvantage and creates resentment of disassociation. The residents of California have no meaningful way to hold their representatives accountable because they are not LOCAL; this cannot change without a constitutional amendment to make California’s elected employees, elected to service, not as a career, and not for CONTROL OVER THE PEOPLE, which is backwards.
THE TIME HAS COME FOR ALL GOOD PEOPLE OF CALIFORNIA TO RISE UP AND TAKE BACK, NOT THEIR CURRENT STATE, BUT THEIR U.S. CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO SOVEREIGNTY, BY FORMING NEW STATES AS SHOULD HAVE BEEN DONE 170 YEARS AGO. THE DIFFERENCE NOW IS THAT INSTEAD OF 2 OR 3 STATES, CALIFORNIA’S SIZE, POPULATION AND GEOGRAPHY CALLS FOR THE PARTITION OF CALIFORNIA INTO 8 NEW STATES.
What is a Government by the People?
How do we begin the task of making a state, let alone 8 states? Actually, because of the Constitutional law requiring approvals from the California and U. S. legislatures, it should be easier to accomplish this feat because of larger numbers. The more who want the change, the easier it is to accomplish the change. The forces for the new ‘states’ will be stronger than the forces against the new ‘states’ provided the majority from each county makes their voices heard loud and clear. The majority throughout California must feel strongly that what they are living in is a failed state and that we have the talent, the knowledge, and the will to make new ‘states’ that will give current and future generations the freedom, liberty, prosperity, and happiness that is the sovereign right of every American.
Before we look at what the 8 ‘states’ could/will be, let’s consider the “WHAT and WHY” of this undertaking. Let’s start with: What is Government, and how should it be structured?
Here is what the 1967 Webster says: government: The act of governing; regulation; control; restraint; the exercise of authority; direction and restraint exercised over the action of men in communities, societies, or states; ….system according to which sovereign powers….legislative, executive, and judicial powers, are vested and exercised;….a body politic. (edited)
The 2021 website Webster says: government, the governing body of a nation, state, or community; the action or manner of controlling or regulating a nation, organization, or people. synonyms: rule, running, direction. administration, leadership, · leading, control, executive, authority.
local government, local governments (plural noun) the administration of a particular town, county, or district, with representatives elected by those who live there. Local government is defined as the people who have the authority to make decisions or pass laws in a small geographic area near to them.
Notice the repeated word, control, along with restraint, authority, rule, etc. Is this what 2021 American’s want in their government, or do they prefer, participation, direction, administration, leadership? Yes, we need laws and regulations, but in moderation, not the 800 to 1,200 laws passed every year in California. California’s over abundance of laws are a prime example of population control, not service.
What should the residents of California rationally expect from their government? Isn’t government put into place for the purpose of serving the people who made it, not ruling them? The most important function of government is to provide Safety and Security for the people it serves. Safety and Security of Private Property. Private Property is Land and Possessions, but mostly it is YOU. YOU ARE YOUR OWN PRIVATE PROPERTY.
A proper government has a Constitution. The Constitution should not make laws. Laws are made by the Legislature, not the Executive or the Judicial branches. The Constitution should not be a “living” document. It should be a “fixed” document so that the people and the government living under the Constitution know what the rules given to the government are and what the rights of the people are. The Constitution is the structure of the government, not the laws and regulations of the government. Each ‘state’ will make its own.
As Californians have learned the hard way, “The natural progress of things is for the government to gain ground and for liberty to yield.”
- Thomas Jefferson
That “natural progress” is even more true when We the People who made the government voluntarily lose that government along with their Liberty and Freedom and don’t even recognize what they do. This country was thought of as the “Grand Idea”, that people could govern themselves without a monarchy or dictator and has been thought of as the torch that leads the way by example. But the People got so complacent, they gave away their Freedoms and Liberties, bit by bit by bit. They got fat from prosperity and lazy from easy living and forgot to be “watchers”. They gave away without a whimper the very thing that made this country and them unique,…….our right to power through representation. Our Republic.
LACK OF REPRESENTATION AND DILUTION OF VOTE ARE THE ROOT CAUSE AND THE LOST KEY TO THE DEMISE OF THE REPUBLIC, BE IT FEDERAL, STATE, OR LOCAL GOVERNMENTS.
Lack of Local Representation should be listed as the number one cause of the problems within our current state and federal governments. A government built upon We the People has done its best to eliminate We the People FROM the government through too large districts. This is also the fault of We the People for preferring to watch sports or game shows in lieu of watching the activities of the laws and regulations being made by the executive and judicial branch and passed through the legislature to look like We the People are in control.
LACK of REPRESENTATION causes DILUTION OF YOUR VOTE.
DILUTION OF YOUR VOTE = NO VOTE
NO VOTE = NO REPUBLIC
NO REPUBLIC = NO CONSTITUTION
NO CONSTITUTION = NO AMERICA AND TYRANNY
YOU LOSE EVERYTHING
NO TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION
U.S. CONSTITUTIONAL REPRESENTATION OF EACH STATE: Article 1, Section 2: “The number of Representatives shall not exceed one for every thirty Thousand, but each State shall have at Least one Representative;.” The applies to the U.S. Congress, (as you can see, this rule has been obfuscated as the current ratio is more like 1 representative for 750,000 constituents). “The Senate shall be composed of 2 Senators for each state.”
States are free to establish their own ratio of representation for their Republic; a good rule is, More equals Less. Meaning more representation equals less ‘government’. Each of the 8 ‘States’ shall have the right and the duty to select their ratio of representatives to their constituents. This movement is established to increase the sovereignty and rights of The People through LOCAL REPRESENTATION and DECENTRALIZATION OF GOVERNMENT.
The large, more populated ‘states’ may find it better to have 1 rep for every 50,000 or 100,000 which is still better than the current 500,000 in the Assembly or 1,000,000 in the California Senate. One would think that 100,000 would be the absolute maximum ratio. Conversely, districts can be too small and become nepotistic or territorial. The Legislature is the most important branch and when in full complement to the People, are the Dobies to the Executive and Judicial branches, not their lap dogs.
In the days of the writing of the U. S. Constitution, travel was arduous and time consuming, roads were dirt, weather and lodging were just a few of the factors impeding the representatives of that era of no cell phones, cars and airplanes, and yet, the Founders set the representation at “not to exceed, one for thirty Thousand”. One can only conclude that since this was in the First Article, Second Section, this was very important to them for good reason as shown by the fact that representation was increased every 10 years by population growth until the 20th century and the Reapportionment Act of 1929 and the constitution of California. The original reason for a census, was to know how many representatives were needed to run the government from each state. Did this then appear to be unimportant or too expensive in their minds? NO.
We’re at the end of the dirt road, time to turn around and take the highway.
It is commonly and mistakenly taken as fact, that more representation equals more government. This mistake is made because people look at government through the lens of expense and corruption instead of ‘who has the power’. The People have now learned the heavy price paid when they lose their power over government, that government becomes tyrannical, as we have been repeatedly warned by the Founders who lived it.
The more ‘government’ is increased by the Peoples’ representatives, the smaller the ‘government’. Smaller districts require fewer, if any, extra staff. Smaller districts cut down or eliminate travel and additional offices expense, thus cutting expense accounts and budgets. Less Bureaucracy. Before local representation was shut down, representatives did not stay in office as long because they didn’t make ‘government’ their career. It’s the ‘perks’ that keep many in office too long and the Bosses of Industry, Banking, and Special Interests, like it that way.
WOULD YOU RATHER PAY FOR ACCOUNTABLE REPRESENTATIVES OR UNACCOUNTALBE BUREAUCRATS?
Representatives need to be paid so they can support their families and not be susceptible to graft and kick-backs, but they do not need such things as life-time pensions or expensive “meetings” to luxurious out of state or in state locations. Local representatives can’t hide misconduct as easily in smaller districts. If there is extra one-time building cost for space at a capitol or a county, it’s money well spent in exchange for; The People retaining the power and control, not the ‘government’. With today’s technology there’s not as much reason to be tied to an office while still being able to be in touch with constituents and the halls of government, as corporate America has shown us.
“We in America do not have a government by the majority ---- we have government by the majority who participate…. All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.”
- Thomas Jefferson
We can stay on the road we’re on and dodge the potholes until it’s impossible to travel on and stay silent, or we can take the road less traveled and explore new destinations.
TERM LIMITS IS WHAT WE GET WHEN TOO MANY FAIL TO PARTICIPATE IN AN ELECTION PROCESS BECAUSE THEIR VOTE DOESN’T COUNT AND THEY FEEL OUTNUMBERED.
The cry for TERM LIMITS grows louder and louder. Once again, the people are set upon giving away their power so they can watch their sports and play games instead of watching their representatives. Yes, representative government is meant to allow the People to go about their daily lives leaving the business of government to their representatives; that is how it should work. It can’t work that way when the ratio of constituent to representative is so great that the representative’s attention is elsewhere. The attention is elsewhere because THE DISTRICT IS TOO LARGE. A too large district needs too much attention for one person, so the representative’s costs climb just to stay in office and/or get re-elected. At the same time, to the majority of his/her constituents the representative may live hundreds of miles away. Consequently, you have the perfect storm of the wolf in the hen house. The farmer is too removed to care, the chicken is running around the pen looking for a place to lay the golden egg and along comes the wolf in sheep’s clothing who wants that golden egg……wa-la!! Everyone wins except The People who aren’t watching anyway. The answer today seems to be for The People to beg for more of their power to be taken away as long as they don’t have to watch the hen or the egg. TERM LIMITS IS ANOTHER RAPE OF THE PUBLIC SOVEREIGNITY AND POWER.
For those Californian’s again educated in the worst schools in America, Term Limits is already a law in California and what has it accomplished? The career minded go on to other offices and we lose the ones who are doing the job we asked of them, but they can’t stay. Up until the start of the 20th century, representatives took the office to serve, did their service for a few years and left. That was before the districts began to grow because of the growing population and it became more lucrative to stay in office as they succeeded in passing themselves more perks. TERM LIMITS, LIMITS THE PEOPLE MORE THAN THE GOVERNMENT.
THE CORRECT ANSWER IS, SMALLER DISTRICTS = MORE PARTICIPATION
It is the natural force of the Executive and Judicial branches to be power grabbers and it’s The People through their Representatives who can’t allow the People Power to be diluted through LACK OF REPRESENTATION.
“The lesson we are to draw from the whole is that where a majority are united by a common sentiment and have and opportunity, the rights of the minor party become insecure. In a republican government the Majority if united have always an opportunity, The only remedy is to enlarge the sphere and thereby divide the community into so great a number of interests and parties, that in the first place a majority will not be likely at the same moment to have a common interest separate from that of the whole or of the minority; and in the second place that in case they should have such an interest, they may not be apt to unite in the pursuit of it. ………….to frame a republican system on such a scale and in such a form as will control all the evils which have been experienced.”
- James Madison, The Anti-Federalist Papers, pages 27-28
IF I RULED THE WORLD, HOW WOULD I WANT MY STATE TO BE?
WHAT AGENCIES AND DEPARTMENTS WOULD I THINK NECESSARY?
Let’s take a look at a few things we need from our government. These suggested executive agencies are vastly limited from what California has grown to and would be at the discretion of each ‘state’.
CORRECTIONS, LOCAL, PRISONS
ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION
FIRE CONTROL, LOCAL, ENVIORNMENTAL
WATER, AGRICULTURE, MANUFACTURING, TREATMENT PLANTS
HIGHER EDUCATION, UNIVERSITIES, COMMUNITY COLLEGES
LAW ENFORCEMENT, CONSITUTIONAL SHERIFFS, LOCAL POLICE
NATURAL RESOURCES, FORESTS, DESERTS, OCEANS, LAKES, RIVERS
PUBLIC WELFARE, SANITATION, HEALTH
STATE BANK *
TAXES, FEES *
TRANSPORTATION MAINTENANCE & IMPROVEMENTS
We all know the basics, but what is a State Bank, you ask? See what Governing.com has to say:
What can a state bank do for a state's economic and financial well-being?
“It can extend credit to small- and medium-size enterprises, something that the private banking sector has not been doing. When you try to stimulate the economy with the private banking sector, it's -- to use a long-ago metaphor -- like pushing on a string. It's not a very effective way to get credit to the smaller enterprises. Look at North Dakota. Its bank accepts deposits from ordinary folks and, when the state collects tax revenue, instead of depositing it in big banks that might have another agenda, it goes into BND, (Bank of North Dakota) which is more likely to take that tax revenue and other deposits and lend it within the state. It's one of the reasons North Dakota has the lowest unemployment rate in the country. Yes, the state also has an oil and gas boom, but so do Montana and Wyoming and they have high unemployment”.
There are other state-owned banks. For example, California has the California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank. What's different about North Dakota is that it takes deposits from individuals and state tax revenues, and in turn, makes commercial loans. It's perceived as a competitor to private or commercial banks, but in reality, it plays a supportive role because it can purchase part or all of a bank's loan after it has been issued and do other financing arrangements. California's bank is an infrastructure bank. By definition, it doesn't compete with commercial banks in making commercial loans and taking deposits. What it competes with is other ways to finance infrastructure. There's an interesting bill that's been introduced by California state Sen. Alan Lowenthal that would expand the powers of the infrastructure bank to be able to receive state funds for deposit, which could then be used to reinvest in California communities. Could you see how a state bank could improve your ability to run your farm and business? Can you see the advantages of working with local bankers whose interest is not in making a profit but in simulating the local economy? How could this benefit every taxpayer by keeping our money local and regularly audited with printouts of where and how your taxes were used?
*COMMERCE: California’s gross economy is around 3.2 trillion and ranked 5th in the world in 2020. On the surface this sounds great, but not to the smaller counties whose livelihoods have been stripped away by laws and regulations passed by larger populated counties that have no understanding of how those laws and regulations may affect other counties, or care. This is not the ‘fault’ of the people in those larger populated counties. It is the ‘fault’ of government trying to make laws and regulations for one size fits all and satisfying their larger voter base. Less populated areas lose. Natural economics are largely dictated by geography. Fields of wheat and rice don’t get harvested in the Bay Area or Los Angeles. Timber doesn’t grow in San Diego. Sea food isn’t caught in Bakersfield. The beauty of California is that its economic regions are so large and so diverse that even counties are not subject to single source income. Technology and manufacturing can thrive in areas of population density that draw the workforce required to meet the needs of business and personnel.
One role of government is to promote the export and distribution of a state’s products. Government needs to play a role in making sure water is abundant and distributed fairly to agriculture, manufacturing, and consumers. Government needs to provide the highways, rail, water, and air lanes that facilitate distribution of goods and products. In smaller states, government can be more directional with laws of fair trade and commerce. Can you see how your business or farm could be improved if the government was local and not hundreds of miles from your area?
*AGENCIES: Technically California has 520 Agencies, but some of these are multiple as in the university system so we take it down to a more manageable 231. Just to keep it in perspective, Texas has 124, and Florida 36. These Agencies are for things like, Dept. of Motor Vehicles, Agricultural Export Program, Bay-Delta Office, Biodiversity Council, Commission of Aging, Consumers and Families Agency, Governors Office of Planning and Research, etc., etc., etc. California Agencies alone employ 210,916 full time, 2,102 part-time and 20,298 intermittent employees.
Per the California Globe in 2019, “these Agencies generally run the day-to-day operations of the state government and implement the statutes adopted by the Legislature and signed by the Governor.” These Agencies fall into different ‘categories’ as to how much authority they have, and it seems some have ‘significant’ latitude in rule making with broad powers. “The regulations and administrative practices of these Agencies affect millions of Californians in their daily lives. Those with broad powers that affect the general public would include, Dept. of Motor Vehicles, Air Resources Board and Dept. of Fair Employment and Housing.”
The Globe goes on, “An interesting phenomenon is that businesses cannot rely in good faith upon the written determinations issued by state agencies…….However, there are a few Agencies that provide limited protections. For example, the Fair Political Practices Commission, Franchise Tax Board and the Board of Equalization.”
Many of these Agencies have their own courts so if you disagree, you have to argue your case in their court before their judge.
How many of these Agencies to you think we could live without? How much do you think 233,316 employees cost taxpayers annually to run these Agencies? How many of these Agencies have a direct benefit to your family or business? Since Texas and Florida seem to be operating just fine with many fewer Agencies, do you think if your state were smaller and reorganized, it could operate the same? Do you think the Legislature would appropriate so many Agencies if they’d think they’d get ‘flack’ from their constituents? Do you think the People would feel the need for the protection of Agencies if they had a voice in the legislature?
*TAXES AND FEES: California spending increases by the Billions every year as the debt grows ever higher and higher. California is broke but it keeps propping itself up with higher and higher taxes and fees. Fees are the hidden tax that few see unless you want to build a home, start a business, cut a tree or mine for minerals, etc., etc. California income tax brackets go from 0 to 13.3%, sales tax 7.25%, property tax is only as low as it is because of Prop.13 passage in 1978 but still rises every year at 2%.
Do you dread tax time? Do you see how much is removed from your check and think what you could do with that money you earned with your labor? Does your small business have to spend many hard-earned dollars on HR to keep track of every employee’s withholding along with accountants and financial advisors to keep you away from ‘agencies’? Do you think tax on labor is unconstitutional? Do you pay ‘fees’ for being a professional or to go to the dump? Are you made to feel like a criminal because you try to avoid the taxes and fees? Do you think your representative would vote to pass so many taxes and fees if he had his local neighbor constituents to answer to? Would you start a new business if there were fewer restrictions from government? Do you think a smaller state could be economically viable in your area? Do you think your areas’ economy has been hurt by California laws, regulations, and fees? Do you think Californians pay too many taxes that are wasted and not accounted for? Would you prefer to have taxes more like the top fiscally run states of Tennessee, Florida, South Dakota, North Carolina, Utah?
*ADMINISTRATION IN REVERSE ORDER OF IMPORTANCE:
JUDICIAL SYSTEM: Maritime/Military vs Common Law made simple. Common Law: Follows constitutional, jurisdictional, innocent until proven guilty law, you don’t hurt me, I won’t hurt you, you don’t steal from me, I won’t steal from you, you don’t kill me, I won’t kill you. Easy, simple, POWERFUL. You can chose to represent yourself. California is under Maritime/Military Law: Military Courts, guilty until proven innocent, requires attorneys. The judicial branch does NOT make laws, it follows, adjudicates and enforces the law, both those elected and appointed.
EXECUTIVE: Elected positions: Governor, Lt. Governor. Discretionary: Attorney General, Secretary of State, Treasurer, Controller, Superintendent of Public Education
LEGISLATIVE: THE PEOPLE’S REPRESENTATIVES, Bi or Unicameral Houses. Congressional Representatives.
"The time to right ourselves by abolishing the forms to which we’ve become accustomed, and which detrimentally control our lives and the future of our posterity, has come."
- Thomas Jefferson
IT’S TIME TO BRING LOCAL REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT BACK TO THE PEOPLE THROUGH MAKING MORE AND SMALLER STATES
“It has been frequently remarked that it seems to have been reserved to the people of this country, by their conduct and example, to decide the important question, whether societies of men are really capable or not of establishing good government from reflection and choice, or whether they are forever destined to depend for their political constitutions on accident and force.”
- FEDERALIST No. 1, October 27, 1787; Alexander Hamilton
The question put forth here is whether Californians have the will and desire to take the forces of change and mold those good forces into good for all within an alliance of smaller ‘states’, or wait for accident and bad forces? IF, you are looking for the way to make good change, please read on; if you like the State of California as it is, then reading on will not benefit you.
Each county is, of itself, a smaller version of a state
Counties already have established governments including much of the above and require little to no changes outside of finances. Sales and Property taxes can proceed as usual until new Constitutions and laws are established with each ‘state’. The major reason for 8 ‘states’ instead of 58 ‘states’ is for continuity, conformance to the size of other successful states, and interdependence of population, economy, or both. Each ‘state’ has enough population and economic viability to compete with other states for stature and recognition. Each ‘state’ has transportation routes, institutes of higher education, population centers, etc. Only Los Angeles County is of adequate size and population to stand alone as its own ‘state’.
Consequently, mostly what is needed for the new ‘states’ is a constitution, a budget, state offices, elections, etc. There will be a need for inter and intra state agreement commissions to settle issues such as water, proportional debts for pensions, proportional distributions of state-owned equipment, buildings, transfer of employees, etc. The final analysis of the finances at the dissolution of the State of California will depend on the financial state-of-affairs of California at the time.
California is so large that many of California’s 58 COUNTIES could stand alone as states when only comparing size. Size comparisons: 10 counties are close in size to Rhode Island. 12 counties compare to Delaware. 14 counties compare to Connecticut. 2 counties compare to Hawaii, 1 each to Maryland, New Hampshire, and New Jersey. Los Angeles compares to Connecticut in size and has the population and infrastructure of Georgia and Michigan so can therefore stand alone as its own ‘state’. The other 7 ‘states’ need the diversity of their neighbors to provide all the amenities and built-in prerequisites to be successful as individual stand-alone ‘states’.
How are new ‘states’ formed? Article 4, Section 3, “states to be formed from existing states with the Consent of the Legislatures of the State concerned as well as of the Congress.” It is very difficult to get the approval of a State Legislature followed by Congress when there is no readily apparent reason for the separation because the parties from whom the permission must be granted don’t want their personal domains and the status quo disrupted. Therefore, an apparent reason must be shown and must not be frivolous and must be well thought out. The more parts of the whole of the ‘states’ in agreement and concurrence, the easier the task.
I’M INTERESTED, NOW WHAT?
These 8 parts that are here suggested to form new ‘states’ from and within the current boundaries of the State of California, are not put together by whim, with political influence, or any motive other than to form a more perfect Union to represent the citizens of the United States, currently and in the future, living in said area formally established as the state presently called California. As U.S. citizens, the original U. S. Constitution guaranteed our “separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle us.” Our Creator has given us unalienable Rights, among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. To secure these Rights, whenever a form of government has usurped its just powers, it is the Right of the People who made that government to agree by majority consent to change its form to better meet their needs, safety, and prosperity. It is the Right of the People to use their power for the common good of all who inhabit their designated, boundary area to remove themselves from the government of California and to enable them to make smaller, de-centralized and a more locally governable form of government as legal, recognized ‘states’ within the Republic for American States and to adhere to the December 15, 1791 ratified U.S. Constitution thereof.
NOW, WE HAVE TO MAKE IT HAPPEN
The concurrence of a “pandemic” with tyrannical government, has given rise to Californians up and down the state to band together and make alliances for change. What better time than now to unify those alliances to make permanent change. The boundaries of the suggested 8 states were derived from counties using 3 criteria: Geography, Population, Synergy.
Geography/climate/economics. This has to be the over-riding criteria because the geography and resulting climate of an area establishes its economic culture and its ability to sustain that culture, it is largely stationary and predictable. Geography/climate/economics also establish the personality of an area and its people. You don’t live in a city if you don’t want to be around a lot of people and you don’t grow food in large quantities on asphalt; conversely, you don’t live in the country if you want to attend concerts, dine out in fine restaurants regularly and don’t like solitude. However, the two do not have to be at odds when they have Synergy and Common Purpose.
Population. Populations grow and wane with economic and technology fluctuations, consequently population figures are not static. To make a viable state, population centers are needed to give a state energy and balance. Enough population is needed for variable economies so the economy of a state is not dependent upon only one or two resources. There needs to be enough population to supply those who want to serve the people through government so as not to have career politicians. There needs to be enough population to have adequate hospitals, universities, sporting events, theaters, transportation facilities, etc.
Synergy. Synergy is made by, from and for people who like to be together and who have common life goals for their families, their country, and themselves. Being an American is a form of synergy. Definition: the interaction or cooperation of two or more organizations, substances, or other agents to produce a combined effect greater than the sum of their separate effects. Collaboration, partnership, unity, understanding, relations, mutual support, working together for community, safety, progress, education. Treating and respecting your neighbor as yourself.
BOUNDARIES AND RULES OF 8 from 1:
The suggested boundaries of the 8 ‘states’, are just that: Suggested. The intent of the organizers of the 8 from 1 is to have ample surveys of what boundaries the people who live within that ‘state’ are comfortable with. But let’s be clear; the final number is EIGHT (8). There are some counties that could go either way and it’s not the organizers intent to dictate. Remember, one of the criteria is SYNERGY. If a county majority feel more synergistic with a different ‘state’ it would be contrary to our goals to dictate otherwise. In fact, those counties that are in question in the minds of the organizers are noted in the statistics of each ‘state’.
These surveys will be conducted on our web site and at community functions and gatherings and will endeavor to cover many various questions with substantive answers. No one is playing dictator; the final words belong to each county’s majority registered voters. There are 4 rules to which the majority need agree for the sake of continuity, unity of thought and action, and integrity of purpose:
This alliance is county by county. Each county must majority registered voter agree to be a part of the suggested new ‘state’ or, each county must by majority agree it’s to their collective benefit to be in a different neighboring ‘state’ than suggested and cannot take away from any other group of counties that which would then make another ‘state’ not viable. The neighboring ‘state’ and county must also agree to accept that county by election. Example: Do not make decisions based upon politics of red or blue counties. Peoples’ political attitudes change, and populations may change, geography does not unless willed by God. You should also consider attributes in a county such as convention centers, transportation hubs, stadiums, tourist attractions, etc. as things your ‘state’might lack without that county. The goal is for each ‘state’ to be as well-balanced as possible to be successful. This movement is racially and politically COLOR BLIND.
No ‘state’ may use the name “California”, any part or derivation of the name or word, California, as any part of its new name. One wouldn’t think any state would want to be associated with a failing state’s name……bad Karma, but just in case. No one area, county or city has any more right to our history than another so we will agree to leave the name California to the history books. There isn’t a subject much more divisive than fighting over a name, and in this case, who has the “right” to the name “California”. Nobody, No Area. Let the fabled name die so that later generations will remember its glory and not its shame. As an example, the name Ahwanhee has been suggested for State Number 4, 1 down 7 to go.
The number of ‘states’ is 8. Many will suggest different numbers such as 3, north, central, and south California. That is not what this movement is about. Even 3 states are still too large and too diverse to be equitable and workable for the people living there, which will only create future problems down the road. Some want to make it an emotional rather than a practical issue. We believe this plan is what is best for the majority of the People Who Live Here and who see down-sizing and decentralization as beneficial to all aspects of their lives, now and in the future. This does not mean the boundaries here are fixed and cannot be moved by a majority of the voters of a county and its neighboring county/’state’. Much thought and contemplation from the founders of this movement, who many are themselves multi-generational Californians, have gone into this plan to determine the ‘right’ number of states, with no preconceived numbers or motives, other than what we think is workable, justifiable, and just plain good sense. If we start out haggling over the name California and the number of ‘states’, we’ll never drive on the new freeway.
All ‘states’ must agree to be ready at a predesignated time to present their cases to the California Legislature and to Congress. We must in a unified, respectful manner show both legislatures why the residents of California request, and if necessary, demand, their Constitutional right to determine their destinies. It is the show of the will of the majority from all parts and sections of the state, in unison; north, south, east, west, that will win us our freedom from tyranny, as from King George, and give us back our individual sovereign rights. We have to show the legislature and the citizens of California that by breaking California apart, we will actually revitalize it.
Acting as a unified group is the peaceful way to sustain individual liberty.
MAP OF 8 STATES BY COUNTY
BREAKDOWN OF STATES BY COUNTY
The following is a breakdown of each suggested ‘state’ with its counties, population, square mile size, population and size comparison to other states, estimated number of representatives in D.C. and in their State House using 30,000 cap per rep.
* Population figures are from 2019. Comparables and estimates are rounded to nearest whole figure using 40 million CA population.
‘State’ Number 1 is the largest of the 8 in area and the smallest in population. Its economy is based upon its natural resources of timber, fishing, mining, farming, tourism, recreation outdoor sports, etc. It has 3 higher learning CA state schools: Humboldt State, Butte College, Chico State University. Interstate 5 runs through 4 of its counties. Its economy has been largely controlled by the more populated areas of California through laws unfavorable to many of its attributes and has the potential to be much more viable to its residents under a smaller government. This area supplies much of the water that flows into the San Francisco Bay, through the Federal dam of Shasta Dam on the Sacramento River in Redding and the CA Water Project dam of Oroville Dam on the Feather River. In total there are 11 large water storage lakes and reservoirs in this ‘state’ and countless smaller water storage areas.
Its 14 counties together are larger than 15 other individual U.S. states, and it would rank 47th in population among the 50 states.
This ‘state’ is bordered to the to the west by the Pacific Ocean, to the north by Oregon, to the east by Nevada, and on the south by counties, Sierra, Yuba, Sutter, Yolo, Napa, and Sonoma.
* Population figures are from 2019. Comparables and estimates are rounded to nearest whole figure using 40 million CA population.
‘State’ Number 2 is the Bay Area. This area has the diversity and intensity of high technology businesses to the laid-back wine groves of Napa/Sonoma. Its counties surround the San Francisco Bay because the people who live by the Bay should be the ones who know what’s best for the Bay and they should be as an alliance to manage and protect the Bay as a part of the San Franciso Bay Conservation and Development Commission, BCBC.
Its 8 counties together are larger than 3 other individual U.S. states, and it would rank 23rd in population among the other 50 states.
Beside the Bay, this state has 2 large lakes and 1 large reservoir for water storage and the Hetch Hetcy water system. It has a great cross section of higher leaning from the Maritime Academy to the renowned University in Berkeley. It’s well equipped with sports stadiums and convention centers for fun and business. From the standpoint of education, beauty, weather, opportunities, it is well positioned to be its own ‘state’.
The ‘state’ is bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the west, counties Mendocino, Lake and Yolo to the north, counties Sacramento and San Joaquin to the east and counties Santa Clara and Santa Cruz to the south.
* Population figures are from 2019. Comparables and estimates are rounded to nearest whole figure using 40 million CA population.
‘State’ Number 3 is from the Sacramento Valley to the high Sierras of the Lake Tahoe area. It boasts of high ranges for snow skiing in winter and boating adventures in summer. The foothill counties have the feeling of the gold rush days, coupled with wine and wheat growing in lower elevations to the city life of Sacramento and Roseville in the valley. It also has the advantage of having a convention center, a sports arena, a port, a rail station and Interstate 5 through 2 counties.
Tourism, farming, vineyards, industry, technology, retail, timber, mining, water, skiing, basketball, all give this ‘state’ a bright economic future. It is currently the Capitol city of California and the old building will be a fine tourist attraction for the new ‘state’. ‘State’ Number 3 has what is needed to make itself self-sufficient from California.
Its 9 counties together are larger than 9 other individual U.S. states, and it would rank 37th in population among the 50 states.
The ‘state’ has many attributes such as 11 major water storage lakes and reservoirs, including Lake Tahoe.
It also has 2 fine edifices of higher learning, University at Davis, and Sacramento State.
In drawing up this ‘state’, the question became in which should Amador County be, Number 3 or Number 4? This will have to be decided by the residents of Amador County.
This ‘state’ is bordered on the west by Solano, Napa, Lake counties, to the north by Colusa, Butte, Plumas counties, to the east by Nevada, and to the south by Alpine Calaveras, San Joaquin, and Contra Costa counties.
‘State’ Number 4 is from the Central Valley to Mono Lake, passing through Yosemite Valley on the way. The Central Valley is known for its agriculture, food processing plants, rail yards, banking, and industry in general. The foothills and higher ranges are known for their majestic beauty and draw many tourists every year from around the world.
Its 9 counties together are larger than 9 other individual states, and it would rank 41st among the 50 states in population.
This ‘state’ has the most lakes and reservoirs (12) to catch winter rainfall. It boasts Turlock State and University of Merced for higher learning. ‘State’ Number 4 is well situated to be separated from California and exist as its own sovereign state.
There is a question as to whether Madera County should be in ‘State’ Number 6 with Fresno County. This is a question the voters of Madera and Fresno counties will have to decide.
‘State’ Number 4, (Ahwahnee) is bordered on the west by Contra Costa, Alameda, Santa Clara, and San Benito counties and to the north by Sacramento, Amador, and El Dorado counties, and to the east by Nevada, and to the south by Inyo and Fresno counties.
In ‘State’ Number 5, all the counties but 2 run the coastline of the Pacific Ocean, with Santa Clara on the north and Ventura in the south. Santa Clara has the advantages of Silicon Valley, Levi Stadium, and a more northern cultural feeling. Ventura has the advantage of being the get-away neighbor of Los Angeles County and the Los Padres National Park with a more southern culture, drawing north and south together by means of the Pacific Ocean. San Benito, Sana Cruz, Monterey, San Luis Obispo, and Santa Barbara counties make for a common cultural center of ocean scenery and towns, then drawing inland to the Salad Bowl of agriculture around Salinas and southward. The Coast Range is a perfect eastward end. By drawing Santa Clara into this ‘state’ instead of ‘State’ Number 2, ‘State’ number 5 has the advantages of more diversified industries and more population while Santa Clara County has the advantage of being with less diversified industries and population than if it were in ‘State’ Number 2. The placement of Santa Clara seems to the author to be the best for both ‘states’ but is not the author’s decision.
Its 7 counties together are larger than 9 other individual states, and it would rank 28th among the 50 states in population.
Water being essential to everyone, this ‘state’ has 6 major lakes and reservoirs. It also has 6 major higher learning institutes as a “gift” from California.
‘State’ Number 5 is bordered on the west by the Pacific Ocean, on the north by San Mateo and Alameda counties, on the east by Stanislaus, Merced, Fresno, Kings, and Kern counties on the south by Los Angeles County.
This ‘state’ will continue to be a great asset to itself and its neighbors.
‘State’ Number 6 goes from Death Valley in Inyo County to the oil and agricultural fields of the Central San Joaquin Valley counties of Kern, Fresno, Kings, and Tulare. Sequoia National Park and Mount Whitney, the highest peak in the 48 contiguous states, are located here. This is an agricultural food basket and cotton belt that needs to determine its own destiny as a smaller, more local state. The military play a big roll in this area, especially in Kern County with the likes of Edwards Air Force Base, China Lake Naval Air Station, Mojave Air Space Port.
This is one of the most ethnically diversified ‘state’s’. Its major cities of Fresno and Visalia rank among the rankings of best “Niche” cities. Minor league sports leagues, railroad lines, dairy, oranges, grapes, cattle, plus, plus all grow in the southern most part of the Central Valley. Many a cowboy singer has left his heart in Bakersfield.
Its 5 counties together are larger than 11 other individual states, and it would rank 37th in population of the 50 states.
‘State’ Number 6 has 9 major lakes and reservoirs to feed all those thirsty cows and plants and several higher education facilities including Fresno State and Bakersfield State, College of the Sequoias, San Joaquin Valley College of Visalia.
There is a question whether Fresno and Madera counties should be in the same ‘state’. This is something the voters of those counties will have to decide.
The borders are: San Benito, Monterey, San Luis Obispo,, Santa Barbara, and Ventura counties to the west, Merced, Madera, and Mono counties to the north, Nevada to the east, and San Bernardino, and Los Angeles counties to the south.
‘State’ Number 7 is Los Angeles County. Los Angeles is Hollywood, Long Beach, the city of Los Angeles, the hills of Los Angeles. The population of Los Angeles county is the most of any other county in the country and is greater than 41 other states. It’s larger in size than both Delaware and Rhode Island.
Los Angeles is the third (3rd) largest metropolitan economy in the world, with a nominal GDP o $700 Billion.
Los Angeles County has Castaic Lake for water storage, plus smaller bodies of water storage.
Los Angeles has many places of higher learning, the ones from California are, University of Los Angeles, Pomona State, Carson State, Long Beach State, Los Angeles State, Northridge State.
Los Angeles County is well equipped to take care of itself as its own sovereign ‘state’ and no longer needs the rest of the counties in California to be under its control.
Los Angeles is bordered on the west by the Pacific Ocean, on the north by Kern County, on the west and on the south by San Bernardino, and Orange counties.
‘State’ Number 8 is the Sunshine ‘state’. It borders Mexico and is the most ethnically, environmentally, and culturally diversified and the most populated. This ‘state’ would rank 8th in the U.S. in population and 1st among the 8 ‘state’s’. This ‘state’, at the bottom, is similar to the ‘state’ at the top, in that it encompasses the area from the Pacific to the adjoining states, which makes it also very diversified environmentally. Few ‘states’ can compete with its ocean, rivers, mountain peaks, deserts, and fertile valleys. It is also culturally diverse with many museums, zoos, and attractions such as Disneyland, Legoland, San Diego Zoo, Mount Rubidoux, sport stadiums, golf courses, performing arts theaters and many outdoor venues.
Its transportation system is well established with 2 major airports, cargo and commuter trains, excellent highways all the way to the end of Interstate 5 at Mexico.
It has 2 major lakes and 2 major reservoirs.
Higher learning from California comprised of Universities of Riverside, San Diego, and Irvine and State Colleges of San Bernardino, San Marcos, San Diego, and Fullerton.
‘State’ Number 8 borders to the west on the Pacific, to the north with Los Angeles, Kern, and Inyo counties, to the east with Nevada and Arizona, and to the south with Mexico.
QUESTION: DOES THIS GENERATION HAVE THE SPIRIT, DESIRE, and FORTITUDE OF CONVICTION, AS DID OUR FOREFATHERS, to CHART NEW PATHS to BETTER GOVERNMENT and BETTER LIVING ?
Dividing California into 8 states as a conjoined joint venture is the key to success, hence the concept of dividing together as an alliance of ‘states’. To do this, each ‘state’ will need to have committees such as: Survey, Formation/Fund Raising, Constitution, Arbitration, Elections, County Coordinator.
To start, Surveys will be taken on the website and at gatherings at each county level similar to gathering signatures on petitions at public meetings, events, fairs, etc. The purpose is to get the information to, and responses from, the public; answer their questions, and make sure the majority of residents are happy with their ‘state’ borders and understand how they will benefit. Formation/Fund Raising will be to hold public meetings attend gatherings such as fairs, meet with local organizations, set up local elections at a pre-determined time to see if majority is reached, and raise funds for the cause. The funds raised will stay within the ‘state’ for which they were raised with the exception of common expenses for booklets, websites, podcasts or other common use. Constitution is self-explanatory. Arbitration is for professionals and interested parties to arbitrate inter and intra-state issues. Elections will need to be organized and held for state offices and Congress. County Coordinator to coordinate elections and solicit their help.
CHARTING NEW TERRITORY WILL TAKE BOLD PEOPLE WITH BOLD IDEAS.
The last states formed were Hawaii and Alaska. They seem to have done well so there’s no reason we can’t follow in their paths. The good thing is that the counties already have much in place for continuity of government and services during the transition.
As with all things, money to finance informational materials, elections, surveys, etc. This is intended to be a movement swelling up from the collective conscience of the People of California. It is not politically driven by any one party or person. Donations are needed and will be gratefully accepted but a limit of $10,000 per donor is set to ensure that no one person or organization has influence over the decisions necessary to form and administer good government and to keep it under the control of The People.
The majority of funds needed should be raised by each county and kept in each county. Donors on the website will be asked their county, with the exception of detailed organizational expenses sent to each county monthly, those funds will be sent to the respective county.
We welcome the political necessity and practicality of persons who might see it to their benefit to take official stands to promote this cause for their future ambitions. Each state will be needing patriotic candidates for the various positions that will become available and experience will be looked upon with favor. However, we would like to try to avoid political parties. Good government might be better served if those who wish to run for an office would run on their merits and philosophy rather than an R or D or G behind their name so that the voter should do some homework before voting.
“It is hardly too strong to say that the constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions. There are men and women, in all ages who mean to govern well but they mean to govern. They promise to be kind masters; but they mean to be masters ”
- Daniel Webster
When we have the overpowering will of the people to encourage our current Legislators as to this move being to their benefit as agents of change and to demonstrate our aggregate will to Congress, we should be able to get interim funding to enable a smooth transition which will (1) allow us to clean out the past corruption and bad laws with (2) a clean slate to use what we’ve learned about how to run a Republic in a manner befitting the Rights of the People for whom it is made. Each of the 8 states will be responsible for making their own constitutions, ratio of representatives to constituents, tax laws, bicameral or unicameral legislatures, etc. This will be a huge undertaking by many participants at times overwhelming and at times exhilarating because the end goal is worth the effort just as was undertaken and accomplished in 1848 and 1787 by people no more fit for the task and who had no prior examples yet didn’t shy away. We are fortunate to have 230 years of experience behind us to draw from.
We are 2021 Pioneers like our forebearers who left their ancestral homes to seek a better life. Like the pioneers who crossed the great unknown to better their lot in 1849, we must work together in harmony on water rights, grandfathered legacy land rights, inter-state environmental concerns, etc. for the health and wellbeing of the whole. A challenge worthy of the original founding of this great experiment to prove again that the People are capable of governing themselves and taking charge of their destiny. We shall not fail.
“…..should everything proceed with harmony and consent, according to our actual wishes and expectations…will demonstrate as visibly the finger of Providence as any possible event in the course of human affairs can ever designate it”
- George Washington