Several questions were recently put to Mark Baird asking for answers on our reasoning why we desire to separate into a 51st state. It is easy enough to figure out the questions, so here are Mark’s responses.
The State of Jefferson has nothing to do with social justice.
Social justice is a utopian myth created by Karl Marx and Joseph Engels. Social Justice as applied to government, is a tool used by very powerful, and usually very wealthy individuals, to control large populations. I have in my career, travelled the world. I have seen socialism and communism fail in every single instance. Tens of millions of human beings have suffered and died under the banner of social justice. The failure of wealth redistribution is a very long story. Too long for an email. If you are really interested in the truth about the failure of social justice, we can speak of this, perhaps another time.
Our movement is for representation, guaranteed us under Article Four, Section 4 of the United States Constitution.
The United States of America is unique in the world for ONE reason. Certain recognitions were made by our Founders. Certain “truths”, which became the basis of our government. Our experiment in Constitutional Republic, changed the world forever. These ” self evident” truths are that all men, are created equal and are endowed by their creator, with certain inalienable rights. Among, (not limited to, but only some of), those rights are Life, liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.
Freedom and Liberty are not the same.
In order to secure our Liberties, we traded some of our freedom, to government. In effect, we traded a portion of the right to do whatever we want, whenever we want, in order to provide a mechanism, (government), for defense of the Liberties we hold most dear. Our “deal” with government is that there are some things the people will allow, however government must recognize and be held accountable for one fact. Government derives all of its “just” power only by consent of the governed.
The above paragraph boils down to representation. We need no permission from government to conduct our lives. We do need representation, however, to ensure that government does not reach into areas in which, government has no jurisdiction. We need representation, to ensure that the monies for which we are taxed, are used, not only to good purpose, but also used as the people who work for, and pay those taxes wish them to be spent. Remember the old saying, ” no taxation without representation”?
Government is power, nothing more. Absolute power, corrupts absolutely. Representation is the only check on that power.
We, in rural northern California have no effective representation. The Supreme Court saw to this in 1965. We had representation by County for the State Senate, and representation by population in the State Assembly. This is also a long story, which began with the original 13 Colonies. Once again, of you are really interested in the truth, we can speak further, in another venue.
Suffice it to say, that the Federal model of government allows representation by area, no matter how small or how sparsely with the United States Senate. Two Senators for each State regardless of size or population. California, along with many other states had a Federal model of government until 1965. Yet the Supreme Court stepped into what one Justice referred to as ” the political thicket”, when they acted to deny this right to the several states, even though it was the model of government expressly spelled out in our Constitution.
Los Angeles, now has around thirty representatives. The northern third of California has three!
Each State Assembly person represents 450,000 people. Each State Senator, represents 950,000 people. George Washington said, “One representative for each thirty thousand people is Liberty. One representative for each forty thousand is tyranny.”
Since the United States Supreme Court has decided to legislate voting districts, the only viable avenue to regain representation for Rural Northern California, is to split the state into a division which will adequately represent the needs, the wishes, the culture, and the Liberty of its people.
The only other way to guarantee representation to the people of Jefferson, is a return to the Federal model of government. Overturn the Sims vs Reynolds decision. We will probably try to do that too.
The movement is apolitical. It has nothing to do with parties, or with issues. We have the right to representation. We have the duty and the responsibility to institute forms of government which fulfill their obligations to the people whom they serve.
The Time Has Come For 51
Jefferson Declaration Committee
Tonight, Nov. 4, 2013, all five members of the Fort Jones Town Council, pop. 650, voted in favor of supporting Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors Sept. 3, 2013 approval of the Declaration to withdraw from the State of California.
Mark Baird, spokesman for the Jefferson Declaration Committee, explained the grievances of over-regulation and under-representation in the State of California. Each Assemblyman or woman represents over 455,000 citizens and each Senator represents over 900,000 citizens. Baird explained that a return to representation by county would provide the needed common sense for governance in rural counties.
Baird said he is receiving comments from a few people that say working for a 51st State is just “too hard.” And Baird responded that he hopes this is not the NEW standard for Americans, because Americans have always been able to do the “hard” things.
The earlier part of the Town Council meeting set the perfect scenario for leaving the sinking ship of California and its devastating over-layering of regulations. The town can’t even hire a dog catcher, because of the extensive training and certificates this individual must have; and there are three “vicious” dogs that have threatened children, the Halloween Parade participants, pedestrians and bitten a bicyclist. Red-tape in contracting with the county for animal nuisance problems is even over-whelming.
Potential problems with Obamacare may destroy the volunteer fire department and Emergency Safety crew; and the well-functioning sewer pond must now undergo expensive studies to prove it is working correctly.
Fort Jones Town Council includes: Mayor Tom McCulley and council men and women: Kate Tasem, Loren Berck, Annie Smith and Don Berry.
The room was full with over 30 individuals there to support the Declaration to withdraw from the State of California.
The first few minutes, the background noise of eating is frustrating, but it does get better.
Lots of good info on the hows and whys for the State of Jefferson.
This meeting was held at the Samoa Cookhouse in Eureka, CA.
Eureka, Humboldt => http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGuKK5ET_jQ
Thank you to Tom Pease for filming and Kevin Gee for getting it into youtube!
Speaking to a full-house on Tuesday of last week, Mark Baird explains the whys and hows to create the State of Jefferson.
Check out the video — it is an hour long, but provides important explanations.
Crescent City, Del Norte => http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oB8iA95Awus
JD comment: On Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, Mark Baird, spokesman for the Jefferson Declaration Committee spoke to the Del Norte County Supervisors a few minutes and invited them to a meeting that evening in Crescent City, where he spoke to a full house. Eight fearless folks stepped forward to organize the Del Norte County Declaration Committee. – Admin Liz Bowen
Written by Anthony Skeens, The Triplicate October 11, 2013 02:30 pm
The Triplicate, Crescent City, CA
The State of Jefferson wants you.
The local Tea Party Patriots chapter hosted Mark Baird before a packed house at the Del Norte County Fairgrounds on Tuesday night.
He said Northern California needs to separate from the rest of the state and join select counties in Southern Oregon to form the State of Jefferson due to a lack of representation in Sacramento.
Baird is seeking 12 California counties to sign a declaration informing California and the rest of the nation that they wants to break up.
Supervisors for Modoc and Siskiyou counties recently voted in favor of the idea, but the Redding City Council rejected it.
The State of Jefferson concept reached its zenith in 1941 when Northern Californians and Southern Oregonians banded together, even declaring a governor. When Pearl Harbor was bombed, the idea gave way to a focus on national patriotism.
“We want to form a state where we can start over,” said Baird, clad in a camouflage hat with a snake above the words, “Don’t Tread on Me,” a Carhartt long-sleeve shirt and blue jeans. “This is an achievable thing.”
He said far-Northern California lacks representation in Sacramento, and its residents’ issues and needs are not being properly addressed. Instead, urban areas are dictating how the rest of the state is living because they have a majority of the representation.
Far-Northern California essentially has three legislative districts covering a huge geographic area.
The crowd was receptive to Baird’s oration as he drew on theoretical solutions to address the complexities of actually re-marking boundaries within the United States.
Pelican Bay State Prison? Well, make a deal with California to give the prison infrastructure to Jefferson in exchange for 10 years of free operations.
Economy? A unidentified Silicon Valley businessman — Baird said he tried hard to get his name but couldn’t — said he’d move his business to Jefferson because doing business in California is too regulated. Retooled and sustainable milling could also support the economy.
The kick-start? Well, Jefferson would be given the money that California would have normally received for the counties.
State Police? Forget about it. Local sheriff’s deputies and police will do the work.
Legislators? The new state would only need part-time legislators, who would be volunteers stepping up to ensure Jefferson’s needs are met in the nation’s capital. Then they could go home and do their real jobs like the rest of the Jeffersonians.
He harked back to a past Del Norte when lumber and fishing were abundant. He drew toward a conservative, religious background by separating the ideals of rural and urban Californians, using a recently approved transgender support bill as his lynchpin.
He spoke about the difficulty of living in a regulated California while also preaching that far-Northern Californians have the constitution to weather the challenges that would be brought forth by establishing a new state. They have a work ethic and do-it-yourself mentality that could ensure a better future for their children, he said.
“We’re tough people,” said Baird. “We cut our own fire wood.”
Baird was on a roll and had the audience’s ear and applause.
He is calling on Del Norters to petition the Board of Supervisors to sign a declaration demanding separation from the state.
Supervisor Roger Gitlin introduced Baird and praised his ideas.
“Sacramento is deaf and dumb and blind” to Del Norte issues, said Gitlin.
Supervisor Gerry Hemmingsen also was in attendance. In an interview with the Triplicate on Wednesday, he agreed with Baird that there is a lack of rural representation in Sacramento.
“I’m leaving an open mind about the whole thing,” said Hemmingsen. “It’s up to the people.”
Mark Baird, spokesman for Jefferson Declaration Committee, spoke in Oroville, CA explaining why and how a new state can be formed.
A Declaration Committee has been organized in Butte County.
If you are interested in helping get “support signatures” or doing other activities, please email us at: JeffersonDeclaration@yahoo.com
(Vimeo is much like youtube and you may need to download the vimeo program.)
Thank you to Tom Pease for filming and getting this video available!
Siskiyou County supervisors were the first to say their county wants out of California. Modoc County followed with a vote to secede. Now State of Jefferson supporters are lining up other counties to vote.
They just conducted a secession vote in Redding on Tuesday night, which makes no sense. How can a city, but not the county, secede from the state? Would it have to be renamed Redding Island?
They won’t have to worry. The City Council voted 3-2 to reject the idea, but those State of Jefferson supporters were barking up the wrong tree. If they go to the Shasta County supervisors, they’ll approve it.
Then the Jefferson fever will start to spread. Lassen County wouldn’t want to be left out. Nor would Del Norte County. Or Plumas County.
A few people in Butte County are getting fired up over joining Jefferson. They’re hoping to get on the county supervisors’ Oct. 22 agenda for a vote. It’s not on any agenda so far, the county says. It’s probably just a matter of time, because a lot of people are excited about discussing the possibility of separating from California.
A State of Jefferson supporter at the Redding meeting this week told reporter Jon Lewis of the website anewscafe.com the idea is spreading like wildfire. “There are hundreds, if not thousands, working on this movement,” Lon Currey was quoted as saying, “and it’s only been alive three weeks.”
Uh, not exactly. Folks in the far north and southern Oregon tried to form the State of Jefferson in 1941. It never happened, but many people up there never let go of the romantic notion of a smaller state attuned to their needs. There are many businesses named after the hoped-for state, including Jefferson Public Radio, the State of Jefferson Brewfest in Dunsmuir and the since-departed State of Jefferson Brewery in Crescent City. The State of Jefferson even has its own website — actually, a couple of them — and those folks in Redding had State of Jefferson T-shirts.
What more do you need to form a new state besides beer, T-shirts, a website and a radio station?
The border states in southern Oregon want out from underneath the folks in Salem for the same reason the border states in Northern California want out from underneath the folks in Sacramento: Everybody feels ignored by their government and hates the state’s mandates.
So pick your beef with the government, and that becomes the reason to secede.
They’re stealing our water? Secede.
They’re passing a bunch of idiotic gun laws? Secede.
They won’t let us cut our timber anymore? They won’t let us ride ATVs? They want us to just watch while mountain lions attack our livestock? They’re taking our tax money and not spending it here? They’re making us follow all these ridiculous environmental regulations? They’re taking away all our freedoms one by one? They’re not listening to us? Secede.
There’s no doubt the idea is attractive. The State of Jefferson concept started with the border areas in California and Oregon. But other counties don’t want to be left behind by Siskiyou and Modoc. And so, in the frenzy, you hear chatter about secession in Del Norte, in Humboldt, in Trinity, in Shasta, in Lassen, in Butte, in Plumas …
Last week I saw a comment from somebody in El Dorado County, which is Central California in my book, who said his county should be included.
And if El Dorado is in the State of Jefferson, certainly Mono and Inyo will want out. Then Mariposa. And Tulare. And Kern.
By the end of this, the only county left in California will be Sacramento County. Everybody else will secede.
Which makes this new State of Jefferson sound entirely too large and ungovernable.
David Little is editor of the Enterprise-Record. His column appears each Sunday. He can be reached at email@example.com.
News in Jefferson Country
Oct. 4, 2013
Broadcast on KSYC and KSIZ radio in Yreka, CA
News in Jefferson Country from Pie N Politics.com Editor Liz Bowen: Interest in creating the State of Jefferson continues to be news as media of all types are requesting more information on why the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors approved a Declaration to withdraw from the State of California on September 3rd.
Earlier this week, a reporter and film crew were sent by Glenn Beck to Yreka. “The Blaze” crew filmed the Board of Supervisors meeting, interviewed several supervisors and then spent two hours discussing the situation with Jefferson Declaration Committee spokesman Mark Baird, who explained it really boils down to representation. California is the worst state in the nation to provide equal representation. Mark explained that in the California senate there is only one person representing over 950,000 people. That is truly a diluted voice.
“The Blaze” expects to broadcast the article on Siskiyou’s Declaration within two weeks.
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News in Jefferson Country – Page 2
Oct. 4, 2013
Broadcast on KSYC and KSIZ radio in Yreka, CA
Baird provides more interviews
And it doesn’t stop there as Mark Baird continues to provide interviews to major news outlets. Sacramento Bee sent a reporter to Yreka this week; and Ron Brown, television reporter for Medford, Oregon’s Channel 12 interviewed Mark extensively on this morning.
A week ago, Mark spoke in Butte County to a packed house and he will be speaking to the Del Norte County Supervisors on October 8th ; and to interested groups in both Del Norte and Humboldt County on October 8th and 9th.
A Humboldt County Declaration Committee has been organized and is up and running. Yes, Mark Baird reports that interest is growing by leaps and bounds. For more information go to: Jefferson Declaration.net.
And the Jefferson News Service.com preparedness tip for outdoor cooking is an old-fashioned percolating coffee pot that can handle campfire flames.
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By Liz Bowen
With a huge crowd attending the Redding City’s Council meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013 the council took up an agenda item to discuss a Declaration to withdraw from the State of California. More than 20 individuals, including younger folks, spoke in favor of the Declaration.
After discussion, the council did take a vote. It failed as only two councilmen voted in favor or the Declaration: Patrick Jones and Gary Cadd. The other three council persons voted no.
Leaders of the Shasta Co. Declaration Committee said they are not daunted and still believe one or two council persons could change their minds in a future vote.
The following is a response from Mark Baird, spokesman for the Jefferson Declaration Committee.
Thank you everyone for your brilliant and unified effort at the Redding City Council. 3 to 2 is not a defeat. It is merely a temporary setback. One more vote and we have the vote.
One vote is not too tough at all and certainly not after what we have been through We cannot expect to win every vote on the first try. Everyone who spoke is a hero and everyone who attended to lend support is a hero as well. We are doing something important. We are doing something that in the Words of your Mayor is difficult. WE ALL agree this must be done to change our lives and that of our families.
Now here is the test!
Who will continue in the face of hardship? How many will be sunshine patriots and how many are in this for the long haul. We all know our cause is just. WE all see the truth and wisdom in what we are doing. We are doing some thing Historic. Some thing which naturally will scare the bureaucrats.
Lets redouble our efforts now!
Why not bury the City Council with ten thousand signatures and then politely and professionally ask for another vote.
If that does not work, how about announcing a couple of candidates for the next election who believe in following the will of the people? Please remember to reward the elected officials who took a courageous stand in the vote. Do not forget to thank them and remind them we are not finished. Not finished by a long shot.
Thank you again for what you have achieved. You have achieved unity of purpose. You have DONE something and I do not think we can possibly be stopped now. The train has left the station and now we must go forward.
Thank you all,
Jefferson Declaration Committee.