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Above the Law

Date: 01 June, 2006

By: Chief

Imageait a blasted minute. Just what am I saying, or writing? No one is above the law. Now, however, I am not so sure.

Speeding

You see here in New Mexico, the greatest state on earth by the way, we do have speed laws. Really ... we do. It is just that most people do not obey them. And why should they? Our governor, Bill Richardson, does not. And he is the chief magistrate for the state. If he — the enforcer of all laws — does not feel the need to obey the law he is specifically charged with enforcing then why, pray tell, should we mere citizens obey the law?

The answer to the above question is obvious. We, as the citizen, the employer of Governor Bill Richardson, should and must obey all laws — until we decide to change them — so that we do not sink into the same slimy pool of crap that Richardson has. The 'I am more important than you' slimy pool of human excrement is the pool that I am discussing here.

Yeah, our governor once again stepped on his own tally whacker while wearing track shoes. As you can tell, he is not overly bright. I must admit that we citizens of New Mexico can make a mistake. We elected Bill 'Hot Rod' Richardson — Hot Rod for short — as governor. But have no fear, we can correct that mistake as well. Hopefully we shall.

What has me ticked off over the conduct of Hot Rod is this statement from the Associated Press:

"Famous for zipping around New Mexico's open roadways at high speeds, Governor Richardson was at it again."

He was — finally — pulled over by an Albuquerque police officer. Oh, I did forget to mention that the driver for Hot Rod refused, at first, to stop for the officer. The 'at it again' says, without coming out and saying it, that Hot Rod has been violating the speed limit laws of this state for quite sometime. That is called a pattern of behavior. A bad pattern of behavior, without doubt.

But who cares? What is the big deal anyway? The big deal is this — a law, any law, must be applied equally to all citizens, like it or not. That, and make no mistake, includes Hot Rod. If the law is not applied equally to all, Hot Rod does not get a ticket but you or I do, then there is anarchy. It is the old expression, 'do as I say, not as I do'. Good guess, wrong answer, Hot Rod.

Secondly is the mere fact that, unfortunately, Hot Rod is the governor of the state. As such he has certain responsibilities. Including this one (Article V, Section 4 of the New Mexico Constitution):

"The supreme executive power of the state shall be vested in the governor, who shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed."

To say that Hot Rod is and has been 'en flagrante' violating one of his primary and constitutional duties is truly a prize understatement. Ah, that pattern of behavior is rearing its ugly head ... again.

More important is what kind of example is Hot Rod and entourage (his driver is a state police officer) sending to everybody else? To be sure, I would have to say a very bad one. Why should I obey the law if the governor who, as you have already read, is charged with enforcing all laws within his jurisdiction willfully fails to enforce all laws? If he does not have to obey the law — then I don't have to obey the law either. Not at all a good situation, would you not agree?

Furthermore, what sort of example does this send to our kids? 'Hey dad, the governor does not obey the law and his driver, who is a state trooper, does not obey the law, then I don't have to obey the law or do what you tell me to do either'. Remember the 'anarchy' word I mentioned earlier? See how it can come home to roost? I thought you would.

Have no fear, readers — it most certainly gets worse. According to news reports the Albuquerque police unit that was attempting to pull Hot Rod over had its party lights flashing and its siren blaring away. The unit was unmarked however. But, according to one Pete Olsen (a mouth piece) "[t]hey had flashing lights and a siren, but that doesn't cut it." Really? Does that mean if I am speeding and a cop turns on his party lights and siren in an attempt to stop me I can ignore the officer? I do not in anyway, shape or form think so.

Additionally the director of public safety (DPS) for the state, John Denko, had the unmitigated gall to defend the unconscionable actions of Hot Rod and Associates. Why, it's a "security measure" don't you know.

But wait, there is more. Two or three years ago KRQE News 13 clocked the Governor's driver at speeds in excess of a hundred miles an hour on the interstate. DPS Secretary John Denko explained the governor was late for a conference call. What a worthless crappy excuse. Excuses are like buttholes, Denko. Everybody has one and they all stink.

And then there is this little tidbit from the 'Santa Fe New Mexican' newspaper:

"The speeding first was picked up on the political radar in 2003, when a Washington Post reporter, traveling with Richardson on the way to a political function, noted that the governor ordered his driver to go faster when they already were in excess of 100 mph."

According to that report, why, old Hot Rod is, simply put, a lowlife criminal. No more, no less.

Lastly, Mouth-piece Olsen had this to say:

"The state police officer driving correctly followed the procedures mandated to safely and securely transport the governor. The state police will continue to take every precaution and follow recognized procedures to ensure the safety of the governor" (Quote from the Santa Fe New Mexican).

What we have here is an irreconcilable difference. On the one hand the state constitution states quite clearly that the governor is the chief magistrate — the chief executive and that the chief magistrate "take care that the laws be faithfully executed." On the other hand you have:

The easy way to end an irreconcilable difference between two parties is a divorce of the parties. In the political arena there isn't an actual marriage, per se. Nonetheless we have Hot Rod Richardson and cohorts who have been and continue to flaunt the state constitution and law. Hence the irreconcilable difference. Thus a 'divorce' is necessary.

Impeachment is a political divorce

Allow me to draw your attention to Article IV, Section 36 of the New Mexico State Constitution:

"All state officers and judges of the district court shall be liable to impeachment for crimes, misdemeanors and malfeasance in office, but judgment in such cases shall not extend further than removal from office and disqualification to hold any office of honor, trust or profit, or to vote under the laws of this state; but such officer or judge, whether convicted or acquitted shall, nevertheless, be liable to prosecution, trial, judgment, punishment or civil action, according to law. No officer shall exercise any powers or duties of his office after notice of his impeachment is served upon him until he is acquitted."

Our elected officials, appointed officials, hired officials and governmental employees must be held accountable for their actions — just as you or I are held accountable for our actions.

It is time for the New Mexico state legislature to serve articles of impeachment upon Hot Rod and Denko. Let them face the music for their malfeasance of office and be booted from office. Publicly shamed and humiliated.

Hot Rod and Denko have most certainly earned it.

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