America may never accept Democratic Socialism. But an Independent California will.
On the eve of Super Tuesday, Senator Bernie Sanders is poised to achieve a decisive victory in California. Meanwhile, national Democratic Party leaders are making every effort possible to prevent Sanders from becoming the presidential nominee.
Seen in the best light, national Democratic Party leaders are sincerely worried that voters across the United States will not only refuse to vote for Sanders — thus guaranteeing Trump’s reelection — but that having Sanders at the top of the ticket will hurt the chances of Democratic candidates all the way down the ballot. Surveys of political attitudes in the United States indicate that their fears are not unfounded.
One state, California, stands alone in openly embracing democratic socialism. Policies like universal health care, women’s rights, and protection of immigrants are consensus positions in California. If Sanders cannot be president of the United States, a Californian like him could be elected Governor.
Unfortunately, because California remains part of the United States — ever since the United States invaded and conquered her 170 years ago — the people of California are not actually free to choose socialist policies. One reason is money: With over $80 billion being sucked out of California by the federal government every year, California cannot afford to care for its workers, small business owners, disabled, and children.
The other reason why California cannot be free without independence is that Trump has appointed so many members of the U.S. Supreme Court and other federal courts that no laws passed by California will receive a fair hearing. Even now, the U.S. Supreme Court is about to hear a lawsuit literally by California to defend the ACA (“Obamacare”) from Republican attacks. We all know that universal healthcare is a right, not “illegal.” Nevertheless, the access of Californians to healthcare — literally whether we live or die — is in the hand of Republican judges appointed by a Republican-controlled U.S. Government.
As Californians, we will never be free, until we are free of the United States.
As supporters of the progressive revolution, let us join together to start talking seriously about California independence. Over nine million voting-age Californians support independence now, and over half of all voting age Californians either support independence or are undecided. Furthermore, half of all Californians under the age of 40 support independence.
Organized and mobilized, the California Liberation movement will be the most powerful force in our Republic, and certainly the most powerful force for enacting democratic socialist reforms. Join the California Liberation Movement today, and let’s make democratic socialism a reality for everyone.