State Democrats targeting firearm restrictions

In this week's Intelligencer, gun-grabbing legislators hatch a plot, abortion-magnet draws more victims, lockdown economics persist, refugees arrive, Hispanics continue to feel alienated from Democrats, and New Mexico Democrat in-fighting shows no sign of slowing.

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Dax Contreras
Executive Director, Hispanos Unidos

1. State Democrats plan more firearm restrictions

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Details: The 16 point “anti-crime” plan includes punishing gun owners for “failing to safely store guns,” adding new limits to “high-capacity” magazines, and creating yet another new bureaucracy: the Office of Gun Violence Prevention. Vague, broad, and likely unconstitutional — both on the state and federal level — Democrats are exploiting the tragic murder of a middle schooler to shift the balance of power from the people to the government.

Rigged agenda: For the 30 day legislative session, the agenda is supposed to be limited to balancing the budget (a NM constitutional requirement) and some bills picked by the Governor. MLG wasted no time in announcing she will put her fellow partisans’ plan on the docket.

Impact: Either the Democrats who signed on to the plan don’t know that most gun crimes are not committed by “high capacity” clips nor with guns not “safely secured” — or they don’t care. In either case, law-abiding New Mexicans will have their natural rights suppressed and made more vulnerable to criminals who care nothing about law-breaking or human rights.

2. Pro-Abortion advocates want fewer Hispanics and other minorities to be born


Details: With the passage of Texas’ so-called “heartbeat bill” that bans abortion after six weeks into a pregnancy, Texans who want to terminate are scrambling to their neighbors — especially to New Mexico because we have “no major abortion restrictions, like waiting periods or required parental notification.”

Why it matters: “At a clinic in Albuquerque…an abortion provider said that on Tuesday, the day before the law’s enactment, every patient who had made an appointment online was from its neighbor state to the east. By Thursday, all of New Mexico’s abortion clinics were reportedly booked up for weeks.

The big picture: The law has outraged abortion advocates because it will mean more blacks, Hispanics, poor, single women, immigrants, disabled, and mentally ill will add to the population and supposedly harm society. These present day arguments for abortion are essentially identical to the Progressive era’s eugenics movement arguments in favor of forced sterilizations and other forms of birth control targeting “undesirables.” Planned Parenthood’s “Negro Project” led by Margaret Sanger was just one example of attempted genocide by eugenicists.

3. Men are giving up on the universities that gave up on them

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The situation: A very buzzy Wall Street Journal piece exposes the dramatic decline in men going to college. If the trend continues, in a few years for every one college-degreed male, there will be 2 women with degrees. 

Why is matters: It’s clear that higher education is broken and simply throwing more money at colleges (including making college "free") won't fix the problem.

Until recently, men who skipped college could count on a family-sustaining wage in a male-dominated, blue-collar field like manufacturing. But those types of jobs are disappearing, while the earnings gap between men with high-school diplomas and college degrees has grown wider.

Today, men with bachelor’s degrees make almost $1 million more in median lifetime earnings than high-school graduates, according to the Social Security Administration.

What they're saying: What is the role of men (white men particularly) in a society that is pushing them to be an underclass? According to University of Wisconsin’s Dr. Jerlando Jackson, “As a country, we don’t have the tools yet to help white men who find themselves needing help.” This is the result of decades of feminism, affirmative action, critical race theory, and other long-term cultural Marxist grand strategies. In other words, this situation isn’t a “bug” in the university system, it’s a feature of the current system.

The big picture: The WSJ Journal piece is unfortunately just the latest coverage of a long running story. In a July piece The Chronicle of Higher Education noted that when a college administrator called around in the mid nineties to see what other colleges were doing to support men, he always came away empty-handed. “Most of the people I talked to expressed the sentiment that men are the problem,” he said.

Today, the same college administrator sees this structural “anti-maleness” embedded in school-discipline policies that disproportionately target boys and in sexual-assault prevention programs that can treat incoming students as threats. “I had one young man tell me ‘I was welcomed to college by being told that I’m a potential rapist.' ”

4. Effects of lockdown economy similar to failed socialism


Details: Lockdown shuttered businesses, which increased unemployment. Unemployment benefits drove up inflation and caused worker shortages, adding to the supply chain disruptions. Denying property owners the right to evict tenants caused landlords to go broke, which spurred the feds to print more money to cover rent, which is exacerbating inflation. And all of this hurts working families most of all.

Background: Central planning will always fail. Sometimes slowly and sometimes rapidly. The unseen consequence of economic dictatorship is often worse than the harm that is easy to see. Right now, there seems to be no end to government intervention in the marketplace.

To make matters worse: New Mexico’s proposed restrictions on oil and gas would decrease our government's tax revenue by $730 million, with $3 billion in compliance costs for companies. And 87 percent of natural gas wells would not be worth operating. Raising the minimum wage, which kills jobs for low-income workers, continues to be pushed by left-wing and special interest groups. And Governor Lujan Grisham and her Democrat enablers are driving customers away from the State Fair for the mistaken belief that the appearance of government action is more important than recognizing the negative consequences such actions have on the hardworking families of New Mexico.

5. All (political) eyes are on Hispanics in California


Details: Fallout of the collapse of Hispanic support for California Governor Newsom and his imposed government shutdowns continues. This is a top story being followed by political minds across the country, which headlined our newsletter last week and was covered by the NY Times on Tuesday

The story continues: In 2018, exit polls showed Newsom with support from roughly two-thirds of all Hispanics, and now polling suggests Hispanics are almost evenly split on the recall. So far, 18 percent of all registered Hispanic voters have mailed in their ballots (compared with 32 percent of white voters) according to Political Data Inc., a Sacramento-based research group.

What they're saying: "For many Latino voters, the mixed feelings stem from a continued struggle with the pandemic, as they face higher infection and death rates, as well as unemployment. For others, there is a deep disconnect with the Democratic Party and Mr. Newsom himself, a multimillionaire Napa Valley winery owner whom they view as aloof and distant.

Interviews with Latino voters, strategists and advocates throughout the state reveal a frustration among Hispanics that Mr. Newsom has never tapped into. The pandemic has further entrenched inequality statewide and deepened the anger over the pervasive class divide Mr. Newsom’s wealth only highlights."

What we're watching: The recall election is heading into the final days and concludes Tuesday. Political watchers will be closely monitoring Hispanic turnout and overall support to see what lessons there will be as the 2022 cycle warms up. New Mexico political leaders, including MLG, will be watching for signs of weakness and voter apathy in Hispanic support that could be exploited in New Mexico next year.

6. Democrats keep duking in out in public

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The latest: Senator Jacob Candelaria was blasted by one of his stalwart old-guard colleagues: Senator Jerry Ortiz y Pino launched an on the record salvo saying, “OMG! This young man has lost all perspective. He has filed a formal charge of discrimination because Senate President Pro Tem Mimi Stewart changed his seat in the Senate chamber! And he refuses mediation. His sense of entitlement knows no bounds.”

Details: To be fair to Candelaria, the elder Senator ignored Mimi’s other  “retaliation” — moving Candelaria’s office to the third floor. But Pino makes a good point that Martinez, a quasi-crypto-socialist has voluntarily left the Democrat caucus.

The big picture: Although it seems like only juvenile bickering (and it definitely is) Candelaria is using this minor rift to solidify his credibility with the ascendant Radical Intersectionals who, unless there is a major shift away from current trends, will overthrow the remnant of the old-time liberals, like Mimi Stewart, and rule the party — and effectively rule New Mexico. Just as Rep. Javier Martinez replaced House Floor Leader Stapleton, some day Candelaria just might replace Stewart or Senate Leader Peter Wirth. Well, perhaps some day he will. For now, he can withstand any immediate damage so long as he is safe in his home district.