According to Fox News, “At least two counties — Siskiyou and Modoc — have already reportedly voted for withdrawal.” Another county’s ballot initiative to get a referendum for secession was successful; it will be voted on in June of this year. Seven additional counties “now claim popular committees in support of the long-shot measure.”
A growing number of northern Californians have reached a breaking point; they say their only options are to move — or secede.
From Fox News:
“We are staking our futures on our ability to live and thrive in this area,” Kayla Nicole Brown, a 23-year-old from Redding who is now a leader in Shasta County’s secession movement, told The Times. “And if we can’t, we have to leave.”
The Times reports majority votes in both the state Legislature and the U.S. Congress are required for secession to actually occur.
But The Times cites the growing prevalence of what is called the State of Jefferson Flag around the Golden State’s northern reaches.
Sporting a gold pan with two X’s to signify the double-crossing dealt the residents of the rural area by the state legislature far to the south in Sacramento, it proudly flies outside the Palace Barber Shop in Yreka, the seat of Siskiyou county.
“I think we should do it,” Isaiah Solus, a 14-year-old Yreka resident and descendant of Siskiyou County pioneers from Portugal, told The Times. “We’re a whole different part of the state. We need our own water, we need our own rules…. We need a whole different set of things than the city people.” […]
Punky Hayden, a 72-year-old from the Marble Mountain region, located just south of the Oregon border, railed of late at the indifference to the specific demands of his rural existence by urban-centric politicians in Sacramento. “We’re governed by Los Angeles and San Francisco,” the former logger told The Times. “We live by their rules, and we don’t like living by their rules.”
It will definitely be interesting to see how the Northern Californians’ efforts unfold. As it currently stands, it will certainly be a “long shot,” as Fox News mentioned. They would need approval from the state of California and I am sure the southern half would hate to lose all of that tax revenue they need to fund their growing government. As this secession movement gains more steam, we can likely expect a strong resistance from southern California.
LA Times writes:
Majority votes are required in the state Legislature and U.S. Congress for separation to occur. The last state to do so was West Virginia — in 1863 — and dozens of regions across the U.S. have since seen their efforts fizzle, most recently last month when just five of 11 Colorado counties voted to form an independent state.
But in the northern rural counties of California, the idea has widespread backing from frustrated residents craving economic opportunity and control.
No one said the defense of liberty would be easy.
As Mark Baird, a resident of northern California, asked:
“Are we just going to go have an ice cream and complain? Or are we going to do something about it? […] All we want is the right to determine our own future. This is for our children, and their children.”
However the outcome might turn out, the citizens of northern California are embarking on a noble journey to independence, choice, and freedom. They are making a principled stand for liberty and small government; this is both admirable and inspiring.
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