The day after Gov. Gavin Newsom handily defeated the recall effort to oust him as governor, conservative podcaster Ben Shapiro floated the idea of a “friendly separation” of certain states away from the union.
“What it actually presages is not just politics in California,” he said on Wednesday. “What it presages is a question: whether we actually do want to remain part of the same politic. If we do want to remain part of the same body politic, we’re going to have to construct a system of a federal governance in which Texas can be Texas, and California can be California. However, California has to let Texas be Texas.”
Shapiro said that the federal government “has no interest – when run by Democrats – in allowing Texas to be Texas.”
“They would like Texas to be California,” he went on. “And if that’s the case, what you’re going to end up with is a fairly ugly split between states that wish to be left alone, and states that wish to run their business form the top level of the federal government.”
If the basic notion of American government is that the federal government is going to make all the rules, and it’s just going to be a struggle for the power of the one ring, then this country is not going to last this way. It is just not. And maybe then the best hope for a lot of conservatives and maybe for a lot of liberals, depending on who’s in control of that federal government is a friendly separation. That is what that foresages [sic]. Not that California is the wave of the future, but that California and its polarization is the wave of the future.
Shapiro predicted that Newsom’s victory will prompt many Republicans to leave the state for places like Florida, Arizona, and Texas. “And maybe that’s what the California politicians want,” he concluded.
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h/t: Jason Campbell