Some big names in Silicon Valley have a simple message after Donald Trump's victory: We want out.
Shervin Pishevar, an early Uber investor and cofounder of Hyperloop, posted a series of tweetsTuesday night announcing his plans to fund "a legitimate campaign for California to become its own nation."
And no, he's not joking.
"Yes it's serious," Pishevar told CNNMoney in an e-mail. "It's the most patriotic thing I can do. The country is [at] a serious crossroads."
Within hours, several other tech founders offered their support for the plan.
"I was literally just going to tweet this. I'm in and will partner with you on it," Dave Morin, an investor and founder of private social networking tool Path, tweeted in response to Pishevar.Fine; go ahead and ban everything but Nerf guns, and take the 9th Circus of Clowns with you, but you can't whine when half the counties in California (including the ones that grow your food) secede from California to get away from your progressive idiocy. Remember what happened when Virginia seceded; West Virginia left Virginia.
This is what happened the last time Democrats who were obscenely rich had a fit over a Republican President. And how did that work out? By the end they were poor and their slaves were free. To satirize Horace Greely's response to Southern secession: "Erring perverts, depart in peace."
UPDATE: JN Gibson has some useful and interesting thoughts on the madness of CalExit. I confess that I have given some thought for a prequel to the sci-fi novel that I am slowly writing where both the U.S. and Canada break up because of the fundamental fascism of Ottawa and DC. (And yes, many Canadians in the prairie provinces have the same warm feelings for their national government that many Americans have: largely driven by gun control, energy, and traditional values.) In this prequel, the newly independent prairie provinces and many Western states (but not the coastal ones) including Alaska and Texas unite into a truly federal government, with a revised largely U.S. Constitution (because of our dominant population and overbearing nature), with some federalism teeth to it.
With Alaskan, prairie province, Wyoming, and Texas oil and Wyoming coal, a modest electronics and software industry, Great Slave Lake's uranium deposits and the nuclear missiles turned over by sympathetic officers, the new Northwest States of America uses its blockage of California food to the East Coast (not practical to ship and no air routes across our air space, they force accommodation on shipping to the Pacific as a trade for transport to the East. As a novel, it might be tendentious, but written as a future history book about the breakup of Canada and the U.S., it might be entertaining.