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IF THE PEOPLE LEAD, WILL THE ‘LEADERS’ FOLLOW?

The Land of Enchantment’s constitution empowers citizens to convene a grand jury “to try and determine cases of capital, felonious or infamous crimes.”

 

And that’s exactly what three brave New Mexican women have done.

 

No longer content to wait for the truth into the creepy goings-on at Jeffrey Epsteins Santa Fe County property, Dinah Vargas, Stella Padilla, and Stefani Lord have collected enough signatures to demand “a Citizens Grand Jury to … get the Zorro Ranch criminally investigated.”

 

Seeking justice for victims — including Chauntae Davies, Virginia Giuffre, Annie Farmer, and “Jane Doe No. 9” — the petition notes the now-unquestionable “human trafficking, rape and sexual molestation” that occurred between 1995 and 2007. But with the arrest of Epstein “madam” Ghislaine Maxwell dominating headlines around the world, just one New Mexico media outlet covered the grassroots pressure for a grand jury to target the depravity at Zorro Ranch. Yesterday, KIVAs Eddy Aragon, who aided the petition effort, interviewed Vargas and Padilla, who described the lengthy process they experienced, attempting to get the rather snooty Santa Fe County Clerk to accept their filing.

 

As New Mexico goes, so goes the nation? If you believe the mainstream media, the 2020 presidential election is over. The incumbent is so far behind, he’d be wise to concede now. But voters might have something to say about that.

 

A fresh poll, conducted by the Democracy Institute, found that “President Trump is neck and neck with his rival Joe Biden” in the popular vote, and the incumbent “would win in the electoral college system by 309 to 229 delegates because he is on course to win the crucial swing states including Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.”

 

Furthermore, the same survey found that when given “a choice between which phrases identified their views,” a whopping 71 percent prefer “all lives matter,” compared to 29 percent favoring “black lives matter.”

 

That’s terrible news for the entity that calls itself “Black Lives Matter.” Among other kooky goals, it seeks to “disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and ‘villages’ that collectively care for one another, especially our children, to the degree that mothers, parents, and children are comfortable.”

 

Race, politics, “public health”: The elite/media narrative has immense power, to be sure. But individuals — either acting together in grassroots fashion, or simply casting their ballots on Election Day — still have the ability to bring meaningful change to what remains the Land of the Free.

SEEING THE BIGGER PICTURE IS TOUGH WHEN YOU’RE ON A POWER TRIP

Perspective.

 

It’s a good thing to have when the world’s on fire.

 

But perspective is something New Mexico’s governor, at least in the current “crisis,” woefully lacks.

 

In April, insufficient self-awareness prompted Michelle Lujan Grisham to violate her own “public health” order, in a successful attempt to obtain jewelry. Now, local officials are pushing back against her face-diaper dictate. (“Let’s make it really clear, that if you are not wearing a mask, I will cite you.”)

 

Lea County Sheriff Corey Helton argues that “a mandate is not a law,” and it is the task of legislators, not governors, to write and approve statutes. The sheriff of Chaves County agrees — his department “will not be enforcing, writing citations or doing anything of that nature.” Even in the home town of Lujan Grisham’s loyal lieutenant governor, mask enforcement is proving to be difficult. Silver City’s mayor holds the position that “police don’t have the authority to enforce the state public health order.”

 

The proper relationship between the legislative and executive branches of state government might concern you, but they matter very little to Lujan Grisham. A compliant press, dubious “legal experts,” and a weak “opposition” party ensure that the bubble she dwells in is not pierced by reality.

 

But perhaps, in time, New Mexicans will come to grasp the depth of Lujan Grisham’s disastrous overreaction to the novel coronavirus. And no tragedy better illustrates the governor’s dismal “leadership” than the death of Landon Fuller. As covered in a recent — and excellent — piece in the Albuquerque Journal, the Hobbs boy killed himself on April 23. Despondent over the loss of so many of the things he loved — “sports, riding his bike around the neighborhood with his friends and attending church with his parents and two older sisters” — Landon used his father’s firearm to end his life. He was 11 years old.

 

As reporters Ryan Boetel and Elise Kaplan documented, “Landon’s death was one of more than 2,300 unexpected deaths being analyzed by the Office of the Medical Investigator since the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in New Mexico in early March. That is nearly a 20% spike in unexpected deaths, which usually includes car crashes, suicides, homicides and some natural deaths.”

 

The governor was warned that the unintended consequences of a draconian “public health” lockdown would be severe. (The president currently occupying the White House — a man she despises, of course — understood the challenge early, noting that the COVID-19 response should not be worse than “the problem itself.”)

 

Yet lacking perspective of any kind, Lujan Grisham implemented a battery of disastrous controls that she defends to this day. Halting the commencement of “Phase 2” reopening, and blaming other states for New Mexico’s virus statistics, she is increasingly unmoored from reality.

 

The ship of state in the Land of Enchantment is listing, badly, and it is threatening to take all of us down with it.

 

That’s why thousands of New Mexicans have publicly endorsed the impeachment of “their” governor. (You can, too — print the petition here.) The rebellion against Lujan Grisham’s deadly folly has exactly the right perspective.

ORDER, TRADITION, AND STABILITY — WILL THEY EVER RETURN?

Last night, Tucker Carlson opened his program with a dense, lengthy monologue that explored the state of the nation and the fate of the Trump presidency.

The Fox News host recounted why so Americans voted for the 45th chief executive four years ago. They hoped that if he were elected, “you could say what you really believe,” the “basic promise of America could be restored,” and citizens could “live with dignity.” Trump’s “gut-level instincts,” Carlson averred, “were on the side of order, tradition, and stability.”

Obviously, those principles are in very short supply in a nation spiraling further and further out of control. Andrew Cuomo recently called the tearing-down of statues “healthy expression” and “good statements” made “about equality, about community, to be against racism, against slavery.” Residents of New York City probably wish their governor, and municipal officials, were devoting more of their attention to violence, and less to virtue-signaling interviews with sympathetic media. When compared against the “the same week last year,” the Big Apple’s crime stats reveal that “the total number of shooting victims rose 42 percent, along with 166 homicides to date compared to 134 from 2019. That represents a 24 percent increase in homicides year-over-year.”

 

Carlson’s claim that Democratic governors “immediately used the coronavirus quarantines to punish people who didn’t vote for them” is getting harder and harder to contradict. Yesterday, New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham “announced the state will not be entering phase 2 right away” because “she wants to see more data over the next few days and weeks.”

 

Here’s a factoid you won’t hear from Santa Fe’s Tiny Tyrant: 66.4 percent of New Mexico’s COVID-19 fatalities have occurred in just two counties. Outside of San Juan County and McKinley County, where tribal lands are truly suffering, the disease is nearly a nothingburger. Yes, all across the state, old folks and people with compromised immune systems and other serious medical conditions need special precautions. But for the rest of us, life should have returned to normal long ago.

 

Order, tradition, and stability. They make for a healthy, flourishing society. But far-left pols care about power more. That’s why New Mexico’s governor will be monitoring the mood of the state’s government-school employees. As the most powerful electoral/lobbying force in the Land of Enchantment, educrat unions played a major role in putting Lujan Grisham where she is. And now that many are voicing “concerns and uncertainty” about the “plan to bring students back in August as the shadow of COVID-19 lingers,” don’t be surprised if the governor changes her mind, and orders that students stay home.

 

Send the kids back to school? Fully reopen businesses? Drop the quarantine for out-of-state visitors? Unthinkable, when there are larger goals to achieve. New York, New Mexico. The story is the same. From the earliest days of the COVID-19 challenge, political considerations have prevailed over “public health.” In this election year, Carlson warned, “cynicism and ruthlessness” are winning. There’s still time for facts and decency to triumph. But November 3 is getting awfully close.

WHAT’S REAL? WHAT’S NOT? DOES ANYONE IN A POSITION OF POWER CARE?

It was an interesting coincidence: Right about the time the FBI concluded that NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace was not the victim of a racist hate crime,” a “hate crime” occurred in Santa Fe. As reported by the City Different’s left-leaning daily, India Palace was hit by an “unknown vandal or vandals,” with damage to the “kitchen, dining room and storage area,” as well as the destruction of “bottles of wine” and the spray-painting of “walls and artwork with racist remarks.” (As well as “Trump 2020.”)

 

Pols were quick to condemn the attack. Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham was “absolutely heartbroken and disgusted by this racist attack, while Santa Fe Mayor Alan Webber inveighed against “racism, intolerance, and hate.”

 

The crime must be investigated, of course, and its perpetrators properly punished. But given the sizable record of fabricated “hate crimes,” it’s far from inappropriate to view the incident, at this early stage, with some serious skepticism. Consider the research of Kentucky State University’s Wilfred Reilly. Author of Hate Crime Hoax: How the Left Is Selling a Fake Race War, the professor of political science notes that “probably most of the highest profile, most widely reported hate crime stories in recent years — Jussie Smollett, the burning of Hopewell Baptist, Yasmin Seweid, Air Force Academy, Eastern Michigan, Kansas State, Kean College and the death threats, Wisconsin-Parkside and the nooses, the Grand Rapids urination claim, the ‘Rolling Stone rape’ story, the terrible Nikki Joly fire, much of the narrative surrounding the U-Mizzou scandal — have turned out to be fakes.”

 

That doesn’t keep liberal elites — Michelle Lujan Grisham and Alan Webber come to mind — from using “hate crimes” to gain and/or maintain power. As The Wall Street Journal’s Jason L. Riley wrote last year, “The sad reality is that there is no shortage of individuals and entities with a vested interest in exaggerating racial tensions in the U.S. — from civil-rights organizations to corporate diversity officers to professors of race and gender studies.”

 

Ideological zealots never let facts get in the way of a good crusade, which brings us to the Land of Enchantment’s newest bureaucracy: the New Mexico Civil Rights Commission. Its task? Evaluate and make recommendations “regarding the creation of a civil right of action for

violations of state constitutional rights,” and develop “policy proposals for laws for the prohibition or limitation of the use of qualified immunity by state actors.” It’s not at all clear why such an effort is needed. But why let any doubt stand in the way — a moral panic is underway!

 

It’s tempting to believe that the entire nation has embraced the left’s dodgy claim about law enforcement’s systemic, vicious racism. But as KIVA noted yesterday, pro-police rallies are popping up around New Mexico. In Silver City, more than “110 cars, trucks and motorcycles” took part in a “support law enforcement drive/rally.” In Farmington, a counter-protest — with a “much larger crowd” — gathered to oppose a demonstration “calling for increased police accountability in the wake of the killings of several members of the Black community in other parts of the United States.” Holding “signs expressing support for law enforcement officers as well as President Donald Trump,” the anti-BLMers included Rocco Dipaolo, who rode a horse and carried a Gadsden flag.

ABQ, NEW MEXICO ARE BURNING — AND THE FAR LEFT IS FANNING THE FLAMES

Civic unrest? Check. Economic collapse? Check. “Leadership” that makes both worse? Check.

With the City of Albuquerque “calling on the community to determine the future” of the statue of Juan De Oñate, the truth about what happened on June 15 continues to come to light. On KIVA, Albuquerque Police Officers Association President Sean Willoughby confirmed that while law enforcement was ordered to defend the Albuquerque Museum that evening, the boys in blue were not allowed to block the left-wing thugs seeking to tear down the statue. So it was orders from on high — that would be the mayor’s office — that set in motion the orgy of violence that prompted Steven Baca to protect himself with a firearm. (The shooting charge against Baca has been dropped and yesterday, he was released on his own recognizance.) In an on-the-record interview, Willoughby also slammed Second Judicial District Attorney Raúl Torrez’s comments that the Albuquerque Police Department’s investigation of the incident was “rushed” and “incomplete.”

 

Negligence and buck-passing aren’t the only problems in the Duke City. Two councilors are pushing a regulatory attack that is sure to make a tough economic situation much worse. The New Mexico Restaurant Association is leading a coalition of organizations fighting ordinances “that would grant hazard pay to essential employees and expand paid sick leave.” NMRA CEO Carol Wight told KIVA about a frazzled Albuquerque restauranteur, already badly battered by the COVID-19 lockdown, who is now facing what could be the end. “I’m exhausted,” she told Wight, “and I can’t deal with this.” At a time when all of New Mexico’s businesses are struggling to simply stay open, much less hire back employees, why, at this moment, are City Councilors Isaac Benton and Lan Sena attempting to impose mandatory sick leave and “premium pay”? Ask them.

 

Want to join the effort to defeat the Albuquerque Full Unemployment Acts? Text “jobless” to 52886. Or contact one of the city’s other seven councilors, to voice your disapproval directly. And be sure to come to the council’s meeting on Monday, June 29 at 5:00 pm.

 

Meanwhile, in Santa Fe, legislators concluded the 2020 special session by balancing the budgets for the fiscal year ending June 30 as well as the new fiscal year that begins the next day. Believe it or not, spending will still grow from one year to the next! The deficits were closed with federal money, withdrawals from the state’s budget reserve, and minor reductions in planned expenditure hikes. “Cuts”? If only….

 

 

 

 

 

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