All across the nation, governors and state officials have ordered lockdowns and stay at home orders in an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. And while these measures have worked to ‘flatten the curve,’ they have also taken a toll on our economy and local communities. Non-essential businesses have been closed, people have been laid off, and neighborhoods are slowly dying.
And that is precisely why people all over are calling for an end to the lockdown or at least for some businesses to reopen. They are tired of sitting at home, without a paycheck coming in, and with a limited number of “allowed activities.”
Luckily, some are standing up for those communities, demanding that they are allowed to go back to work and begin the task of getting backing to some semblance of normal.
The mayor of Grant, New Mexico, is one of those.
Under Democratic New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, the entire state has been in lockdown mode for quite a while, with all non-essential businesses being closed and social gatherings to not exceed five people. Furthermore, on Wednesday, she extended that order until at least May 15th. But her constituents are getting restless.
So Democratic Mayor Martin “Modey” Hicks has announced defiance to her order. According to The Associated Press, Hicks is reopening his town of about 9,000 for business. And he even went so far as to dare the governor to send her state police to try and stop them.
Hicks said, “The governor is killing us. She’s totally killing us. So we have no choice. So right now, we are reopening. Let state police come down here.”
Mayor Hicks said the town could reopen on Monday, allowing all businesses to operate as usual. And Hicks is prepared for just about anything. In anticipation of what the governor might do to prevent the reopening of the town, he has warned his local police force to be on the ready.
But while his local sheriff seems to be on board with the reopening, he has made it clear that he will not put his officers or deputies in danger by getting in the way of state police. Cibola County Sheriff Tony Mace stated, “I understand where the mayor is coming from. I get it.” But he also added that if the state police came to town to enforce the lockdown and issue citations, he would not risk the safety of his staff to prevent that.
Under the governor’s current orders, all those found to be in violation of the stay at home measure will receive a warning for first-time offenses, according to The AP. But petty misdemeanor charges and fines from $100 and $5000 can be issued for second and third offenses, respectively.
Hicks doesn’t seem too worried by the threats, though. He told the media, “I’ve told businesses to call 911 if state police show up to their place. We are going to stop Lujan Grisham and her Gestapo.”
Naturally, the mayor’s reference to the governor as Hitler did not go over all that well. Governor Lujan Grisham has since made a statement, condemning the mayor’s comments. Grisham’s spokeswoman Nora Sackett said, “To compare an elected official making difficult decisions to protect the public health of all New Mexicans to Hitler is disgusting. We condemn it in the strongest possible manner. The world recently observed Holocaust Remembrance Day, and to make such a horrifying statement and misguided comparison while New Mexicans are taking action to protect themselves and their communities from a terrible virus is beyond the pale.”
I find it odd that the progressive left has had no problem in the past with comparing Republican or their arch-enemy President Donald Trump to Nazis, their leader, or several other hateful dictators from around the world. But suddenly, when it is themselves being compared to such horrors, they get offended—another example of that excellent, Democratic double standard that’s always in play.
In fact, Sackett and her boss didn’t even begin to comment on how they would be handling Mayor Hicks’ defiance. It seems all they cared about was his not so far off comparisons.
Only time will tell how the state will respond to Grant’s reopening. One thing is for sure, though, Grant will hardly be the last to stand up and fight for their rights, on a state or national level.