- May 14, 2011
I require more information before casting a vote here. What language would the literacy test be in? What defines a 'Civilised Native'? Until these fundamental questions have been answered, I can not vote on this motion.
The language of the test would be dependent upon what legislation will be passed. If the proposal to make Spanish and English co-official languages were to pass, the test would be done in whichever language is better spoken by the voter. Should we not have an official language, the test would simply be in whatever language is spoken by the local people, so if it's in a town with a high population of Californios, the test would be given in Spanish.
As for "civilized natives," I broadly define a civilized native as any native who is a citizen of California and who speaks with fluency either English or Spanish.
While I support this motion, it must be asked, what is meant by 'autonomous territories', which seems to give power to entities outside the federal governmnet. A Unitarian form of government has already been decided for this nation, though against my personal beliefs. I can not in good conscience vote in favour of a motion that would violate the previously established decision of this convention. If I am mistaken in my understanding of this motion, then I am willing to listen to a clearer explanation.
This would not violate the unitarian nature of the government for the same reasons that local police do not violate a unitarian government. Under this, the Eastern Territories, divided how the legislature sees fit, would have power to organize a local police and pass basic local ordinances. No territory would have the power to override National laws, but for any issue not covered by the central government of importance, the territories would have the power to establish their own regulations, if it were important to the people of those regions. Now, this wouldn't be a permanent solution, no, it would only be until the Eastern Territories are linked to the coast through either a railroad or some kind of well-groomed trail.