An enormous mistake was made on December 30, 1853 when the Gadsden Treaty was signed between the United States and Mexico. The northern part of the Mexican state of Sonora, an area located south of the Gila River, was purchased by the United States, and tacked into what became the State of Arizona.
The people of the Gadsden Purchase have increasingly chafed under the domination of right wingers from Maricopa County.
The 2010 election only proved how different the people who live north of the Gila River are from those who live south of the river.
The antics of the 2011 legislature have made things even worse. Arizona is in a deep hole while the legislature gives tax breaks to corporations, tries to turn undocumented aliens into the number one threat facing the state, increases the exposure of state residents to gun violence, and tries to ban the federal government from doing anything inside the state.
Arizona is trying to secede from the United States. The people of Baja Arizona want to remain a part of the US…but not Arizona.
Rumors are that a group has formed to seriously attempt to free Baja Arizona from the crazies up north. An announcement is expected soon about the effort to create America’s 51st state … Baja Arizona.
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The people of Baja Arizona are known throughout the southwest for their enlightened view of the world.
A bill like SB 1070 would never have been passed in a Baja Arizona state legislature. Nor would Baja Arizona waste anyones time trying to eliminate citizenship for people born in our state.
In Baja Arizona people fight for civil rights. In Maricopa County they are trying to jail immigrants.
In Baja Arizona a major issue is environmental quality. In Maricopa the major concerns are how to harrass Mexicans, and how to gut the budgets of the state university system so they don’t have too many smart people to disagree with Maricopa County politicians.
Imagine what we could do if we had our own state….
Tucson would likely be the capital, creating an economic boom as hordes of lobbyists descended on the town. That might even justify a new hotel in downtown Tucson.
There would be lots of new political jobs…governor, attorney general, state legislators…and folks with higher office ambitions wouldn’t have to commute as far. Think of the gasoline savings.
Chances are Baja Arizona would legalize pot…but tax its sale to fund its state government. New meaning to “high” taxes.
The Bajans would have to create their own public utility regulatory commission which would likely mandate a lot of renewable energy from TEP. TEP would likely oppose creation of the new state as a result.
Alta Arizona would no longer have a border with Mexico. Joe Arpaio would have to find an honest job.
After Baja was created, anticipate Alta Arizona passing laws to prevent Bajans from illegally entering Alta and Baja only allowing Phoenix from Phoenix one day visas to visit in Baja,. And expect a new fence to be sought between Alta and Baja…possibly by both sides.
Baja Arizona would probably send two Democrats to the US Senate. This might require Congress, which would have to approve the new state, to also admit another new state which would for sure elect two Republican Senators. And then again, there may be some in Congress who will want to sell the Gadsden Purchase back to Mexico.
(From the Frumious Bandersnatch Baja Arizona page:)
IF BAJA ARIZONA BECAME A STATE:
The State Motto would be “mas cerveza”.
The State Song would be “Get back to where you belong” by the Beatles
The State Animal would be Wiley Coyote.
The State Minstrel is Linda Ronstadt.
Cigarettes would be taxed at the rate of $4.00 per pack to support the new state’s free health care system.
There would be no speed limit in Baja Arizona since no one obeys the ones posted now.
Small government advocates in Baja Arizona suggest the state capitol be in an RV, which would move around from town to town every 6 weeks.
WHAT ARE THE CHANCES?
The current Arizona state legislature would have to call a special election, and the people of Alta Arizona and Baja Arizona would have to vote in favor of splitting the state. Then Congress would have to approve.
The chances of the people in Maricopa County voting to get rid of the concentration of Democrats to the south, and the people of Baja Arizona voting to sever their ties to the right-wingers to the north are excellent
The chances in Congress are not so good.
First, there are several proto-states waiting to be created–Puerto Rico, District of Columbia, and Northern California. Baja Arizona is maybe 54th. The other three would probably send Democrats to Congress, as would Baja Arizona. There is no way the Republicans in the US House and Senate would create 4 new Democrat delegations in Congress, just like the South blocked the admission of free states before the Civil War. Like the pre-Civil War period, the only way Baja Arizona gets to be a state is if new Republican dominated states are also admitted. Texas could split into 5 states. Disneyworld could become a state…
Did you know that more people live in Tucson than the entire state of Wyoming?
Have you ever wondered why there is a North Dakota and a South Dakota? A Virginia and West Virginia? a North Carolina and a South Carolina? It’s been done before.
Originally, what is now Arizona was actually part of the New Mexico Territory until Tubac resident Charles Poston lobbied to split Arizona off as its own territory.