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Another Conservative Revolt in California: The State of Jefferson
Townhall.com ^ | May 13, 2018 | Arthur Schaper

Posted on 05/13/2018 6:10:55 AM PDT by Kaslin

California is a diverse, populous state full of potential. Yet for residents in twenty-one counties in Northern California—and they are particular about their truly northern status compared to San Francisco—they feel left out. I learned first-hand about the struggles for these rugged salt-of-the earth conservatives during a three-day visit to the region. I gave two speeches on conservative activism and to recruit help for the fight against California’s increasingly unpopular sanctuary state law, SB 54.

“North State” is so far north, the closest airport is in Medford, Oregon. The region stretches from California’s northwesternmost county, Del Norte, to the northeastern corner of Modoc County, down to Tuolumne County (which just opted out of SB 54). The citizens want more than respect. They want to form their own new state: Jefferson. The namesake comes from President Thomas Jefferson’s vision of a free republic emerging in the Pacific Northwest and a desire for more regional autonomy.

“To the rest of the state, we don’t exist” says Louis Gliatto, the head of the Yreka (not Eureka) Tea Party and Siskiyou County Committee member for “Citizens for Fair Representation.” To prove how out of touch the Rest of California (ROC) has become, Tehama and Siskiyou counties were the first jurisdictions to opt out of SB 54, one month before Los Alamitos passed its own Constitution Compliance ordinance. The two North State counties openly declared that they would comply with federal law. How could the press have missed this? A county of 44,000 residents deserves to be recognized for taking that bold step.

This new state project is not new, yet few know about it. In the late 1870’s, the state legislature was limited to 120 representatives, but the state population has skyrocketed. Only until the 1930s did legislative districts account for size and population for representation in Sacramento. In 1941, this spread-out conservative community of ranchers, loggers, and farmers initiated the movement to break away, frustrated by the growing disconnect and lack of representation from Sacramento. Today, three state senators and six assembly members must compete with the dominant LA and Bay Area delegations.

The Jefferson movement faded away quickly in the wake of World War II, but California’s reckless escalation of progressive policies has revived the Jefferson movement for the last five years. In northern cities and along the roads, Jefferson signs and flags (a green field featuring a gold prospector’s pan with two Xs’s to represent the sense of being double-crossed by the rest of California) gently stand out or wave under many of the American flags, all on proud display throughout the region.  Despite the left-wing tilt of Mendocino, Sonoma, and Marin counties, Jefferson residents are down-to-earth entrepreneurs, engineers, and invested farmers. They laugh about the differences between Humboldt County, with its commercial kush and tie-dyed shirts; and Siskiyou County, where lush, verdant pastures match the unofficial banner, and colorful sunsets greet the peaceful homesteaders. Jeffersonians vocally oppose commercial marijuana, too, as its illegal cultivation and distribution (despite the passage of pro-pot initiative Prop 64 in 2016) has caused violent crime and corruption to spike.

Hosted at the Bacigalupi Ranch—owned by husband Jerry and wife Donna with their daughter Debbie—I witnessed a new world in the same state, and I connected with hard-working conservative activists in their own right.  I discovered that I wasn’t the only town mouse in a land that would please a country heart. Many Siskiyou County residents relocated to escape the expensive busyness of San Francisco and Los Angeles. Another woman relocated for health reasons. Other residents owned thriving businesses in the Bay Area, but they couldn’t stand the liberal politics any longer.

Republican leaders in the region joked that they had come to Northern California for an easy retirement, but now they face a new set of political fights. Bringing wealth and prosperity to Jefferson, they still chafe under the progressive tyranny of Sacramento, and it shows. Democratic Party micromanaging has wiped out a once-thriving timber industry. City markers from thirty years ago represent once-bustling communities which have all but disappeared or gone dormant. Welfarism and drug abuse have grown rapidly because of economic stagnation and political persecution. Jefferson farms feed the state and country, but in return the political class feeds off their money, work, and property. The Democratic leaders are now targeting their dams for full removal (read “destruction”), which would ruin farms, homes, and businesses along the Klamath River. All the “Damn the Dams!” talk has forced down property values and diminished hopes of relief within Jefferson.

Taking a tour of the Bacigalupi ranch, I learned directly about California’s burdens on the region’s ranchers. Jerry wanted to expand a man-made lake on his own property. He put off the project for one decade, then found out that project’s fee ballooned from $800 to $5000 a year. Frustrated, Jerry abandoned his development plans for his own property. Fortunately, Jeffersonians don’t take the government’s abuse lightly. Mark Baird, one of the leaders of the Jefferson movement, recounted how they defend their property. When Fish and Wildlife employees threatened any kind of overreach against his property, Baird responded: “Bring your gun. You’re going to need it.” Those officials never came back. This story inspired me as to how Jefferson residents can increase their autonomy. “Why not enact sanctuary for gun owners as Illinois has? Demand that your county supervisors pass a constitutional carry ordinance to counter Sacramento’s gun grabbing.” The residents liked the idea.

The best idea, of course, has been the Jefferson movement. With standing committees in twenty-one widespread counties, plus a pending federal lawsuit, the State of Jefferson is alive and kicking, reminding us of the eternal promises outlined in the Declaration of Independence: “Whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government.” Considering their efforts and successes, the name “Jefferson” is all the more fitting for this active, conservative region of California.



TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: california; secession
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1 posted on 05/13/2018 6:10:55 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

While good people go to work the rust never sleeps.


2 posted on 05/13/2018 6:13:01 AM PDT by ronnie raygun
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To: Kaslin

Name it Reagan instead of Jefferson.


3 posted on 05/13/2018 6:19:47 AM PDT by Brilliant
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““North State” is so far north, the closest airport is in Medford, Oregon. ”

Not true. There’s an airport in Redding, CA. I’ve flown in there many times.


4 posted on 05/13/2018 6:27:43 AM PDT by ScottinVA ( Liberals, go find another country.)
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To: ronnie raygun

In one of the many anti-Constitutional “fatwas” of the infamous Warren court...in the 1960s with rulings known as “one man one vote” (under the guise of “civil rights”)... the court essentially ruled the Republican model of the U.S. Constitution (that what gave us two Senators per state)... was “unconstitutional”. Forcing “democracy” on the states.

States are mandated to have in effect, TWO house of representatives, as geographical representation (as per U.S. Senate) was forbidden. This concentrated all the political power into the large population areas. California maybe the best example of the “tyranny of the majority”... as democracy eventually destroys itself.


5 posted on 05/13/2018 6:30:51 AM PDT by FiddlePig (The biggest threat to your sacred liberty is to not value it!)
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To: ScottinVA

As does Humboldt and Del Norte.


6 posted on 05/13/2018 6:32:35 AM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin (Wisdom and education are different things. Don't confuse them.)
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To: Kaslin

Theu really should name themselves “State of Polk” or “State of Freemont” after the people who started the “Bear Revolt” to help bring California into the Union..


7 posted on 05/13/2018 6:41:36 AM PDT by Popman (Wisdom is not what you know about the world but how well you know God.)
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To: Kaslin

Jefferson would be great... I’m think it would be a Conservative state..


8 posted on 05/13/2018 6:47:52 AM PDT by Deplorable American1776 (Proud to be a DeplorableAmerican with a Deplorable Family...even the dog is, too. :-))
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To: Kaslin
California is now past the 'Tipping Point', also known as 'The Point Of No Return'

There is no going back until it collapses.
The inmates are running the asylum now.

The time to act was 25 years ago.


9 posted on 05/13/2018 6:50:20 AM PDT by Iron Munro (If Illegals Voted Republican 66 Million Democrats Would Be Screaming "Build The Wall !")
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To: FiddlePig

You are right and the system as it is cannot survive. The filthy big cities have assumed dictatorial powers in some states. It shoild be something like one acre one vote.


10 posted on 05/13/2018 6:53:42 AM PDT by Bonemaker (invictus maneo)
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To: Kaslin

Born and raised in Kalifornia when it was still Reagan Country. The democRATS will never let their 52 Electoral College votes be diminished. They have cheated on elections since forever. It was so bad that during one election a box of ballots was found floating in San Francisco Bay. They didn’t bother to open and count the ballots since they knew nothing would change the outcome. Nationally, during the last 10 years, the amount and kind of ballot fraud has reached incredible and brazen proportions. When a Senate election becomes close, a democRAT can open their car trunk and ‘find’ a previously uncounted brown paper bag full of write-in ballots. And instead of a 60-40 democRAT percentage, the entire bag is 100% for the democRAT. There are other instances of 120% of a precincts residents voting. Hopefully with Trump some of this will be challenged. The more judges get nominated and confirmed the more often we will win in protecting the sanctity of the voting booth. The Creepozoids always challenge any attempt to guard against voter fraud, calling ‘racism’ for any Voter ID protection, but they are losing that fight little by little.

So, Kalifornia will not return to California any time soon, so dividing up the State will have to wait. But that doesn’t mean that right-thinking Californians cannot assist with other States and their elections. I often get online and assist where a House or Senate election is close. Calling and getting the vote out can be done from anywhere! Keep the Faith and fight! Now that we have a Republican President who will not just lie down and take all the crap they always throw, it is up to ALL OF US to join in the fight to preserve and protect our great nation.


11 posted on 05/13/2018 7:38:20 AM PDT by Ronaldus Magnus III (Do, or do not, there is no try.)
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To: Kaslin

Dying California and it’s $2.9 Trillion Dollar economy will collapse like an East Block nation if Jefferson were to break away.


12 posted on 05/13/2018 7:38:25 AM PDT by Blue House Sue
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13 posted on 05/13/2018 7:40:45 AM PDT by Blue House Sue
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To: Kaslin

“Bring your gun. You’re going to need it” says it all.


14 posted on 05/13/2018 7:48:38 AM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: Blue House Sue

And the problem is......?


15 posted on 05/13/2018 7:49:59 AM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: Iron Munro

When looking to relocate, the area north of Eureka was on our short list. Only because the area was incomparably beautiful with those redwoods and the weather moderate year round.

But state politics took it off the list. That, and the number of druggies there.


16 posted on 05/13/2018 8:01:40 AM PDT by CottonBall (Thank you , Julian!)
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To: Ronaldus Magnus III

All of your examples of voter fraud by the RAT party have also happened in the RAT infested King County in Washington state as well.


17 posted on 05/13/2018 12:04:49 PM PDT by Senormechanico
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To: Kaslin
Jeffersonians vocally oppose commercial marijuana, too, as its illegal cultivation and distribution (despite the passage of pro-pot initiative Prop 64 in 2016) has caused violent crime and corruption to spike.

That makes no sense - illegal cultivation and distribution existed before legalization, and legal cultivation and distribution can only diminish the illegal kind.

18 posted on 05/13/2018 2:31:00 PM PDT by NobleFree ("law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the right of an individual")
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“and legal cultivation and distribution can only diminish the illegal kind.“

Wrong.

L


19 posted on 05/13/2018 2:41:28 PM PDT by Lurker (President Trump isn't our last chance. President Trump is THEIR last chance.)
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legal cultivation and distribution can only diminish the illegal kind.

Wrong.

Self-evident - every ounce bought legally is an ounce not bought illegally.

20 posted on 05/13/2018 3:12:42 PM PDT by NobleFree ("law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the right of an individual")
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