On KIVA yesterday, Shaun Willoughby, president of the Albuquerque Police Officers’ Association, agreed that had law enforcement been allowed to protect the statue of Juan de Oñate on the grounds of the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, things would have gone quite differently on the evening of June 15th.
Surrender government’s essential role in protecting property, and it’s just a small step to harass citizens in a deeply misguided effort to “protect public health.” Willoughby had little positive to say about Mayor Tim Keller’s decision to enlist “non-law enforcement personnel, including the Code Enforcement Division of the Planning Department, Open Space personnel, Transit Security personnel, Parking Enforcement personnel, Environmental Health Department personnel, and the Fire Marshal’s Office of Albuquerque Fire Rescue” to walk point on the city’s face-diaper mandate. The bureaucrats have no legitimate authority to detain, much less arrest, anyone, and Willoughby advised any Burqueno pestered by a pretend police officer to just ignore him/her and get on with life.
If only New Mexico’s restaurants could do the same. Last week, in a brave stand against arbitrary and downright cruel government, the New Mexico Restaurant Association (NMRA)sued the Land of Enchantment’s governor, seeking to stop the re-imposition of her ban on dine-in service. Yesterday, the trade association, as well as its members and their customers, scored a major victory, when a district judge imposed a temporary restraining order on enforcement of the doubled-down lockdown. In an interview with KIVA, the NMRA’s Carol Wight called it “a win not just for restaurants, but for small businesses.”
But the spark of hope was quickly snuffed. Not long after Judge Raymond L. Romero sided with common sense and basic decency, the state’s liberal-dominated Supreme Court — doing the bidding of an increasingly hysterical Lujan Grisham administration — reversed his ruling. Dine-in remains a no-go.
Such are the priorities of “public servants” in New Mexico in the summer of 2020. Fail to protect property from thugs. Hound law-abiding citizens with ineffective — if not counterproductive — dictates justified “for your own good.” And target a major industry, capriciously, for doing next to nothing to spread a virus for which herd immunity, more and more, appears to be the right response.
Election Day is in exactly 17 weeks.