California has lost its mind

Reflections on the howling insanity of the Calexit movement

Calexit protest in California.
(Image credit: Chelsea Guglielmino/Getty Images)

The 2016 election has produced a stunning and arguably increasing level of denial from President Trump's opponents. They marked Presidents Day with protests using the slogan "Not My President." Protesters held a sprawling march for women in Washington, D.C., and other major cities even before the new president had begun setting policy, and now want a general strike on March 8. Opponents of Trump's immigration policies held a strike last week called "A Day Without Immigrants," the most immediate consequence of which was hundreds of people getting fired for walking off their jobs.

By far, however, the strangest reaction to losing the election comes from my native state of California, where activists want to take their electoral ball and go home. Political activist Louis Marinelli has organized an effort to qualify a ballot initiative in the spring of 2019 that would demand that Congress repeal the 1850 law that officially added California to the United States of America. The initiative requires more than 587,000 signatures from validly registered voters to get added to the ballot. Failing that, Marinelli plans to petition for an Article V convention to transform the Golden State back into a separate republic.

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Edward Morrissey

Edward Morrissey has been writing about politics since 2003 in his blog, Captain's Quarters, and now writes for His columns have appeared in the Washington Post, the New York Post, The New York Sun, the Washington Times, and other newspapers. Morrissey has a daily Internet talk show on politics and culture at Hot Air. Since 2004, Morrissey has had a weekend talk radio show in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area and often fills in as a guest on Salem Radio Network's nationally-syndicated shows. He lives in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota with his wife, son and daughter-in-law, and his two granddaughters. Morrissey's new book, GOING RED, will be published by Crown Forum on April 5, 2016.