Posted by: coastcontact | September 25, 2013

Don’t Like Your Government – Just Secede

Modoc County Board of Supervisors voted to join Siskiyou County in their effort to withdraw from the State of California.

Jefferson State

…a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, … Thomas Jefferson

Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable. John F. Kennedy

The above two quotes appear on the Jefferson State web page.

The fault in this scheme is that every area that finds itself in the minority has the right to succeed.  This was settled in the Civil War.  States have no right to secede.  Areas of individual states should function with the same expectation.

Article IV, Section. 3 – U.S. Constitution
New States may be admitted by the Congress into this Union; but no new State shall be formed or erected within the Jurisdiction of any other State; nor any State be formed by the Junction of two or more States, or Parts of States, without the Consent of the Legislatures of the States concerned as well as of the Congress.

Upstate New York has thrives despite its cultural differences with NYC and that surrounding suburban spread.

So while parts of Northern California and Southern Oregon want to form a new state so do parts of Idaho and Montana want the same thing.  Just this past week rural northern Colorado reached the same conclusion.  The only state cut from another state is West Virginia and that was the result of the Civil War.

Democracy works when we accept the idea of majority rule.  It does not work when we split apart.  Wait a minute.  Tell that to the Congress.



  1. Nicely said and I got quite the laugh at the last sentence

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