The Constitution Is Just a Piece of Paper

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I'm for sure being put on a number of lists for writing these articles but I feel this is necessary for American citizens to read -- and only cool people make those lists anyway. 

Here's the sad truth about our nation; civilization only works if an overwhelming majority of people agree that it should. All it takes is a minority of the population to decide it shouldn't, and civilization falls apart. You witnessed something akin to that during the Black Lives Matter riots, the LA riots, and very recently, the sudden unconstitutional seizure of power by New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham.

As reported by Bonchie, Lujan Grisham just decided that gun rights don't exist in her state, and she suspended them using the excuse that her state is under an "emergency": 

Gov. Lujan Grisham declared gun violence a public health emergency Thursday, following the murder of an 11-year-old boy on his way home from an Isotopes game Wednesday night. That case, combined with several other violent cases involving children, sparked the decision. 

The new public health order is effective Friday, Sept. 8. After 30 days, they will evaluate whether they should renew the order or make adjustments. 

The public health order is a statewide mandate, but it only suspends open and concealed carry laws in communities with extremely high violent crime rates and firearm-related emergency room visits. Right now, that only includes the Albuquerque metro.

"Unconstitutional" hardly begins to cover the problem with Lujan Grisham's dictatorial move here. This is potentially boogaloo territory. It's an open and flagrant violation of the 2nd Amendment, and it's not one we as Americans are supposed to take lightly. 

But like I said, all it takes is for people to decide that's how far Grisham's power should extend, and it will. It won't matter what's written in the Constitution. 

Because at the end of the day, the Constitution that we venerate and hold up as the shield against tyranny is just a piece of paper. If tyrants want to ignore it, they will, and if they're situated just right, they can. This is one of the reasons the Founding Fathers decided that the God-given right to gun ownership should be second on the list in terms of things the government can't take away. 

It's an amendment that has soaked the nation in firearms, preventing a complete tyrannical takeover of the country from both without and within. Authoritarians in the government have been trying to reverse that decision for decades now, and it would appear that Lujan Grisham just decided it was time to stop pretending like she cared about the process. 

The Founding Fathers knew how governments could get. They knew that power was too attractive to authoritarians and that even the shining city on the hill would become a corrupt wasteland of crooks, thieves, and wannabe rulers. They knew that their ambitions would outstretch the limitations set forth by the Constitution and that they would either forget or completely ignore their status as servants of the people, not dictators. 

So the 2nd Amendment was created as a barrier against tyranny. It represents a line that, if crossed, would force the citizenry to practice the "Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its Foundation on such Principles, and organizing its Powers in such Form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness."

The pen is, indeed, mightier than the sword...right up until the moment tyrants don't care about what you're writing with your pen. 

The citizens of New Mexico would do well to push back against this and loudly. Gresham should be impeached and recalled, stripped of her office, and dropped off somewhere in the desert. In fact, it's imperative that they do at least the first three because Gresham is the Democrat Party's toe in the water. 

If she can get away with this heinous breach of the people's rights then she won't be the last Democrat to do it. Other wannabe dictators will begin pushing their own unconstitutional rules that flagrantly defy the established boundaries of the U.S. government. At that point, the Constitution will be a mere suggestion, not the document that served as the foundation for the greatest nation to ever exist. 

Things will have to get nasty at that point, and the Founders' foresight in instituting a right to firearms will prove one of the wisest moves in all of human history. 

To be clear, I don't want things to get that far. Civil wars are the last thing any nation wants to get up to. The destruction and loss of life are awful and avoiding it should be something we try to do up to the very point where we can't, but if politicians want to ignore the Constitution then that's the point where things can't be shrugged off any longer...because at that point, we've lost the country. 

Will New Mexico citizens oust Gresham? Probably not. There was hardly any fight put up when she instituted dictatorial COVID-19 rules that extended well past the time they should have. Something tells me Gresham pushed this 2nd Amendment violation because her own citizens taught her that she could probably get away with something like this. 

If anything, it's a good lesson to learn. Don't give your politicians any reason to think that this kind of dictatorial nonsense is an option. I'm afraid a lot of states are going to have this put to the test, now that Lujan Grisham has set a standard. It will behoove the citizens to make it clear this isn't going to fly through recalls and legal proceedings, because if they don't...

...well, we're all going to truly see what the 2nd Amendment is for.


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