Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves. – William Pitt
Who can protest and does not, is an accomplice in the act. – The Talmud
One of the most illuminating bits of the Game of Thrones series produced by HBO was the short segment in which Ned Stark, having established to his satisfaction that Joffrey “Baratheon” is not King Robert’s son, seeks assistance from Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish. Stark knows that the tiny force that directly answers to him would have no chance against the forces commanded by Queen Cersei and the Lannisters. He appeals to Baelish, Westeros’s Master of Coin, to put the city guard at his side:
Baelish, a true villain, has nevertheless stated an important truth. He who hires and pays enforcers will usually find those enforcers to be loyal to him; their livelihood is his to perpetuate or terminate. This isn’t an absolute – there have been cases of men who’ve “taken the King’s shilling” turning against “the King” – but as Damon Runyan once said, it’s the way to bet. The bet becomes even safer when economic conditions become perilous, as they are today. In times of economic stress, the enforcers would have little confidence about finding a new employer should their current one fall.
Now let’s look at the situation in New Mexico:
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced on Friday a new public health order that outlines immediate actions aimed at quickly reducing gun violence and illegal drug use in Albuquerque and Bernalillo County.
The recent shooting deaths of a thirteen-year-old girl on July 28, a five-year-old girl on August 14, and an eleven-year-old boy on September 6, as well as two mass shootings this year spurred the governor to declare gun violence a public health emergency on Thursday. Today’s public health order includes directives to curb the gun violence and drug abuse that the Governor has declared to be public health emergencies.
Those “public health emergencies” have moved Grisham to announce that the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States no longer has force in the state of New Mexico – i.e., the right to keep and bear arms has been “suspended” within that state.
I thought we settled this after Hurricane Katrina. Apparently not. Nevertheless, there are some differences of opinion on the matter, including from the Supreme Court of the United States:
The forfeiture of office the Court has directed must now be in force…but will it be enforced? If so, by whom? Will the enforcers of New Mexico, whose salaries are at Grisham’s mercy, drag her out of the Governor’s Mansion? If not, will the federal Justice Department send enforcers to do so?
Place your bets, Gentle Readers.
The Usurpers are already planning to disregard a Fifth Circuit ruling that they may not persuade, intimidate, or coerce private organizations into infringing on Americans’ freedom of speech. I can’t see them frowning upon Governor Grisham for infringing upon New Mexico residents’ right to keep and bear arms. Like Joe Biden, Grisham has proclaimed that her loyalty to the Constitution is “not absolute.” I think the Dementia-Patient-in-Chief would approve of a colleague at the state level doing as he would like to do.
Who, then, will enforce the right to keep and bear arms of the people of New Mexico? What opposition would such an actor face from those who answer to the Usurpers and Michelle Grisham?
At least one New Mexico sheriff has said he will refuse to enforce Grisham’s decree, though that’s not the same as pledging to defend it actively should it be threatened. How many of his colleagues will follow suit? And what about New Mexico police? I don’t think they answer to New Mexico sheriffs, but to their own commanders and chiefs of police.
New Mexico might be where we learn whether the Usurpers and their allies in the private sector are ready to finish us off. Just now, the enforcers answer to them: those who pay them.