Meet the gun-totin' rebels who want to split from California
February 9, 2016
The State of Jefferson rebels that want to secede from northern California are "a bunch of Bible-thumpin', gun-totin', wild-eyed pistol-wavers." And that's how one of their supporters describes them.
Pull onto the freeway leaving the San Francisco International Airport, and you recognize the California from the movies: palm trees, speeding traffic, the glitter of the big city on the bay, the extended slog of suburbia. You may think you're already in Northern California, but you'd be wrong. You'll understand just how wrong by the time you reach your destination. It's not long before the landscape opens up and flattens out. This is the Sacramento River Delta, the rich farmland where they grow rice and almonds, tomatoes and alfalfa, sucking up vast amounts of water coming from the north. A roadside trailer flashes past, painted with the message that Jesus bled and died for you.