In response to Liz Bowen’s Nov. 19, 2013, Siskiyou Daily News column titled, “Efforts for the State of Jefferson.”
Liz Bowen and Mark Baird’s continual claims that Anthony Intiso and the Siskiyou County Grange-sponsored Jefferson Action Committee’s (JAC) Constitutional Petition Initiative for a new constitutional government within California is “terribly confusing,” is confusing within itself.
Confused yet? So for the people, “We the People,” I will make it extremely simple … It is my understanding that Anthony and JAC did not coin nor promote a “territory” when presenting the Constitutional Government Initiative to be voted on and built by the people of Siskiyou County.
For more than a year now, Bowen and Baird have been confusing people with tabloid reporting and government-controlled style radio broadcasts that claim Tony and JAC are trying to shoot their neighbors in the foot by “trying to establish a territory.” This is simply false. More-so, it appears to be yet another typical politically corrupt style of tactic to confuse the voter, using a hand-fed media platform as the junkyard dog:
• Siskiyou Daily News, Nov. 19, 2012
• Mark Baird-owned Buffalo Broadcasting KSYC Radio Station, Nov. 19, 2012
• Jefferson News Service, Nov. 19, 2012
• Scott Valley Protect Our Water (POW), Aug. 27, 2013
• Jefferson News Service, Oct. 10, 2013
• Siskiyou Daily News, Nov. 19, 2013
Origin of “Territory.” In actuality, the Siskiyou County Counsel’s title and summary (written by Siskiyou Counsel) of the chief purpose and points of the proposed Jefferson Republic Initiative – circulated petition for signatures to be put on ballot – clearly stated the following:
“Summary: This initiative would establish within the existing boundaries of Siskiyou County the Republic of Jefferson Territory. The ‘Republic of Jefferson Territory’ would become a geographic description that is synonymous with ‘Siskiyou County.’”
The stated purpose for establishing the Republic of Jefferson Territory is “the sustaining of Siskiyou County’s rural agrarian way of life, education and promotion of all of its natural resources and the health, safety, (and) welfare of all its citizens.”
Said summary written by Siskiyou County Counsel goes on to say:
“Although identified as a ‘territory,’ the Republic Jefferson Territory would not have the status of lands that have traditionally been described as United States Territories, which were lands that are under the jurisdiction of the United States government but are not part of a recognized state. Pursuant to Article IV, Section 3 of the United States Constitution, changes in the boundaries of any state must be approved by the legislature of the affected state(s) and the United States Congress. For that reason, the current status of Siskiyou County as a legal and political subdivision of the State of California would not be affected by this initiative.”
Page 2 of 2 - In closing, I hope people will no longer be “confused” by shoddy reporting and broadcasting for political gain. For more clarification on the Siskiyou Grange-sponsored Constitutional Government Initiative, please visit www.JeffersonRepublic.org.