Volume 3 . Issue 9                    May 11, 2019

"Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation, must begin by subduing the freedom of speech" - Benjamin Franklin
The Hive or The Individual

The Constitutional Republic we call The United States of America, is the first and only nation in the world to declare unequivocally that our Rights come from God! This, by default, places our inalienable Rights out of government's reach. As our attorney so eloquently states in the Second Amendment lawsuit against California, “God endowed people with certain inalienable rights, rights no government could take away; these rights were inalienable by the government because they were derived from a source more powerful than, and entitled to more respect than the government”.

My question is this, "Are Second Amendment or any of the inalienable rights collective, or are these Individual rights?" Are we simply creatures of the hive, subject to the needs of the hive and to the ever-changing dynamics of the hive mind? Or are we individuals with individual wants and needs which we, as individuals, are capable of determining?

The answer to this question is easy. The government, the hive, doesn’t have rights; only individuals have rights. The purpose of government is to secure rights, not to enjoy them.

Once long ago at the police academy, an instructor told us that peace officers are not entitled to peace. The job of a peace officer is to ensure that law-abiding citizens may enjoy peace themselves, no matter the strife the officer must endure to guarantee that peace. In order to have peace, we must have Liberty.

Inalienable rights are individual rights endowed, or given by Almighty God, to each individual at the moment of his conception; the same God who is the supreme judge of the universe. The legal argument to support this notion comes from writers and scholars with whose writings the founders were very familiar with:

William Blackstone,John Locke, Montesquieu, Cicero, and many others.

God is the ultimate free expression in the universe. God can do as he wishes. No one can stop this and no one, no government is superior to God. We were created in God’s image, and although we are physical beings, we were created with inherent freedoms which are also part of God’s nature. The only limits placed upon those Liberties are those which we willingly place by delegating limited and well-defined powers to government, in order to secure the Liberties we hold most dear from usurpation by outside forces.

Our Liberties are absolute unless or until our individual Liberty would infringe upon the individual Liberty of another. That boundary is determined by individual responsibility and individual morality. Law does not prevent crime and it was not meant to. PC 187 never stopped a murder. It only outlines the punishment for the crime. Law simply punishes those too amoral or irresponsible to limit behaviors to that which is morally acceptable. I believe it was Ben Franklin who said that the Constitution was intended to govern a moral people and it is wholly unsuited for any other. If we as a people turn our back on God and morality, no police force, no amount of government intervention will save us from tyranny nor save our Republic from destruction. Abraham Lincoln said that no army of Europe or Asia would ever be powerful enough to take one drink from the Mississippi. No, if we are to be destroyed, it will be by our own hand.

Mark Baird

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Mariposa County Courthouse
Half Dome in Yosemite National Forest

Meet the County: Mariposa
by Karen Briese

In 1806, Spanish explorers named the local area ‘Las Mariposas’ (The Butterflies), after the masses of butterflies they found here. Mariposa became the name for the creek, the town and the county.

Known as the ‘Mother of Counties’, Mariposa at one time encompassed all or part of 12 other counties. Mariposa is one of the original 27 California counties created at statehood in 1850.

Mariposa sits north of the official ‘center’ of California in the Sierra Nevada. Elevations range from 883 feet to 12,966, and include rolling pastoral foothills and granite peaks.

The famous Golden Chain Hwy 49 winds through the county. Two of Yosemite National Park’s entrances are within Mariposa County.

Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Yosemite National Park and National Forest lands make up a large part of the county.

With a population of about 18,000, Mariposa County has about 12 people per square mile. With no incorporated cities, and no permanent stoplight in the entire county, Mariposa is the epitome of a rural county. The county seat and largest town in the county is Mariposa, with a population of about 2,200. The county governing body is a 5-member Board of Supervisors.

The Mariposa Courthouse landmark, built in 1854, is the oldest, continuously used courthouse west of Mississippi. Walking up the darkened, narrow creaky wood staircase to the second floor for

jury duty gives one the strong sense of history. Landmark mining cases were heard here. Mariposa is currently home to the State Mining and Mineral Museum, which houses a collection of invaluable minerals from all over the world.

Due to close proximity to Yosemite, tourism was part of life as far back as the 1800s. Historically, along with tourism, gold, copper, and aggregate mining, ranching, other agriculture, and lumber processing were all active industries. The county had thousands of mines and mineral claims in the past. Presently, most mining activities are severely limited due in large part to regulatory control.

The current economy relies heavily on tourism. Employment is in tourism and tourism support industries; local, state and federal Government; beef cattle, grapes, olive production and other agriculture. Dotted throughout the county are small family-run vineyards and small family farms.

Mariposa County has an active State of Jefferson group which works to spread the word about Jefferson and restoring Liberty. We meet supporters from all over the county, young to very seasoned. We listen and hear how people struggle with the many oppressive regulations that affect them, both personally and in their small businesses. We have been encouraged by some of the younger Mariposans who stop by our booths. They ‘get it’. They understand the untenable situation California has created and see that Jefferson offers hope for balanced representation and Liberty.

Reminder: It is county fair season!
With all of the county fairs being planned and coming up in the next few months, be sure to reserve a space for a Jefferson booth in your county to help spread the word. Nothing could be sweeter to the ears than the hopes and dreams of liberty and freedom.
Events are happening all over Jefferson Counties, too many to list here. For more information, please check the website, Events and Meetings or copy & paste:

Save the date!

Come out to Utica Park in Angels Camp on Saturday June 15, 2019, for a Family Fun Fundraiser. All proceeds will go to the SOJ legal fund. Doors open at noon, lunch will be served from 12:30-3:30 pm, which will include hamburgers, hot dogs, salads and sides. There will be games, prizes, drawings, local wine, and craft beer. Get your tickets before they sell out- $15/person or $25/couple, $5 for under 10 years. Tickets are available at Spur R Guns in Copperopolis, at the SOJ booth during Frog Jump, or email

A special drawing worth $500 will occur during the fundraiser. Tickets are only $5 each and will be available at the event or can be purchased ahead of time at the SOJ booth during the Calaveras County Frog Jump Fair. Winner need NOT be present to win.

Please visit for details.

See you there!

Thank you for the continued support,
Calaveras State of Jefferson Committee

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Standing County
Committee Meetings

Subject to change without notice.
Coos County, OR
3rd Wednesday each month - 6PM
60 W Third St
Coquille, OR

Curry County, OR
2nd Wednesday each month -
6:00 PM
Panthers Den
29513 Ellensburg Ave
Gold Beach, OR

Douglas County, OR
2nd Tuesday each month - 6 PM
Republican Headquarters
506 SE Jackson St
Roseburg, OR

El Dorado County
2nd Tuesday each month -
6:30 PM
American Legion Hall, 4561 Greenstone Road, Placerville
Doors open 5:30 to 6:30 PM, to socialize, ask questions and/or enjoy a meal.  The meeting time: 6:30 – 8:00 PM

Jackson County, OR
2nd Thursday each month -
6:30 PM
County Library
412 E Main St
Rogue River, OR

Josephine County, OR
1st Thursday each month - 6:00 PM
Elmer's Restaurant
GP Parkway and Foothill Blvd
Grants Pass, OR
3rd Thursday each month -
6:00 PM
Kerby Belt Building

Klamath County, OR
1st Tuesday each month -
6:00 PM
Sizzler's Meeting Room
2506 S Sixth St
Klamath Falls, OR

Mariposa County
4th Tuesday each month - 5:30 PM
Happy Burger Diner Meeting Room
5120 State Hwy 140 at 12
th St

Nevada County
2nd and 4th Tuesdays each month - 6:00 PM
Robinson's Conference Center 293 Lower Grass Valley Hwy
Nevada City

Placer County
3rd Wednesday each month - 6 PM
Come early for dinner
Round Table Pizza
370 Elm Ave

Shasta County
Mondays at 5:30 PM
2570 S. Bonnyview Road

Shasta County Intermountain Patriots
2nd Tuesday each month - 6:30 PM
Burney Lions Hall
Main Street, Burney

4th Tuesday each month
Social time - 5 PM
The Ol Merc
Hwy 299, McArthur
Meeting time - 6:30 PM
McArthur Lions Hall,  Hwy 299

Stanisluas County
1st & 3rd Wednesday each month - 6:30 PM
Grizzly Rock Cafe
4905 North Golden State Blvd  

Sutter and Yuba Counties
 4th Monday each month - 6:30 PM
Church of Glad Tidings Building 500, Room 212
1179 Eager Road
Yuba City
Tehama County
 1st  & 3rd Friday each month -
7:00 PM
Westside Grange
20794 Walnut Street
Red Bluff

Trinity County
 2nd Thursday each month -
6:30 PM
Hayfork Community Church
7450 State Highway 3
3rd Wednesday each month -
6:00 PM
Round Table Pizza
120 Nugget Lane

Tuolumne County
2nd Tuesday each month -
6:00 PM
Sonora Re/Max Building, 207 S Washington Street
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The State of Jefferson Formation is a grassroots effort to restore representation to the rural counties of Northern California. This movement is NOT affiliated with any political party. Over the last two years, presentations explaining the reasons for Jefferson have been given to all political parties, as well as men and women's service organization, chambers of commerce, county taxpayers associations, county and city government meetings, high school government classes, and town hall meetings for the general public, throughout Northern California.   The State of Jefferson welcomes everyone.
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