Incompetent or Insolent? Providing our Governess with Guidance

My Dear New Mexicans,

When last I addressed you, a mere four days ago, calling attention to a deficit in our political leadership, perhaps I was too deferential. I largely refrained from calling our politicians to account by party affiliation or name. My hope was that speaking in generalities, exhibiting some restraint, and offering constructive suggestions on a less oppressive path forward, I might elicit a more measured and progressive approach to mitigating exposure to the COVID-19 virus. I suggested fostering a resumption of social and economic interactions is crucial to our ability to deal with this current manifestation of the virus. More importantly, though I didn’t state it explicitly, such a response would lay a foundation for our reaction should we face future outbreaks. Sadly, our Governor, Michelle Lujan Grisham – Democrat, is continuing to fail us.

As I pointed out last time, what is essential depends on your unique circumstances. If you are a rancher or farmer working outdoors, having appropriate clothing to protect you from the elements is essential. Without it, you risk exposure to multiple hazards, ranging from UV radiation to insects and unnecessary scratches and scrapes which expose you to potentially dangerous infectious agents. That MLG-D’s stormtroopers…excuse me, our State Police…could issue a cease and desist order to Bar G Western Wear in Portales, a small, independent store serving one of the more remote areas of our State, should elicit outrage from every New Mexican. Admittedly, State Representative, Gregg Schmedes – Republican, commented “MLG, you’re wrong. These are the good guys, and they are ESSENTIAL. #TooFar,” and Steve Pearce – Republican Party of New Mexico Chairman, noted, “mom and pop stores in New Mexico need to be spoken for.” While correct in concept, these tepid challenges arrive far too late and are completely inadequate to the level of incompetence being demonstrated by our Governor.

But, there I go again, being differential. In characterizing MLG-D’s actions as incompetent, I may be giving her too much credit. I’m assuming that she recognizes the State’s need for leadership, but simply lacks the skills and fortitude to supply it.

There are two darker possibilities. The first: living in the Democrat Party leadership cesspool…excuse me, bubble…MLG-D is completely ignorant of the needs of the vast majority of her constituents and thus incapable of recognizing where to lead us. The second: MLG-D recognizes our needs, but for personal and political gain she chooses to ignore them.

Regardless of the reason, it is we, the citizens of New Mexico, who are continuing to pay a heavy price.

We need to be the leadership for New Mexico.  Therefore, I would like to direct you to the following website www.orangenm.com and visit the New Mexico Counties Infections tab.  I have joined up with a Pathologist, Dr. Vann Schaffner as well as Darryl Dunlap, Founder of the New Mexico Patriots, to provide guidance to make a recommendation for our Governor to open up business for New Mexicans.

We have 33 counties and alongside President Donald Trump’s 3 phase “Opening Up America Again” there are certain counties that should never had a shelter in place order.  For example, any county that has not had one single infection. They are the following: Guadalupe, De Baca, Union, Sierra, Mora, and Harding. Each of those counties needs to be opened up immediately.

We should also open up any county that has less than 1 in 25,000 infection ratio in their county.  This is on a 7 day running average and is divided against the total population of that county. For example, Bernalillo County 1 in 30,302 people will be infected with the Corona Virus where McKinley County has a 1 in 2,998 people are infected on a 7 day running average.  These are two distinctly different situations and should be treated as such.

Each of these counties where more than 1 in 25,000 are infected should continue along the same path we are currently on as a state.  The counties are the following: Cibola, McKinley, Sandoval, San Juan, Socorro, and Torrance.

We need to continue to advocate for this data-driven decision on behalf of our citizens and business owners who desperately need to get back to business as usual.  These recommendations also provide a goal for those who haven’t met these criteria and obviously rewards those counties which have achieved a level of containment we can all live with.  Along with the President’s 3 Phase “Opening Up America Again” guidance we should be back to normal here in this beautiful state.

Eddy Aragon is the afternoon host of “The Rock of Talk” which airs on his radio station in Albuquerque, 93.7 FM/AM 1600 KIVA.  He’s a graduate of the University of New Mexico with degrees in Political Science and Economics. He has been recognized by the Albuquerque Journal as Radio Personality of the Year every year since 2017.  He has appeared on Fox News, CNN and over 40 radio shows throughout the country. Eddy is an 11th Generation New Mexican. He can be reached at: rockoftalk@me.com.

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2 thoughts on “Incompetent or Insolent? Providing our Governess with Guidance”

  1. Eddy,

    Just a thought : I get the shallow Abq Journal. I get really ticked off looking at the front page “NM’s Latest Number section” ( Number of positive test, Number of negative tests, Reported recoveries and Number of death.) These numbers tell us nothing about the real impact to the citizen of this state and its impact to our physical, economical; or social well being.

    They ABQ JOurnal and the state should be reporting on the real numbers that impact the people and our lively hood like: Number of business closed, Number of new business closed, bankruptcies, Number of people unemployed, Hospital beds/ICU beds filled/opened. Number of Criminal release, Number of people forced to stay home.

    PS: Eddy. Thanks for a really great Radio station and programming. Your ability to bring a message and voice to the people is fantastic.

  2. We had a business closed by one of the paratroopers yesterday. We had the doors locked, letting in one person at a time. We were running with half our staff and insisting on 6ft. of distancing.

    We will be organizing a protest on May 1st here in Las Cruces. I will give more details soon. We need to stop this before drones are flying over head taking our temperature and wristbands are required on all citizens.

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