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Sunday, 7 April 2019

Balderas and Lujan-Grisham, Not Sheriffs, the True Lawbreakers

Filed under: Correspondence, Politics, Principles, Self-Defense — Tags: , , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 5:34 PM

Recently, Attorney General Hector Balderas sent a letter to 26 county sheriffs stating that, “As law enforcement officials . . . we do not have the freedom to pick and choose which state laws we enforce,” in reference to the “universal background checks” mandated by the newly-passed Senate Bill 8.[1],[2]

So why is that Balderas is himself choosing to ignore existing State law, specifically Article II, Section 6 of the Constitution of the State of New Mexico:[3]

No law shall abridge the right of the citizen to keep and bear arms for security and defense, for lawful hunting and recreational use and for other lawful purposes, but nothing herein shall be held to permit the carrying of concealed weapons. No municipality or county shall regulate, in any way, an incident of the right to keep and bear arms.

Maybe I missed the amendment to the State Constitution that repealed Article II, Section 6? I don’t remember seeing such an amendment on the ballot during the 2018 election.

Never mind that actual criminals and terrorists won’t bother at all to go through a background check through a federally-licensed dealer, as mandated by SB 8. They’ll steal them, or get someone else to buy them, or whatever. You see, they have discovered this massive loophole in SB 8 (and other such laws) called “breaking the law.”

Balderas also said that “the taxpayers of your city or county assume the financial risk of your decision to impose your personal views over the law.”

How much liability will Balderas, Lujan-Grisham, or the legislators who pushed SB 8 assume should someone denied a firearm under color of SB 8 be injured or killed after the fact, say by a deranged ex-spouse?

Most likely they will assume zero liability (don’t bother trying to sue them on this — they will invoke “sovereign immunity”[4]) and skate away from any responsibility. After all, it wasn’t one of the Political Class that was killed or maimed, so who cares, right?


As published in the Albuquerque Journal

Gun law ignores Constitution

RECENTLY, ATTORNEY General Hector Balderas sent a letter to 26 county sheriffs stating that, “As law enforcement officials . . . we do not have the freedom to pick and choose which state laws we enforce,” in reference to the “universal background checks” mandated by the newly-passed Senate Bill 8.

So why is that Balderas is himself choosing to ignore existing State law, specifically Article II, Section 6 of the Constitution of the State of New Mexico: No law shall abridge the right of the citizen to keep and bear arms for security and defense, for lawful hunting and recreational use and for other lawful purposes, but nothing herein shall be held to permit the carrying of concealed weapons. No municipality or county shall regulate, in any way, an incident of the right to keep and bear arms.

I don’t remember seeing amendment to the State Constitution that repealed Article II, Section 6 such an amendment on the ballot during the 2018 election. Maybe I missed it?

Never mind that actual criminals and terrorists won’t bother at all to go through a background check through a federally-licensed dealer, as mandated by SB 8. They’ll steal them, or get someone else to buy them, or whatever. You see, they have discovered this massive loophole in SB 8 (and other such laws) called “breaking the law.”

Balderas also said that “the taxpayers of your city or county assume the financial risk of your decision to impose your personal views over the law.”

How much liability will Balderas, (Gov. Michelle) Lujan-Grisham, or the legislators who pushed SB 8 assume should someone denied a firearm under color of SB 8 be injured or killed after the fact, say by a deranged ex-spouse?

Most likely they will assume zero liability — If you sue them on this as they deserve, they’ll invoke “sovereign immunity” — and avoid any responsibility. After all, it wasn’t one of the political class that was killed or maimed, so who cares, right?

MIKE BLESSING
Albuquerque


FOR FURTHER REFERENCE

  1. Albuquerque Journal — Friday, 5 April 2019: AG directs sheriffs, chiefs to enforce gun law by Dan McKay and Dan Boyd, Journal Capitol Bureau
  2. New Mexico Legislature page: “2019 Regular Session – SB 8” [“SB” = “Senate Bill” MWB]
  3. New Mexico Compilation Commission — Article II, Section 6 of the Constitution of the State of New Mexico
  4. The Libertarian EnterpriseNumber 23, 1 March 1997 – Down By Law by Victor Milán

NOTES

  1. Published in
    1. The Libertarian EnterpriseNumber 1,015 – 7 April 2019
    2. Albuquerque JournalSaturday, 13 April 2019, p.A13, Opinion – Letters to the Editor: “Gun law ignores Constitution”

Monday, 8 October 2012

WTF?! (TLE LTE)

Filed under: Comedy, Entertainment, Politics — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 5:31 PM

Current mood: cranky

——– Original Message ——–
Subject: What the Fuck?!
Date: Sun, 07 Oct 2012 02:16:05
From: Mike Blessing
To: Ken Holder, L. Neil Smith

Neil / Ken –

Just now (Saturday, 6 October @ 1:15 AM), I saw the message in my inbox that TLE #691 was up on the web, so I went to check it out.

What did I see when I scrolled down a bit?

A cartoon by Rex May of Romney spanking Obama like a little kid.

I was under the impression that TLE was above this sort of WWE-style cheerleading for the DNC-vs-RNC dance of death that plagues us every two years.

When the (fascist) Democrat fights dirty and cheats, we’re supposed to jeer, yet when the (socialist) Republican pulls the same sort of dirty tricks, we’re supposed to cheer. Because, we all know, the Republican is the “lesser of two evils” good guy.

Anyone who has been reading TLE and similar media outlets for any length of time has no doubt seen numerous examples of stupidity, evil and insanity instigated by Republicans. But they’re the “lesser of two evils” bunch, correct?

For what it’s worth, I watched what’s been politely called a “debate” and saw the two clowns stammering out their “talking points” while making excuses for their track records and trying to score points on the other with witty one-liners.

Most of these one-liners were the same old, tired bits that we’ve all heard before from them, courtesy of the lamestream snoozemedia.

Still, I was quite amused that gun-grabber and health-care socializer Slick Willard had the audacity to talk about “free enterprise” and invoke the Declaration of Independence.

This is the same Slick Willard who supported TARP as signed by Bush, supported cap-and-trade for CO2 emissions, supported the GM bailout . . . . Need I go on?

About Mittens’ earlier promises to “repeal and replace Obamacare” – last Wednesday night he revealed exactly what he wants for the “replace” part of the scam – RomneyCare as implemented in 2006 in Massachusetts.

Here’s the funny part about this nonsense: he implied that he wants RomneyCare to replace ObamaCare, yet RomneyCare is what Jon Gruber (the MIT economics professor who helped RMonster put together the plan in Boston) pitched to the Obama Administration in 2009 as a template for Obamacare.

Meet the new bullshit, same as the old bullshit.

At first I was thinking that this was a bait-and-switch scam, but it’s more like the shell game that con artists play on the street – the ball, which was something like free-market health care, was nowhere to be found under any of the shells.

OK, this is the part where Rex starts behaving as a Romney-roid (think hemorrhoid, minus the rationality and principles) by screaming that I must want Obama re-elected, “If your not with us, your with Obama!!!!” that sort of thing.

Bring it on.

And if this sort of thing continues, then it’s probably time for a new front-page cartoonist on TLE. Let Rex peddle his Romney-porn somewhere else.


NOTES

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Sunday, 24 May 2009

Strategy and Tactics

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — weeklysedition @ 6:01 PM

Strategy and Tactics
by L. Neil Smith [ lneil@netzero.com ]

Attribute to The Libertarian Enterprise

Each morning I find a dozen messages in my e-mail concerning evil plots by the current administration or some other enemy of individual liberty to take away our guns, our money, our homes, our children, our cars, our land, our gardens, our right to speak out, or travel freely, or whatever else it is that momentarily tickles their kleptocratic fancy.

Their kleptocratic and murderous fancy.

Seldom does this litany of grievances conclude with any suggestion about stopping collectivist predation, or punishing the predators. The focus is always on what “They” did to us in the past, on what “They” are doing to us now, or on what “They” are planning to do to us in the future.

There are at least a couple of reasons for this. One of them is a pathological and pathetic desire on the part of some individuals for victimization, a value they pervertedly tend to treasure — and defend — more than any amount of freedom, prosperity, progress, or peace that actually rising up and doing something about it might win for them. They display an energetic resentment (I know, because I’ve often been on the receiving end of it) toward anybody who dares to offer them genuine solutions to the troubles they luxuriate in complaining about.

Also, they might actually have to unplug their thumbs and do some work. The academic equivalent is to keep generating scholarly papers that nobody reads, until the Romans come and cut you down as they did Archimedes.

Misplaced reliance on electoral politics is another reason all you ever hear from certain quarters is petulant whining. You can almost define conservatives (who still have a long way to go to reestablish themselves as members in good standing of the general freedom movement) as those who would rather squat in their own dung, piteously ululating over their cruel circumstances, as long as they can lay everything, every two or four years, in the unclean hands of crooked jackasses in cheap suits and cheaper ties who never quite manage a total commitment to the concept of self-ownership and the Bill of Rights.

They (petulant, squatting conservatives, not crooked jackasses, who know better) calculate that if they vote faithfully and contribute to campaigns and right wing causes, they’ve done all they can —- all that can be done —- about the totalitarian cesspool we’ve all slid into.

Various anarchoid colleagues to the contrary, there is a place for political action in an overall libertarian strategy, but this isn’t it.

A related problem is an ill-advised reliance on institutions like the National Rifle Association, who must learn —- or be taught somehow (despite a demonstrated inability to benefit from experience) —- that they are not up to bargaining with left wing socialism, unfit to wheel and deal with proven enemies of freedom. They are out of their depth because they misunderstand the basic nature of the conflict they find themselves in, and because they, themselves, are socialists of the right wing variety. Early drug war enthusiasts, in spite of repeated libertarian warnings, they helped erect the vicious anticonstitutional federal establishment now threatening to destroy them and the rest of us.

I’ll never forget how thrilled (and surprised) I was when NRA Executive VP and CEO Wayne “Pepe” LaPierre referred to federal law enforcement officers as “jackbooted thugs” (now abbreviated “JBTs”) or how disgusted (and unsurprised) I was when he pusillanimously took it back.

The national Libertarian Party is in even worse shape at the moment.

So what can be done?

First of all, forget all about both the traditional political spectrum —- which only offered people different reasons to sacrifice themselves to one voracious power-hungry collective or another -— as well as those described later, even by yours truly. There was no genuine freedom advocacy until libertarianism came along in the late 1940s and early 1950s. The past decade of state security terrorism has made it plain: there are indeed two political sides in this country, not right versus left (they’re on the same side) but freedom versus non-freedom.

Period.

Don’t worry about the mythical past, grieve over imagined former glories, or waste precious resources trying to regain liberty we never really had. The Roman republicans made that mistake and never got what they wanted. Concentrate instead, on a future in which we have built everything we desire with our own hands and minds. That’s what I’ve written about for the past 30 years and it’s time more people paid attention.

For the time being, forget abortion and immigration, too. You’re never going to change my mind about them, and they’re the issues the anti-freedom side counts on to keep the pro-freedom side divided. There will be plenty of time to argue about them later, in the warm, mellow light of liberty —- or behind the barbed wire of the FEMA camps.

Most of all —- and if you take nothing else away from this essay, take this —- we can no longer afford to fight every issue the enemies of freedom present us with. Libertarians must learn to promote those solutions that undercut several —- or all —- statist assaults on our liberties at the same time. If we fight them one picayune battle at a time, we will always lose —- in fact, it’s why we have always lost so far.

That’s why I invented the concept —- and the phrase —- “Bill of Rights enforcement” years ago. It covers every different bit of victim disarmament legislation the enemy throws at us, while supporting free speech, freedom of assembly, and other liberties, at the same time, as well. It underlines an important and neglected truth, which is that freedom is indivisible, that in fact there is really only one freedom, the freedom to be left unmolested, by the state or anybody else. Fight in the name of Bill of Rights enforcement and you will gain allies whom you wouldn’t have had before, possibly solving many problems at once.

I’ve also offered ideas, over the years, any one of which, pursued with energy and persistence, could have changed —- could still change —- our miserable situation. Most lately, it’s been the National Recall Coordinating Committees and an effort to repeal Article 1, Section 6 which grants to legislators immunity from prosecution or lawsuit for their acts of criminal predation. If I were a leftist, I’d have a tenured university position by now, and my own ten million dollar think-tank.

It didn’t have to turn out this way, of course.

Seeing clearly what was about to happen to us, in the 70s and 80s, I wrote to the editors of various gun magazines who might have raised and organized effective opposition to all the subsequent violations of the unalienable individual, civil, Constitutional, and human right of every man, woman, and responsible child to obtain, own, and carry, openly or concealed, any weapon —- rifle, shotgun, handgun, machinegun, anything —- any time, any place, without asking anyone’s permission.

If they’d fought then, we wouldn’t have to fight now. But instead, advertising being more important than freedom, they patted me on the head —- one even called me “hysterical” —- and basically told me, “Go away, boy, you bother me”. I haven’t bought a gun magazine since Brady Bill-Bob Dole pushed the Clinton gun and magazine bans through. I don’t know why I haven’t given up the same way on the libertarian movement.

I’ve made mistakes in my life, and have plenty of things I regret, but the worst is my failure to communicate —- to those who claim to stand for freedom — that none of the measures I’ve proposed actually have to pass into law in order to have the effect we desire them to have.

The other side, you must understand, is just as fearful, just as hysterical, just as inclined to stampede purposelessly all over the landscape, to bargain and compromise stupidly, to waste time, energy, and money, and get screwed by their own politicians, when they hear of organized political efforts that would threaten them. They huddle together, whimper to each other, and dirty themselves, exactly like conservatives.

How do I know this? Partly because I worked with the left in the peace movement and the Eugene McCarthy campaign in the 1960s. Partly because I watch and listen to them now. Conservatives keep asking why the left —- which now controls the House, the Senate, and the White House —- is still angry and unsatisfied. It’s because they know that in democratic politics, nothing is ever really settled, and they’re afraid.

How do we use this knowledge?

Allow me to propose yet another project. Let’s call this one the “Obama Akhenatenization Act”. The idea is simple, based on the efforts of their royal successors to eradicate every trace of the religiously radical Pharaoh Akhenaten and his consort Nefertiti. On January 20, 2013, a new law will go into effect, under which each and every decision, decree, edict, guideline, mandate, measure, notice, order, ordinance, precept, regulation, requirement, ruling, promulgation, and statute enacted during the Obama presidency will be declared null and void.

Now, for a short, self-indulgent moment, just imagine all of the screaming, moaning, whimpering, and handwringing that this idea will generate among left wing socialists, if it gets enough exposure in the media and on the Internet. Imagine the panic, hysteria, wasted motion, and squandered resources. Imagine all the moderates, gradualists, and compromisers who infest the left wing cluck-clucking at their fellow collectivists that they’ve gone too far, they need to backpedal, back off, soften their tone, and slow down. How do I know that this will happen? Because I’ve been fighting the moderates, gradualists, and compromisers who infest the freedom movement what seems like all my life.

The “Obama Akhenatenization Act”.

And when they whine at us about it, we’ll tell them that our next goal is to repeal every law and abolish every agency created since 1913.

Tactically, an undertaking like this offers tremendous advantages over any mere exercise in electoral politics. In the first place, you don’t have to wait two, four, or six years to start the ball and keep it rolling. Anyone can work to publicize and promote the Obama Akhenatenization Act 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 52 weeks every year.

We don’ need no stinkin’ election.

Even better, every individual involved can speak equally for the Obama Akhenatenization Act and what it means. We don’t have to settle for, prop up, and constantly find ourselves apologizing for some fatuous moron of a candidate who either doesn’t really get it, or is deathly afraid of being embarrassed by the public appearance that he does.

It doesn’t really have to be the Obama Akhenatenization Act, of course. It can be anything, any authentically pro-freedom measure. The more outrageous the better. Every time you talk about it, you win a victory for liberty. You make some socialist’s stomach churn, you cost him a night’s sleep, you shorten his actuarial life-expectancy by five minutes —- exactly as they’ve been doing to us for three or four generations.

And while the opposition is busy chasing down his Tums and Pepcid with Maalox and Pepto-Bismol, you can explain to your onlookers what’s actually at stake. With freedom you can do anything; without it, you can do nothing. Anybody who would diminish freedom for any reason —- whether it’s saving the planet, preserving national security, or “for the children” —- is an enemy of his fellow human beings, not their benefactor.

And certainly not their savior.

The “Obama Akhenatenization Act”.

So how about it? Are you willing to give up your victimhood, roll up your sleeves, and get your hands dirty helping create a culture of freedom?

Or would you just rather whimper until the JBTs smash your door down?


Four-time Prometheus Award-winner L. Neil Smith has been called one of the world’s foremost authorities on the ethics of self-defense. He is the author of more than 25 books, including The American Zone, Forge of the Elders, Pallas, The Probability Broach, Hope (with Aaron Zelman), and his collected articles and speeches, Lever Action, all of which may be purchased through his website “The Webley Page”.

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