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Posted by Gary B. Cole
A world of fun.
Growing up, my family kept the road hot between New Mexico and Texas. We have many relatives in both states. I was born in Albuquerque and my brother remains. To escape mestizo schools, he pays for private school to educate his children. I left New Mexico for Texas in the 1990s. Way back then, English billboards lined Albuquerque’s freeways. Today many are in Spanish.
New Mexico is the only state with a bilingual constitution. General Kearney captured Santa Fe in 1846 and inherited a Mexican province. Only the priests and patrons thrived. Together they kept the peasants illiterate. This arrangement is common in the Spanish world.
Soon the railroad brought white settlers. Uncle Sam usurped Latin oppression and the American Dream took hold. Cattle moved in. Cowboys and Indians fought to the death. Remote villages turned into cities. New Mexico’s ancient history blossomed overnight.
New Mexico’s Most Famous Son.
New Mexico’s laboratories produced the atom bomb and modern rocketry. Military technology booms in the Land of Enchantment. The state is rich in natural resources; oil and gas made men rich. It’s great but unless you’re white or elite Hispanic, New Mexico is home to poor New Mexicans.
I grew up with New Mexicans. We lived in the same barrios and attended the same barrio schools. My brother and I were two blonds in a sea of raven-haired vatos. Their answer to everything “oh, si.”
Although my Roswell middle school was majority Hispanic, I attended the wealthier high school. Here I met the other whites. Many lived in nice homes and drove new cars. I wasn’t one of them nor was I Mexican. I was the fag and they reminded me every day.
I’ve never been innocent and cannot hold a grudge. I understand white devils. White devils are no different from brown devils. Both hate the gays. But white devils graduate high school and college. They buy luxury homes and fine art.
These jokesters will suffer Obamacare and a Hispanic majority.
Brown devils drop out in the tenth grade. They pop out babies and live forever with their parents, siblings, grandparents and cousins. Brothers turn into men under one roof–sisters become professional mothers. New Mexico, like California, is a minority/majority state. Soon the nation will adopt this model.
New Mexico’s statehood saves it from true Mexican poverty. Beautiful American neighborhoods prosper in every county. Grocery stores are stocked and people stop at red lights. But when I go home, I know it’s forsaken Spanish territory. It’s not the same as free and independent Texas.
The Federal government subsidizes New Mexico more than any other state. Los Alamos National Laboratory and other agencies employ armies of government workers. They oversee a bureaucratic occupation of New Mexican affairs.
Liberal elites control New Mexico’s brain trust. All vote Democrat. Many are carpetbaggers from outside universities. New Mexico has the highest per capita Ph.D rate in the country. Eggheads vote to keep New Mexico poor, segregated and a national black sheep.
My aunt is involved in state politics. She married well and works to fundamentally transform New Mexico. She backed state Treasurer James B. Lewis’ successful campaign. Lewis is black but I don’t know where she found him. Blacks are rare in New Mexico. They built their own barrios. My mom knew where they lived and brought one home.
Mom’s black lover and my homosexuality frazzled my aunt. She evicted us and that was that. Fortunately this isn’t my only political memory. As a child, my step-grandmother Virgie Cole served as Eddy County Clerk. I’d visit her at the big stucco courthouse and learned the importance of record keeping. At election time we’d see her campaign signs. She’s of course gone and only the wicked remain.
Eddy County Courthouse
It’s easy to love New Mexico. The deserts turn white-hot during the day and gold at sunset. New Mexico’s vast forests produced Smokey the Bear. Its resorts offer world-class skiing. The Sandia Mountains lording over Albuquerque is an earthly miracle.
New Mexico dates back centuries. Founded in 1610, Santa Fe is America’s oldest seat of government. As a tourist, Santa Fe is a real treat. The round Capitol building, Palace of the Governors and Loretto Chapel are must-sees. Unless you’re rich, bring a camper or find the Motel 6. Californians made Santa Fe outrageously expensive. The average home price is $370,000. Democrats forced the natives out.
Governor Bill Richardson is New Mexico’s most recognizable face. Born in California to an affluent mixed-race family, Richardson enjoys New Mexico’s hacienda living. New Mexicans elected him twice. No one got any richer. Gary Johnson preceded Richardson. He’s most famous for wanting to legalize marijuana.
Santa Fe liberals discover Texas.
Most associate New Mexico as a blue state. I remember bright red when it voted Reagan in two elections. Carpetbaggers changed all that. Democrats choked state politics until it turned blue. Republican Susana Martinez is now governor. I knew women like Governor Martinez…judges, welfare officials and teachers. You never talk back. Simply say “yes, ma’am” and do as your told.
But being New Mexico, Martinez accepted Obamacare and will setup a state exchange. Whatever that is. It sounds like welfare. Something else to keep New Mexico poor. Small business owners like my brother, who once could pick and chose projects, now fight to stay afloat. Housing died. People are going bankrupt.
A poor New Mexican car on Texas roads.
My mother’s family left Kentucky for New Mexico in the 1950s. Albuquerque was still a dusty outpost. They migrated from one poor state to another. Mamaw worked as a waitress, my grandfather a professional gambler. Later he drove trucks.
As a teenager, my family visited Kentucky and drove deep into the hills. We stopped at a general store built next to a working outhouse. The clerk asked where we were from. New Mexico, we said proudly. “I heard they eat dog out there,” he said.
Today Kentucky’s commander-in-chief is a known dog eater. Fate is indeed cruel. But I understand his point. Many New Mexicans enjoy goat’s head and cow tongue. Far too many use food stamps to buy chips and soda. The same is true of Kentucky.
Liberal poverty plagues New Mexico as it does the nation. Thankfully this is American poverty. Like Kentucky and Texas, New Mexico is a state admitted in 1912 by President Taft. After 400 years of history, statehood proved New Mexico’s most valuable treasure.