|1. Introduction - The 2004 Political Controversy
The Current Blue/Red State Controversy. The 2004 national election has elicited much discussion on the web about having California remove itself
from, or be thrown out of, the Union. This discussion
has even received some review in the traditional press. Those responding negatively to the idea have correctly observed that the Civil War settled this issue and that Californians are
clearly integrated into the American scene both historically and culturally. And the California economy is too much a part of the national economy to simply separate it out.
Too many people in other parts of the nation see California as someplace weird, out of the norm of the country, because of the press emphasis on Blue/Red, liberal Hollywood, and gay San
Francisco . That is a very uninformed view. Consider the last two presidential elections using maps of the results by county:
These two maps should remind you of the national maps of red and blue states. They would seem to be an indicator that the national "values" divide exists inside California.
But is it really a difference in values or just historical inherited partisan loyalties? Fortunately we have the results of ballot measures to examine in
|2000 Presidential Election Results
|2004 Presidential Election Results
What these two maps indicate is that California includes regions that usually will vote socially and economically conservative (red on the stem cell map) and regions that
usually will vote socially and economically liberal (green on the employer health insurance map). California even has "swing counties." Consider a map of another ballot measure that
established a 1% income tax on income over $1,000,000 to pay for
county mental health programs compared with the 2003 recall election of Governor Gray Davis and you will find potential "swing" counties:
|Stem Cell Research Funding
|Mandated Employer Health Insurance
Politically California is as divided as the nation. As a country on its own, it would have the world's 6th or 7th
largest economy and it would be the 59th largest country in area and the 34th largest in population (out of about 237). So it too could become a "divided" nation, but why would
anyone propose that?
|Mental Health Tax
|Recall Gray Davis
More logically, it should become more than one state. The intent of this web site is to provide information regarding the idea of dividing California.