An independent state of Southern California, can it be done?
Two times in our history, one section of the state seceded from the main territory for the pursuit of local government.
The states are North Dakota and South Dakota, and West Virginia and Virginia. We would need the consent of Congress by way
of the Enabling Act. Im sure the socialists in our Congress who only favor bigger government will oppose us but with a Republican
Congress in power, our best chance is now.
The enabling act is a law that authorizes, or enables, individuals or groups to do things they would otherwise have no
power to do. The United States Congress passed enabling acts to allow territories to set up the machinery for becoming states.
These acts defined the boundaries of the new states. They also gave the people of the territories the right to elect delegates,
hold a constitutional convention, and draw up a state constitution. A separate enabling act had to be passed for each territory
before it became a state.
The history of the split of the Dakotas is as follows. During the 1870's, the people began to ask Congress to divide the
Dakota Territory into two parts. The population centers had developed in far corners of the territory-in the northeast and
the southeast. North-south travel between these two centers was difficult because the railroads had laid their tracks in an
east-west direction. The two groups of settlers had little in common and wanted their own governments.
In February 1889, Congress established the present boundary between North Dakota and South Dakota. It also passed an enabling
act, allowing the two regions to set up the machinery to become states. On Nov. 2, 1889, North Dakota became the 39th state,
and South Dakota the 40th state. John Miller, a Republican, became North Dakota's first governor.
The history of West Virginia is as follows. The American Civil War began on April 12, 1861. On April 17, the Virginia
Secession Convention voted to leave the Union and join the Confederacy. Most of the delegates from present-day West Virginia
opposed secession. Westerners held conventions in Wheeling in May and June, where they declared that all state offices held
by secessionists were vacant. The conventions set up the Reorganized Government of Virginia, with its capital in Wheeling.
The Reorganized Government supported the Union during the Civil War.
In August 1861, western Virginians began the process of separating from Virginia and creating a new state to be known
as Kanawha. A constitutional convention met from November 1861 to February 1862 and wrote a constitution for the new state,
with the name changed to West Virginia. After receiving approval from the U.S. Congress and President Abraham Lincoln, West
Virginia was admitted to the Union as the 35th state on June 20, 1863.
This can only succeed as a grass-roots project. We must come together as a community and force our legislators to work
on our behalf. The purpose of our splitting off from California should not be wholly political. The secession is simply to
bring state government closer to our communities. That is the point.