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California County Secession: Siskiyou Wants Out

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Some people in California are getting fed up with the state and its constant financial troubles and want out. The Board of Supervisors in Siskiyou County voted 4-1 on Tuesday to pursue leaving California to become its own independent state of Jefferson.

Since one county of 44,000 people doesn’t make for much of a state, the Northern California county plans to ask other counties from the area in California and Oregon to jump ship and join them, something some Siskiyou residents think won’t be too difficult. ”Many proposed laws are unconstitutional and deny us our God-given rights,” said Siskiyou County resident Gabe Garrison. “We need our own state so we can make laws that fit our way of life.”

According to County Supervisor Michael Kobseff, he doesn’t know of anyone in the county who is against the split. “I haven’t had one contact in regard to this issue that’s in opposition,” Kobseff said. Only one Siskiyou supervisor is against making the county part of a new state. Board Chair Ed Valenzuela voted against the proposal because he wants to fix the problems “within the system.” Valenzuela also says that such talk is against the Constitution, which he wants to uphold with any proposals he supports while in office.

Siskiyou isn’t the first California county that wants to become its own independent state and probably won’t be the last. County officials in Riverside petitioned to split the state in half in 2011, which lawmakers called a waste of time. California Governor Jerry Brown’s spokesperson told Californians where they could move if they were unhappy with the state. “If you want to live in a Republican state with very conservative right-wing laws, then there’s a place called Arizona,” the spokesperson said in 2011 when secession talks were catching fire.

Siskiyou better hurry if it wants to become the 51st state, as they have some competition. Some counties in Colorado want to do the same thing as Siskiyou, and some citizens want their state to leave the U.S. altogether. The White House’s petition website saw a flurry of petitions last year asking the Obama Administration to consider allowing their state to secede.

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  • sk

    If they want to form their own state, I fail to see the problem, they will still be part of the union and the precedent was set during the Civil War with the formation of West Virginia out of nine counties that did not agree with secession from the union by Virginia.
    As long as they stay within the framework of the United States, they are within their rights to form their own state.

  • john brodey

    And there’s the problem, lack of knowledge about how geopolitics works leads people to think it’s a simple matter to take their ball and go home. It would be redundant. Forming another state would basically give us another Mississippi, a state that contributes less in taxes that it takes in ‘welfare’ from the government. The answer is to tell those 44,000 disgruntled citizens to grow up and understand that you don’t always get your way. If they think they can live without Mom and Dad’s allowance, they are truly delusional.

  • john brodey

    And there’s the problem, lack of knowledge about how geopolitics works leads people to think it’s a simple matter to take their ball and go home. It would be redundant. Forming another state would basically give us another Mississippi, a state that contributes less in taxes that it takes in ‘welfare’ from the government. The answer is to tell those 44,000 disgruntled citizens to grow up and understand that you don’t always get your way. If they think they can live without Mom and Dad’s allowance, they are truly delusional.

    • k

      For a “know it all” you don’t know anything. You’re assuming these people will be a liability to the federal system. The character of the people who want to depart will not allow them to be a drain on society. These people are sick of libs screaming until they get their way and imposing their will on others. They are sick of blacks getting away with murder, literally. They are sick of a broken system that will not acknowledge it’s broken. In short they are sick of people like you. I am sick of people like you.
      These people want to live and raise their families without the over reach of the government.
      You have a tendency to frame these people as children.
      With your smart ass attitude and flippant remarks I am convinced you are the adolescent. Geopolitics? You are reaching on that one.

  • Robert Echola

    I think if they want out they should be allowed to split. I’m still waiting for the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to split from the rest of Michigan and call itself Superior.

    • chris

      really what are they going to to do sell wood to support it or become a burden of the federal goverment to come and bail them out because they cant survive with out he bottom part of michigan please use your brain that god gave you

      have a nice day
      and yes i live in michigan

  • EmBee

    There was going to be a State of Jeffereson which included a few northern Cali counties and some southern Oregon counties. It was all set to be done when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor and Congress had better things to do.

  • chris

    It’s sad that we choose to live in such a glorious state with so much to offer in the way of parks, beauty, and recreation but we have to live with the liberal statist progressives way of life. If California was more independent and leaned towards liberty these people would not be asking to leave. I would rather propose that LA and SF be asked to leave California and take the dingbat Brown with them!

  • Leon

    why notjust n. Calif and s.Calif?

  • The Law

    I think that all the people who dislike the laws of the state or country they live in should just leave that state or country, or simply live the way they want under the freedoms they have within the structure of America’s existing law. While I agree that political correctness has run amock and actually taken away some of our freedoms I think that for the most part you can still do what you want to do, regardless of what others think about it. So if you feel that you can’t do what you wantwhere you are then go somewhere else.

  • Jim Kelly

    I can’t believe people do not see the slippery slope. Would the splitting stop? At the very least, we would have ten more states.

    Moreover, these regions or counties that want to split would generate revenue how? What would be the basis of their economy? They would only become another subsidized state. If you don’t like a state, move! That’s LIBERTY! In other countries and parts of world, geographic mobility is limited or non existent.

    If you are in the minority, move! The corruption is Illinois is so pervasive and perpetual, so I MOVED! The people footing the bill for the California financial crisis are in SF, LA, SD, SJ. They aren’t in some small town surrounded by woods. They aren’t in Eureka or Redding.

    I’m in the top 5% of top earners, we paid 60% of all Income taxes. Perhaps, we should have our own state.

  • Joe

    California is broke. People are leaving. Sales tax is around 13% or 14 % …California is a joke ran by a idiot.

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