With all the drama of the state's largest city unfolding on an hourly basis, your loveable Eye has been remiss.
You see, believe it or not there's a governor's race going on! And if you haven't been paying attention there are some very unusual things going on.
You see, four years ago, the state was facing an "illegal alien crisis" that candidate Susana Martinez campaigned to stop. Now, it's an "immigration issue" and Governor and candidate Susana Martinez is visiting the Immigration and Custom Enforcement holding facility down in Artesia visiting women and children who are detained there.
As if that doesn't strike you as odd, there's this little tidbit. Usually, Republicans are all gung-ho when it comes to supporting veterans. You do remember what veterans are right? Those former soldiers, sailors, and airmen who served in our nation's armed forces? Well, it seems our Governor is just a little bit picky about her support of veterans. You see, when it comes to draping herself in a flag and saying she's all for them, she's got no problem doing that. But when it comes to actually supporting them, well, not so fast.
There's a little case involving a veteran that is headed to New Mexico's supreme court and it involves federally protected rights under the Uniformed Services Employment and ReEmployment Rights Act. In a nutshell:
USERRA protects civilian job rights and benefits for veterans and
members of the active and Reserve components of the U.S. armed forces.
USERRA provides that returning service-members must be promptly
reemployed in the same position that they would have attained had they
not been absent for military service, with the same seniority, status
and pay, as well as other rights and benefits determined by seniority.
And a certain soldier, Phillip Ramirez had his USERRA rights violated when he was fired by none other than CYFD. Mr. Ramirez filed suit and won. The state, under direction of Governor Martinez, appealed and the court found that federal law has no authority over state law. (Huh?). Mr. Ramieriz then appealed to the supreme court and was granted his appeal. Now entering the fight on behalf of Mr. Ramirez is the state's Attorney General and possibly the US Dept. of Justice. Of course, who is on the other side? Susana Martinez. Here's the governor posing with Mr. Ramirez unbeknownst to her that this is the man suing her. But for all she seems to care....it's a photo-op with a vet!!
We want to be sure we get it, to Susana Martinez: Illegal Immigrants--OK Veteran Employment Rights: NO OK.
The Piercing Truth
This is right from the dictionary and seems to describe Albuquerque, Berry and Schultz. Fascism (f ash ,izem) noun An authoritarian right wing system of government and/or social organization. (in general use) extreme right wing, authoritarian, chauvinistic and/or intolerant views or practices. Fascism tends to include a belief in the supremacy of one group over another, national, ethnic, especially social strata or monetarily; a contempt for democracy, an insistence on obedience to a powerful leader, and a strong demagogic approach. Compliments of one of our Eyes