To understand the situation in New Mexico, its enmity towards liberty, and its tolerance and embrace of tyranny (currently in the form of MIchelle Lujan Gresham), we have to look at history, going back 1400 years and across the seas.
For more than 700 years, the people of Iberia (today’s Spain, Portugal, and Catalonia) fought against an evil empire which had conquered and basically enslaved them. Finally, in 1492, the Spanish rulers of a united Crown finally kicked the last of the Muslim Moors across the Straits of Gibraltar into Africa.
Recently, the New Mexico Supreme Court, stated that the “Governor” of New Mexico had the power to arbitrarily levee $5,000 fines for any restaurant that does not submit to her dictatorial decrees – and refused to close their doors. Even two weeks ago, it was estimated that a minimum of 700 restaurants and cafes would close “for good.” That number now appears to be way too low in this state of 2 million people.
The Supreme Court is usually seen as being a lapdog for Michelle Lujan-Gresham, a tyrant who has used the excuse of the Pandemic Panic to become a dictator. She recently stated that she has the power to fire any mayor of any city or town in the State who fails to obey her edicts. She has sent troops to lockdown cities; she has sent State Police (rightly called Gestapo) to arrest political opponents on trumped-up charges. She is working on her stated goals of ending all oil and gas production and consumption in “her State.”
Unfortunately, I fear that this is exactly what can be expected in the Land of Enchantment, the State of New Mexico. Its social, cultural, and political heritage seem to have doomed it to tyranny and oppression. Lujan Gresham is NOT an anomoly in New Mexican history.
Readers know that the Barton family is based in the Black Hills, and operates frequently in the Four Corners and sometimes on the Front Range of Colorado, with work stretching across eight states on a regular basis.
Freedom of the road is important to us. The Fifty States is (or WAS) the world’s biggest free-trade zone. (Almost REAL free-trade, not the sort of garbage that NAFTA and TPP pretended was free-trade.) Why do I say “was?” Because of the Lockdown and the Pandemic Panic.
One symbol of that, and the spirit of entrepreneurship for 80 years has been the Sturgis, or Black Hills, Motorcycle Rally. THE EIGHTIETH RALLY STARTS TODAY!
In The Nation, Eric Alterman’s lengthy article states, “Not All Presidential Liars Are Created Equal” He should know: doesn’t it take one to know one? While some of what he writes is the truth, he leaves out the most important parts.
He is right in one sense, in his closing: we MUST face the problem that IS government head-on.
We are the heirs of the American Revolution. They are the heirs of the French and Haitian and Bolshevik Revolutions — the heirs of the street mobs, of the guillotine and the gulag. Actually, they are COUNTER-Revolutionaries: their political ancestors let others actually overthrow the old order of tyranny and monarchy, then the Robespierres and Lenins overthrew the true revolutionaries. Imposing something even worse that what preceded the first revolution in a country.
This interesting news bit floated across my screen last week. ‘Narco-antennas’ keep appearing in Mexico, another sign cartels are reaching far beyond drugs. Indeed, they seem to be assuming power and doing things the way the mobs in Chicago, New York, and elsewhere never did.
As a result, we may soon be seeing a Mexico that is a historical and geographical description, but in reality consists of multiple independent states, similar to the Pre-Bismarck Germanies.
One thing that millions of Americans have learned in the Pandemic Panic and Lockdown is that the “police forces” of American States and local governments are far from the only threat to liberty. What liberty we have left, that is.
The various “public health departments” located in every State and virtually every county, city, and Tribe, exercised their muscle. They have demonstrated that their agents and leaders rival uniformed cops in the way they can seize power, take away freedom, and punish people. Not just rival but exceed. And often without benefit of such niceties as “laws” and “courts” and human rights.
All of course, with the excuses “it is for your own good,” “it is for the children” and “it is essential to protect the public.” And today we see that the tools of oppression are just giving these unelected bureaucrats and power-hungry goons in white coats MORE power.