SAN LUIS OBISPO—At a New California event this weekend, communism expert Trevor Loudon was invited as a keynote speaker to share his thoughts about the movement. He said the idea of breaking away from the current California to form a new state is a good idea.
“All the power is concentrated in the big cities—Los Angeles, San Francisco—so the people in that hinterland, the farmers, the people who are actually do things for a living, are not represented. And you’re getting a complete distortion and a complete dominance by the cities who are all dominant by the left. And this is destroying California,” said Loudon.
New California is a movement that aims to create a new state where personal liberty is put above government.
It is composed of the rural counties of California. The red areas represent New California counties. The yellow areas are counties that would remain in California. However the borders are not finalized yet.
Their first legislature meeting was in July 2018. Since then they have held several meetings to set up an assembly and a senate, representing each of the Counties of New California.
According to Loudon, California has communist influence.
“The Chinese government has got a huge influence in San Francisco and Sacramento. They probably have more control over California than the federal government does,” said Loudon.
One example is Confucius Institutes (CI) in schools. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) funds the organization to promote Chinese language and culture. However, it was a tool for the Chinese regime to gain influence outside of China by preventing freedom of speech on campuses, spreading communist propaganda, and spying.
In 2017, University of San Diego appeared to have been bullied or punished for inviting the Dalai Lama to deliver a commencement speech at a graduation ceremony. The Tibetan religious leader was exiled from China for advocating Buddhist philosophies. He received a Nobel Peace prize for supporting peace and freedom.
In San Francisco, there was a controversy over naming the new subway station after Rose Pak, a deceased political power broker who worked closely for the Chinese communist regime in San Francisco. Pak bullied long-time Chinatown merchants and alleged to be a spy for the CCP in order to gain influence in San Francisco politics.
In addition, leftist politics worsened the situation.
“They are just ramming their agenda down the throats of these people in California. And they’re bringing the country – if they had their way, they would make this country like Venezuela. That is the trajectory they are on,” said Loudon.
After Governor Gavin Newsom proposed a bill that requires candidates running for president or governor to release tax information to be eligible to go on the state’s primary ballot, there have been lawsuits filed, saying it is unconstitutional.
Loudon is impressed that the people in charge of the New California movement understand that America was built on a spiritual foundation.
“America is the only country in the world where your rights come from God, not the government,” said Loudon.
Those in the movement plan to continue to hold meetings and pass resolutions for the new state.