Move over, Florida. New California is here to become the new laughing stock of the United States. On Tuesday, the founders of New California read their own Declaration of Independence from California, a state they describe as "ungovernable."
The group wants to take most of the state's rural counties and form the 51st state — leaving the coastal urban areas to the original California. If successful, the two states would look something like this...
"The current state of California has become governed by a tyranny," according to vice chairman Robert Paul Preston.
"After years of over taxation, regulation, and mono-party politics the State of California and many of it’s 58 Counties have become ungovernable," the group said in a statement. They also noted a decline in services including education, law enforcement, and health.
The group wants to convince California's legislature to split the state before submitting the resolution to Congress for final approval. This would all be done under Article 4, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution.
Unsurprisingly, social media users were not amused by New California's tomfoolery.
So new California gets zero of the tech and money, but gets the central valley. Bold— Geoff Schwartz (@geoffschwartz) January 17, 2018
New California, your problem isn't that your state government doesn't represent its people. Your problem is that the majority of the people in your state don't agree with you. So your answer is to run away.— Steve Hofstetter (Bakersfield & Fresno Jan 23-24) (@SteveHofstetter) January 17, 2018
Every proposition to split up California, including "New California," is completely idiotic.— Thor Benson (@thor_benson) January 17, 2018
But "New California" just doesn't sound good in songs, yo.— Pamela Chelin (@PamelaChelin) January 17, 2018
Welcome to the Hotel New California ♫
New California dreamin' on such a winter's day ♫
I wish they all could be New California girls ♫
It just don't work.
California: 31st state of the US— Karl the Fog ☁️ (@KarlTheFog) January 17, 2018
Northern California: superior wonderland
Southern California: not bad if you're into traffic
Coastal California: dreamy beaches
Wine Country California: dreamy day drinking
New California: dumb
New California is like 15 people and 11 of them are Russian twitter bots— ☕netw3rk (@netw3rk) January 17, 2018
WAIT WTF IS NEW CALIFORNIA I LIVE IN IT WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR ME AM I GOING TO DIE PLEASE EXPLAIN— lil moop (@emmachambie) January 17, 2018
Others were more supportive.
What do you think of New California?