They held a Q&A forum at a hotel near LAX yesterday in hopes of gathering more signatures to get their measure on the 2018 ballot, despite the fact that 68% of Californians oppose their secession idea. They figure that the state could save $70 billion a year by not "subsidizing other states and the U.S. military", even as they're asking FEMA for funds to fix their broken spillways at Oroville Dam and to repair damage related to the recent drought rainstorms, mudslides, and record snowpack.
Evidently, proponents figure that as an independent country, California won't need to bother with things like defense. And never mind that in order to secede, two-thirds of Congress and 75 percent of states would have to approve an amendment to the Constitution. Much as we might wish for it, that's unlikely to happen. But for the Calexit supporters, a bit of history regarding what happened the last time states tried that whole secession thing:
On this day in 1864, Union General William T. Sherman enters Meridian, Mississippi, during a winter campaign that served as a precursor to Sherman’s March to the Sea campaign in Georgia. This often-overlooked Mississippi campaign was the first attempt by the Union at total warfare, a strike aimed not just at military objectives but also at the will of the Southern people.
Ultimately, Sherman failed to clear Mississippi of Rebels, and the Confederates repaired the rail lines within a month. Sherman did learn how to live off the land, however, and took notes on how to strike a blow against the civilian population of the South. He used that knowledge with devastating results in Georgia later that year.
There's a lesson in there somewhere.