Tue | Sep 26, 2017

Can California really leave the Union?

Published:Wednesday | March 15, 2017 | 3:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

With all of the separatist movements that are taking place all over the world, the BBC reported that one unlikely country may have a separatist problem of its own: the United States.

According to the BBC, hundreds of thousands of Californians are organising themselves to get that state to leave the American federation. But can California really secede from the United States?

California is one of the largest and most powerful states in the American union. Indeed, on its own, it has one of the world's largest economies.

All of these people are apparently convinced that the state can survive independently of the United States, and interestingly, the independence movement is gaining strength.

While the independence movement in California may be gaining ground, not all Californians want to leave the American federation. In fact, one of the main leaders in this attempt at splitting America is being viewed by many with much suspicion, as he doesn't live in America at all, but in Russia.

The increasing strength of California's independence movement is partly due to the seemingly new direction of the central government in Washington. As far as many of these separatists can see, America is increasingly becoming less representative of what most Californians stand for - with all of its liberalism and the lot.

Maybe these Californians are just pursuing a pipe dream. It's really hard to see that state leaving the union. However, just a few months ago, it was really hard to see a Donald Trump in the White House, too, so one can never really tell these days!

MICHAEL A. DINGWALL

michael_a_dingwall@hotmail.com

Kingston