Shortly after the New Year opened, I noted that President Donald Trump had begun mounting a #CounterResistance to California’s political war against his administration.

I recommended 5 strategies for continuing the battle, including assistance in helping the “State of Jefferson” break free to dilute the Golden State’s electoral power.

It appears that someone may have followed-up with this suggestion, as a group of unhappy state residents has launched a quite public declaration to create “New California“.

With the reading of their own version of a Declaration of Independence, founders of the state of New California took the first steps to what they hope will eventually lead to statehood. CBS Sacramento reports they don’t want to leave the United States, just California.

“Well, it’s been ungovernable for a long time. High taxes, education, you name it, and we’re rated around 48th or 50th from a business climate and standpoint in California,” said founder Robert Paul Preston.

The state of New California would incorporate most of the state’s rural counties, leaving the urban coastal counties to the current state of California.

This movement is different than the “State of Jefferson” because all of the non-coastal-elite portions of California would become part of the new state (not just the northern section). That works out well for me, as San Diego County would be included with the break-away sections.

The plan to separate the rural areas from the coastal regions also makes abundant sense. The fiscal and cultural priority differences are vast, as the one part of the state has held on to its freedom-embracing Western heritage while the other portion is trying to channel New York City.

“There’s something wrong when you have a rural county such as this one, and you go down to Orange County which is mostly urban, and it has the same set of problems, and it happens because of how the state is being governed and taxed,” Preston told CBS Sacramento.

The “founders” have evoked Article IV Section 3 of the United States Constitution as justification for establishing a new economy with a new state constitution.

It states that a consensus must be reached by the state legislatures of California as well as congress. The process, according to New California representatives, could take 10 to 18 months.

I sure hope that the organizers have a pathway that does not go through Sacramento. Our state’s politicians will cling to power like a starving vampire grips a hapless victim.

And while most of the progressive publications dismiss this move as a long-shot, the organizers seem steadfast and have a long-term game-plan.

The group is moving forward, however, putting together a list of organized county committees who would then spread the word and raise support locally.

Preston termed it “a growth phase” for the organization.

It’s too bad that “New California” won’t occur this week. I am in Florida for a few days, and it would have been nice to return home to a state with more responsible governance in place.