In an unprecedented move in American history, the governor of a U.S. state, under assault by citizens of a foreign country, is actually calling for closer cultural and political ties to that country.
California Governor Gavin Newsom seems to be carving out a foreign policy for his state separate from that of the U.S. In their February 17, 2019, issue, the San Diego Union-Tribune says the following:
Along with a commitment to reopen a trade office in Mexico City, the governor also plans to revitalize a state commission that would allow California officials to work on issues with their counterparts in Mexican government. And over the course of his first term, Newsom and state Democrats are expected to refocus attention on what they consider the real issues at the heart of the U.S.-Mexico relationship: tackling cross-border pollution, promoting cultural and educational exchanges, and defending the human rights of all immigrants.
While the U.S. Constitution restricts foreign policy powers to the federal government, this is not deterring Governor Newsom, who appears to be sending a definite “anti-Trump” message to Mexico and may in fact be signalling the beginning of a long surrender.
Such a message will no doubt gladden the hearts of the reconquista movement, represented by such organizations as Mexica and MEChA. Those organizations and others like them hold that large parts of the United States, including most or all of California, belong either to the country of Mexico or, more broadly, the indigenous peoples of the North American continent.
This move to chart a separate foreign policy course for California was announced the day after President Trump’s election. California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) and former state Senate leader Kevin de León released on that day a joint statement declaring California the new “keeper of the nation’s future.”
God help us if this is true.
For more, see the San Diego Union-Tribune.