They are mad as hell and they're not going to take it anymore.|
A Santa Barbara man is forming an organization proposing that California secede from the United States.
"Some might consider this a knee-jerk reaction to recent political events," says Jeff Morrissette, founder of the Committee to Explore California Secession.
While the chances of California seceding from the U.S. might be considered comparable to hell freezing over, organizers do believe they have a legitimate message.
"While I acknowledge I can't possibly speak for all Californians," Morrissette says, "I do think the majority of people in this state do not want to entrust their future to religious conservative idealogues who have a stranglehold on the politics and policies of this nation."
Morrissette also cites what he calls the "economic sabotage" of energy brokers and traders who bilked California citizens out of as much as $9 billion during the 2000 and 2001 energy crisis.
"Most Californians believe that it is not a coincidence that these energy companies were not-so-strange bedfellows with the Bush administration and their actions were motivated both by greed and politics."
While the U.S. may be climbing out of an economic recession Morrissette says the agenda of the right is taking the country into what he calls a "cultural recession."
"The Conservatives are not only impeding progress on stem cell research and gay civil unions, they also want to roll back the gains our country has made over the last half century especially with regards to women's choice and civil liberties."
The Committee to Explore California Secession launched a website moveonCalifornia.orgthis week with the goal of sparking a debate among Californians. The site will publish views on California secession both pro and con.
"Secession may not be the answer nor may it be realistic," says Morrissette. "But it will send a message that California--the world's fifth largest economy--will not stand idly by and surrender our future to a religious theocracy envisioned by the far right."
Contact: Jeff Morrissette, Move On California, PO Box 457, Santa Barbara, CA USA 93102