I’m reaching out to help our elected legislators come to our aid in what has become a drastic gubernatorial overreach around the civil liberties of the citizens of New Mexico. I am not asking (anyone) to choose sides in the efficacy of the dangers of the current pandemic; I’m only asking (we all) help take this issue out of the hands of the governor alone by allowing a full session of our Legislature to participate in these decisions as our representative system demands.
The New Mexico Constitution allows for an extraordinary session of the Legislature to be called in times of emergency. I hope that (many) will agree with me that this time of widespread private-sector unemployment, small business bankruptcies and the government branding of who is and is not to be recognized as “essential” to our economy definitely rises to the level of such an emergency.
Thus far our governor, now with the blessing of our Supreme Court, has decreed inconsistently enforced laws subject to her own personal whims in the name of public safety. Furthermore she enjoys the protections of a largely (complicit media) in laying the blame of the disastrous effects of her policies on the doorstep of the nameless, faceless, and otherwise unaccountable COVID-19.
Meanwhile, our economy is in tatters as New Mexico’s small businesses gradually fall into bankruptcy and once-productive private-sector workers become dependents of the government in ever-growing numbers.
This is too much power for one person to wield with such impunity, and it drastically needs to be put in check by our Legislature. Let our representatives be heard in an extraordinary special session. If (they) agree with our governor, then hold them accountable to the electorate by making them go to Santa Fe and register that vote for all to see. This is too big of an issue for the peoples’ voices to go unheard.
The Constitution requires a 3/5th supermajority to call an extraordinary session. (New Mexicans can) go to www.nmextraordinarysession.com to see if (their) representative has signed on to the call for the extraordinary special session. If they have not, the site provides contact information (so the public can) contact them and find out why they have not yet done so.
(Our) representatives came to (us) with hat in hand, asking for (our) vote to let them represent (us), and it is time for them to make good on that agreement. The lives of our fellow New Mexicans are being damaged by the unilateral actions of our governor, and New Mexico is not a monarchy. Make (our) representative(s) go up and pick a side for all to see.