Several adverse, incorrect comments against me have been published in the opinion pages of the Optic. I have always worked on behalf of the people, the public good and the public interests in all my years of activism. During those years, I have been part of a citizens constitutional group that has achieved many victories for the people, whether the people are aware of these or not. In fact, our constitutional group has had more victories in and out of court against errant government and polluting corporations and has been instrumental in removing more errant public officers than any other group in the history of New Mexico. Obviously, we are doing something right for the benefit of the people.
Much criticism has been heaped upon me for my stance against rapacious, imperialistic, profit-driven, government-favored oil and gas industries and their plans to devastate our beautiful area of New Mexico. The land, water and air in northern New Mexico are very dear to me, and they should be to all people in New Mexico, and that fact that these precious resources face imminent danger by actions which will benefit corporate interests should be a concern of all the people of New Mexico.
My pursuit for the public good is based in the authority of the national and state Constitutions and the inherent rights and due process of law they secure to the people. Those who oppose the constitutions and the rights of the people have always opposed me and still do. Those who favor oil and gas drilling and oppose the rights of the people have always opposed me and still do. Rosalie Regensberg, a former county commissioner, and Fenicia Ordóñez, of Rainsville, have egregiously criticized by constitutional positions spoken for the benefit of the people, misstated my intent and wrongly characterized my remarks as a “tirade” and a “personal attack” on Mora County Commissioner Paula Garcia. Their words are false and may belie their true interests. I question how many actions these women who criticized me have undertaken and won for the benefit of the people, as an unsalaried volunteer, as I am.
My comments to Paula Garcia were not personal, as they never are, but were addressed to her constitutional responsibilities to the people of Mora County, pursuant to her oath and the constitutional mandates contained therein.
The actions of any public officer either support and uphold the constitutions, or oppose and violate them. When those actions violate the constitutions, every New Mexico citizen should be very concerned and get actively involved to address, correct and stop the violations and the domestic enemy who committed them. This term, “domestic enemy,” may seem harsh, but it is part of the Declaration of Independence, and any public officer who opposes and violates the constitution, perjures his or her oath thereto and is a domestic enemy engaged in sedition against the constitutions. All public officers elected or appointed, if they support and vote for hydraulic fracturing, they have by their own actions, invoked the self-executing clauses 3 and 4 of the 14th amendment to the national constitution, thereby, immediately vacating their offices and forfeiting any pension and benefits thereof. Public officers who violate their oaths are domestic enemies.
These two women could have criticized the retired lawyer who spoke before the Mora County commissioners just before I spoke; yet they failed to do so. This speaker was very caustic to the commissioners and aggressively told them that the Community Rights Ordinance would not work against the massive interests — financial and political — of the oil and gas companies and their teams of attorneys, so essentially, she recommended that the county give up all defense. Those who criticized me never said a word about this retired lawyer and her positions, so it is very curious as to where their true interests lie.
Over the years I have put many, many politicians and public officers on notice pursuant to their constitutional requirements, including the president, all members of Congress, numerous state, county and local politicians in New Mexico. My remarks to Paula Garcia were stated to give her constitutional notice regarding the performance of her official duties and her obligation to protect the rights and best interests of the people, their land, water and air. I gave the same constitutional notice to numerous other New Mexico officials, so it is clear that I did not single out Ms. Garcia personally.
Many criticize the Community Rights Ordinance as being “unconstitutional,” but fail to specifically state how, where and why the ordinance is “unconstitutional.” ... Fracking being conducted by oil and gas companies in New Mexico is blatantly unconstitutional pursuant to the New Mexico constitution, specifically Article XX, Section 21, which prohibits pollution of soil, water and air. It would have been better for the entire Mora community to embrace and lawfully enforce their inherent rights secured for them in the constitutions than to have enacted this Community Rights Ordinance. The constitutions, state and national, are the supreme lawful authorities in New Mexico, and no oath taker has the constitutional authority to defy, deny, oppose and violate the very documents to which he or she has swore or affirmed his or her oath.
Article II, Bill of Rights, Section 5, rights under Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo preserved “the rights, privileges and immunities, civil, political and religious guaranteed to the people of New Mexico by the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo shall be preserved inviolate.” We are a Republic; were are a nation of laws.