Apr 26, 2013
Posted: Thursday, April 25, 2013 12:00 am
By STEVEN SILTON H&N Staff Photographer
Article – What is the State of Jefferson (Herald and News)
The concept of a separate state formed by what is now Southern Oregon and Northern California popped up in 1852 when a bill was introduced to the California legislature.
In his book, “The State of Jefferson: The Dream Lives On,” author James Rock defines the region as existing beyond geographical boundaries.
“The State of Jefferson dream changes over time, but the dream lives on. Today, the State of Jefferson is no longer the dream of a new state within the United States. The State of Jefferson is a ‘State of Mind,’ ” he wrote.
A year later, after the bill died, a San Francisco-based newspaper noted a need for the new state and called it the State of Klamath.
In 1856, the idea came up again. Area residents wanted to deal with “(in)sufficient military protection, poor mail service and too high taxes,” according to Rock.
Q: What stopped the formation of the State of Jefferson?
A: After nearly a century of ups and downs, the movement gained the most momentum in the fall of 1941. When the New York Times reported Curry County wanted to secede to California, people started paying attention.
A few months later, in November, the Yreka Chamber of Commerce voted to look into the idea of a new state again. The proposal included Siskiyou, Del Norte and Modoc counties from California as well as Curry, Josephine and Jackson counties from Oregon. The Chamber of Commerce called this new state Mittelwestcoastia, but the local paper soon held a contest to rename it, according to Rock.
The closest this area ever came to becoming the State of Jefferson happened Nov. 27, 1941, when California Gov. Culbert Olson was given the Proclamation of Independence. The movement was quickly dissolved less than two weeks later when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor and the United States was pulled into World War II.
According to Rock, “The 1941 ‘State of Jefferson’ movement was defeated by World War II, but the dreams, desires and needs were not crushed or lost.”
Today, the hope for a new state is gone, but through a continued neighborly approach to towns and counties across the border, the State of Jefferson remains an unofficial union in the area.
Q: Was there a government formed for the State of Jefferson?
A: Jim Ward, owner of Ward’s Klamath Funeral Home, once held the title of Secretary of State for the State of Jefferson.
“We had the Jefferson State Days for a few years in the ’80s,” Ward said. “We didn’t do a whole lot with it. We had wooden coins printed out and the flag out there. We had some events at the fairgrounds, but it was sort of all just tongue-in-cheek.”
Ward said there were barbecues and auctions to go with his make-believe title. The so-called State of Jefferson cabinet never met, never actually made plans or tried to get the movement going again. It was simply a fun way to remember what could have been.
“If the second World War hadn’t come out, it probably would have gone through,” said Ward. “But the sentiments still remain.”
Ward said Oregon and California haven’t changed too much. Both Northern California and Southern Oregon residents still have closer ties to each other than with the rest of their states.
“There was a lot of movement because Southern Oregon and Northern California are both sort of different frames of mind, and it’s still that way today,” he said.
Today, there are gun clubs, radio stations, bumper stickers and T-shirts to remind residents of what almost was. In the conclusion of his book Rock writes, “The State of Jefferson resides in the dreams and desires of its people.”
Nov 20, 2012
Secession Movement Ready to Take Hold
The Intel Hub
November 20th, 2012
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All the buzz in the aftermath of the last election is that secession is in the air.
Despite the improbable prospects that the globalists, that control the federal government, would allow the upstart masses to leave the dominion of Disunion States, it is promising that the country builds critical mass for dissolution.
Secession in this day is not your call to arms in the defense of home. “Honest Abe’s” version of despotism caused many politicians to “Wave the bloody shirt”, but today’s crop of brave leaders just asks you to sign a petition to beg for a cordial severance. Just imagine the response from the unprincipled governmental career class.
The re-education FEMA facilities are ready to become today’s “Camp Douglas” detention centers.
The League of the South list Ten Reasons For Secession and offers this assessment. “What is behind this increasing support for secession and independence?
Perhaps the answer is this: hard reality has finally trumped the myth of a sacred, indivisible union. In other words, many citizens are beginning to see the hand writing on the wall, and the message is alarming.”
Notwithstanding, the sentiments of the Old South, the contemporary motivation to reject the arrogant and oppressive dictates of the central government is taking hold for a myriad of reasons. One of the stronger reasons appears in the article, Pluralism Leaves No Other Option – LIBERTY Demands Secession.
“It is absolutely crucial to view the concept of America not as a country, and certainly not as a government.
The uniqueness in the notion of the 1776 revolution lies within the shot heard round the world. Equity – adjudication of the inadequate common law, supplant natural law with chancery courts. “Equity follows the law” is the claim, but the practice is that the law becomes arbitrary, that which men desire.
Secession is the moral course. Yes, you will reply that the government will never allow such a wild proposal. Surely, you would be correct, the nature of the federal system is to control people, and would not give up the power to dominate citizens. But, that evaluation does not dispel the validity of the ethical case. So much for the prospect of Liberty in a free society.”
Set aside the fear of federal retribution and coercive retaliation. Is it justified to seek dissolution of the failed empire that has long ago buried the essence of a constitutional republic?
The great departed Joseph Sobran in Secession, Anyone?, urges you to search your conscience and be true to your immortal soul.
“A few readers think I’m writing with tongue in cheek when I propose secession. Well, though I see the humor of it, I’m not exactly joking. I know it’s unlikely to happen, for the time being, but the idea has value as a thought-experiment. It can help free our minds of the illusion that the present political status quo was, and is, “inevitable.”
How would such a movement proceed? The essay, Representation, Secession and Taxation, illustrates unbearable circumstances and practical steps to ratchet up populace pressure.
“As discontent rises and practical solutions evaporate, that dirty historic sentiment begins to bubble to the surface, SECESSION. Russell D. Longcore provides a standard, when secession is a vital and justified option that many would accept.
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