California secessionists set up first embassy -- in Moscow

  • 22 December 2016
  • NormanL
California secessionists set up first embassy -- in Moscow

The drive, or perhaps extended tantrum, of those who want California to seceed from the Union because of Donald Trump's presidential win took an interesting twist this week. The backers opened their first foreign embassy. In Moscow:

California gained an embassy in Russia last weekend, at least in the eyes of those who have promised to seek a statewide vote on secession, nicknamed "Calexit," in 2018.

Louis Marinelli, a San Diego resident who is the leader of the group promoting an effort to turn the state into an independent country , organized the Moscow event that was publicized on social media.

"We want to start laying the groundwork for a dialogue about an independent California joining the United Nations now," he said in an email Monday.

Marinelli is currently working as an English teacher in Russia, and said he is there working on immigration issues related to his wife, who is a Russian national.

The effort faces the longest of odds, requiring not only initial approval by California voters in 2018 but a subsequent special election in 2019. Even if successful then, the proposal would have to pass difficult if not insurmountable legal obstacles.

We could say this just exposes the group's real motivations (or its real supporters, if we want to hop on the Democratic conspiracy train for a stop or two).

But let's just say this is so very, very California of them.

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