"Some California officials have talked of the state not remitting its legally obligated tax dollars to the federal government. They talk of expanding its sanctuary cities into an entire sanctuary state that would nullify federal immigration law.
"Californians also now talk about the value of the old Confederate idea of “states’ rights.” They whine that their state gives far too much revenue to Washington and gets too little back.
"Residents boast about how their cool culture has little in common with the rest of the U.S. Some Californians claim the state could easily go it alone, divorced from the United States.
"Sound a bit familiar?
"In December 1860, South Carolina seceded from the Union in furor over the election of Abraham Lincoln.
"Lincoln did not receive 50 percent of the popular vote. He espoused values the state insisted did not reflect its own.
"In eerie irony, liberal California is now mirror-imaging the arguments of reactionary South Carolina and other Southern states that vowed to go it alone in 1860 and 1861.
"Like California, South Carolina insisted it could nullify federal laws within its state borders.
"Like California, South Carolina promised to withhold federal revenues.
"Like California, South Carolina and other Confederate states bragged that their unique economies did not need the Union.
"They boasted that “King Cotton” had created the wealthiest class in the United States. Silicon Valley now often assumes that Google, Facebook, Apple, and others are near-trillion-dollar companies that are a world unto their own." . . .