Editor’s Note: While the media and other leftist elites ignore the millions of folks living in “flyover” states, they do so at their own peril; it was this silent majority that put President Trump in the White House. Each week, Liberty Nation gives voice to the hard-working heartlanders who are silent no more.
Just when the country sees a glimmer of hope and a tentative reopening of this vibrant and vital nation, one state governor and a liberal judge in the great Southwest commit one party foul after another and blame the power grab on the COVID-19 bug. How incredibly convenient.
Flyover folks are all a gaggle at the audacity of New Mexico’s progressive Democrat Governor Michelle Lujan-Grisham. Grisham was elected in 2018 and has since wreaked havoc on civil liberties with an agenda of no guns, no oil, no gas, no rural way of life. Her reign has been so excruciating she’s been sued and has had recall petition after petition filed with the New Mexico Secretary of State. As Artesia, NM, oil and gas “essential” Stan Mobley opines, Grisham is “knowingly starving out the hard-working folks. Using the heavily populated ‘COVID-19 stricken’ areas as justification to blanket entire states with their socialist agenda.”
It was that handling of an uptick of COVID-19 near the Navajo reservation that had heads spinning and tongues lashing. Here’s the scoop: After the outgoing mayor of Gallup, NM, begged for help from the governor, and the incoming mayor sent out the same memo, Grisham decided to try her hand at civil engineering and declared all roads in and out of the city to be closed. This includes a major exchange with I-40.
To be clear, Grisham’s declaration included a helpful detour through reservation land for the inconvenienced. A 78-mile detour to travel around what would have been a one-and-a-half-mile interchange. For those of you who have not crossed or explored the Navajo Nation, let’s just say pavement is non-existent. There are no convenience stores or gas stations. There are no brightly lit road signs or any signs at all. It’s more of a local, turn right at the Yazzie’s sheep pen, and then left at the big rock that looks like squirrel.
George Reid, in the Four Corners area was not surprised at all: “[she] closed fly fishing, closed the reservoirs, closed the pawn shops that deal in firearms, then to punish the public for their outcry, she shut down all other pawn shops and short term lending facilities.” Reid continued, “This third world blockade of Gallup comes as no real surprise as the folks living around there are the hardest hit most impoverished people in the entire state, they desperately need food and medicine. Maybe we should call her Ol’ Kick ‘Em When They’re Down Grisham?”
Few were to argue in favor of Grisham’s orders. Nestled between Cimarron and Springer, in Colfax County, rancher Mike Hobbs knows full well that New Mexico’s rural citizens have had enough:
“As a citizenry, we’re tired of being treated like ‘inferiors.’ Anarchy is not my first choice. Slavery damned certainly is not either! If forced to choose, make no mistake: I will choose anarchy. We initially emerged from anarchy with a functional Constitutional Republic, shaking off the chains of the King’s tyranny … there is a reckoning in the wind.”
A reckoning indeed.
Meanwhile, in Texas
Commit this name to memory: Shelly Luther. She’s a Texas salon owner who was cited by local authorities, ordered to pay a fine, and sentenced to jail for seven days for seeing customers. Appearing in court, Luther explained that she has children and was going to make sure they would be fed and cared for – you know, electricity and other essentials – come hell or high water.
District Judge Eric Moyé called her selfish.
Luther responded, “I have to disagree with you when you say that I’m selfish because feeding my kids is not selfish.”
Moyé added another seven days for being in “contempt” by not begging the robed wonder for forgiveness.
And then Republican Governor Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton were forced to get involved. Abbott blasted out a statement: “Throwing Texans in jail who have had their businesses shut down through no fault of their own is nonsensical, and I will not allow it to happen.”
Paxton demanded an immediate release, and Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick stepped in and offered to pay Luther’s ridiculous fine of $3,500, along with $500 for every day her salon is open. The Texas Supreme Court also ordered Luther freed from jail.
A southwestern gal, Wendy Van Epps, from Taos summed upped the feelings embraced by most flyover folks: “I was talking to my husband about this and said … if that judge had told me to apologize for being ‘selfish’ a two word reply would have popped out of my mouth before I even had time to think about it. Hubby said ‘yeah, I’d be sitting at home planning your jail break.’”
Brava, Wendy, brava.
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