Saturday, October 29, 2011

The California Republic, it seems, still lives in out-of-the-way places -- and so do Sheriffs who are Oath Keepers.


Historic Bear Flag raised at Sonoma on June 14, 1846, by a group of American settlers in revolt against Mexican rule. The flag was designed by William Todd on a piece of new unbleached cotton. The star imitated the lone star of Texas. A grizzly bear represented the many bears seen in the state. The word, "California Republic" was placed beneath the star and bear. It was adopted by the 1911 State Legislature as the State Flag.

Rural rebellion brewing.

These rural folks, living in the shadow of the majestic Mount Shasta, believe that they are being driven away so that their communities can essentially go back to the wild, to conform to a modern environmentalist ethos that puts wildlands above humanity. As the locals told it during the Defend Rural America conference Oct. 22 at the Siskiyou Golden Fairgrounds, environmental officials are treading on their liberties, traipsing unannounced on their properties, confronting ranchers with guns drawn to enforce arcane regulatory rules and destroying their livelihoods in the process.

The evening's main event: a panel featuring eight county sheriffs (seven from California, one from Oregon) who billed themselves as "Constitution sheriffs." They vowed to stand up for the residents of their communities against what they say is an unconstitutional onslaught from regulators in Sacramento and Washington, D.C. In particular, they took issue with the federal government's misnamed Travel Management Plan, which actually is designed to shut down public travel in the forests.

Plumas County Sheriff Greg Hagwood related the stir he caused when he said he "will not criminalize citizens for just accessing public lands." Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey reminded the crowd that county sheriffs are sworn to uphold the Constitution "against all enemies, foreign and domestic." These are fighting words.

Sheriff Dean Wilson of Del Norte County said he was "ignorant and na├»ve about the terrible condition our state was in." He came to believe that people were being assaulted by their own government. "I spent a good part of my life enforcing the penal code but not understanding my oath." Wilson and other sheriffs said it is their role to defend the liberties of the people against any encroachments – even if those encroachments come from other branches of government.

15 comments:

Mark Matis said...

Thank God there are at least SOME few in "Law Enforcement" who actually are willing to consider honoring their oath of office!

davy crocket said...

Thanks for the positive news about CA. There are more patriots here than you'd think.If your in CA and you believe, get out and raise some hell. Haven't you had enough yet.

Anonymous said...

Northern California and Southern Oregon were just about ready to form the State Of Jefferson in 1941 but the attack on Pearl Harbor changed everything. As one who lives in this area, I can tell you a lot of us are hopping, flaming mad at the Feds and the collectivist bureaucracy mindset. Thank God we do have these sheriffs who are doing their civic and constitutional duty to protect us.

Metalchemist said...

Being born and raised in California I have seen this state be manipulated by the lifer type of politicans. There are quite a few that are CFR members. http://www.cfr.org/about/membership/roster.
Now I refer to this state as Commiefornia, Mexifornia,and Banifornia as the politicans are constantly passing more anti freedom, liberty, gun and constitutional bills that the latest poser's (governors) are only too happy to sign. Or they just let the bill set on their desk till time runs out and the bill automatically becomes LAW. This is not only an reprehensible outrage. The counties in the state are slowly loosing their sheriffs due to (intentional) budget shortfalls. Then the federal-ies (dictator) force steps into power. This has been taking place for the last 20 years slowly encroaching, death to freedom and liberty.
I do not live in Shasta county, but @ 300 miles south and 50 miles from Sacramento. Attempting to educate those willing to listen., Constantly preparing for the inevitable.
Thank You for all you have done in exposing the corrupt scoundrells that have taken over the government and thus the country.

Semper Peratus.
Acta Non Verbva !!!
PTSF.

Kent McManigal said...

Good job, guys. I hope they do stand up to the control-freaks.

I think I'd be a good sheriff, but government extremists probably wouldn't think so.

Anonymous said...

Long live the state of Jefferson!

Glad to see another local here.

brian said...

Half makes me wanna move back to join the fight. Was born and raised in ca and my parents moved back to Ohio....well for many reasons.

Frankenstein Government said...

As a retired copper and general government hater, this is good news.

Unlike the general public, cops actually have to read statutes in order to perform their jobs. That includes the intent of legislation. It puts them in the perfect position to see this garbage early after it is churned out by the statists that pretend to be patriots.

Anonymous said...

If you look at the 2000, 2004, or 2008 "red state vs blue state" maps you see one picture, but if you look at the same map colored in county by county or precinct by precinct you see quite another. The maps colored by county or precint show that even in hard core blue states like New York California, or Illinois you have a vast areas of red surrounding blue dots consisting of the major urban cores. Unforunately for those folks in the red areas, Illinois is controlled by Chicago, New York is controlled by NYC, and California is controlled by LA and San Francisco.

In those areas, the vote buyers and vote sellers have a lock on legislative power that we simply cannot hope to break unless they somehow wise up to the damage they are doing or are consumed by some kind of zombie apocalypse.

The question is, when the debt burden of those three states becomes such that they cannot issue any more welfare checks to the inner cities, will FedGov bail them out and if so with what?

Or perhaps more importantly, what will the residents of Harlem, Southside, and Oakland do when the welfare teat runs dry?

Ever watch the fleas jumping off of a dead rat?

Dedicated_Dad said...

Well, if USGS is correct, that would mean "8 down, 3133 to go."

I still think we're FOOKED.

Curtis said...

As I was reading the snippet on your blog, I was already thinking the same thing when I went to the story at the link:

I could pick nits. For all the complaining about the feds, Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko had just been quoted in the newspaper praising the Obama administration for its crackdown on medical-marijuana clinics, even though California law clearly allows them. One's either for state control or not.

My own last San Bernardino County Sheriff has stood up to the BLM hassling some of the local ranchers ... but he was far from being a constitutional Sheriff. If you are for one iota of it, but not all it ... you are not a constitutional Sheriff. Personal feelings used to justify what the feds can and can not do when it clearly violates the constitution and State law is rather hypocritical.

Not saying that I don't applaud them in this case, but it is nothing worthy of wrapping these Sheriffs in the constitution.

Anonymous said...

Got a thousand dollar bet each of these sheriff departments has brought charges against a citizens for some type of "illegal possession" charge -- all of which are unconstitutional, prior-restraint "laws". Albeit, gun possession is the one this blog is generaly concerned with.

Anonymous said...

I live in CA as well- in the San Jose area to be exact - and I can tell you, not many patriots in this area. I have to check every day to see whether this is still America; for we are outnumbered by 50:1 if not higher. Barely anybody speaks english, and the area resembles almost slumlike conditions such as trash everywhere, graffiti on everything, and a few parts are off limits to americans. Gangs are out of control, violence high, and the unemployed hanging out everywhere, many of them 'demanding' not asking for money, and can be quite intimidating, even forceful at times.
I would be happy to have a sheriff or police force who I could be sure standing with the few of us, but the numbers aren't there.

Oakenheart said...

http://pjmedia.com/instapundit/130621/
Last line has it.

Longbow said...

Frankenstein Government said:

"Unlike the general public, cops actually have to read statutes in order to perform their jobs. That includes the intent of legislation."

I made the tactical mistake of sipping coffee as I was reading this comment and, as a result, spewed hot coffee out my nose and all over my computer.

This is a joke, right? Any cop who can read English AND reads the next unconstitutional statue passed by the legislators, such as the ban on open carry in the whole State of California, has to make a decision.

He either says, "Oh, that is what we're doing today? OK, then lets roll.",

or he must search his conscience, if he has one, and make the decision to say, "No boss! That is unconstitutional and wrong! I ain't doin' it!".

Which do you think happens 99.99% of the time?

Hey, California Cops, I'll give you a hint. Here is one example of a time when YOU can uphold your oath and make the difference between liberty and tyranny. It is also an opportunity for YOU to define yourself as a "good guy":

"...the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed." (another hint: bear, in this context, means carry)

That is the highest law in the land. Anyone who infringes, or attempts to infringe, on the right of any man to keep and bear his own personal arms is violating the highest law in the land! Do you get it?

Are you going to enforce the Law? Or don't you care?