The following is a transcript from the Pro America Report.
Welcome. Welcome, welcome. It’s Ed Martin here on the Pro America Report for you to be together and. It is a fascinating, fascinating week beginning, and we’ll have a lot to say about a lot of subjects later on this week.
By the way, I’ll be over in St. Louis, MO, and we’ll have, be Having our Eagle Council, it’s the 52nd Annual Eagle Council, Phyllis Schlafly’s Eagle Council. She started it in in 1967, is really when she had the very first meeting and and in some ways you can judge it back all the way to. Meeting that took place. In January of of 1968. And that was excuse me. That was a a meeting that Phyllis Schlafly had. Actually, mostly for politics, she had been denied the the presidency of the Republican Federation of Women, the National Republican Federation of Women, and. She was supposed. To ascend from Vice president to President, and they blocked her and they blocked her in 1967 is when the election was because. She had been an early backer and an articulate backer, and in some ways the creator of the conservative movement of the Barry Goldwater. In 1964, her famous book A Choice Not an Echo received. She sold 3.5 million copies of the book, received a ton of attention, and they blamed her for it. So. Anyway, she was beaten. In the Presidency, they cheated. They cheated in the presidency, they beat her back in terms of her race and what happened was she had already scheduled in her hometown of St. Louis a gathering for her Eagles. And so she had to do something with the hotel. She booked the hotel. What she going to do? And so she said to all the people that supported her, all the different political folks. Hey. Why don’t you please come to town and we’ll have this meeting anyway. And that was the beginning of Eagle Council. In some ways, the beginning of Phyllis Schlafly’s formal efforts to build the Eagle Forum and her conservative movement. So a lots of, we’ll have a lot of fun and a lot of interesting stuff, some great speakers in St. Louis. If you have an opportunity to go to eaglecouncil.com eaglecouncil.com, you can come out last minute. There are some openings, certainly. There’s always openings at the meals. We start on Friday afternoon, late afternoon. And go through a. Late Saturday, there will be a Sunday meeting, but it’s mostly for. Our eagle leaders.
So what do we have to talk about? Today, what you know? Excuse me. What I want to encourage you. Is our head over to proamericareport.com proamericareport.com sign up for the daily e-mail there and the daily e-mail when it comes to you, it will come into your inbox and it will be the WYNK and you say what’s the WYNK, W-Y-N-K, what you need to know. We dropped the to out. What you need to know or what you now know as someone said to me when you’re done reading it, you will have the WYNK in your pocket. And so that e-mail comes in 8:00 AM East. Coast, you know, 5:00 AM Pacific. And everywhere in between. And you get a couple of key details, a couple. Of key links. And one thought to sort of take you home. Well. I opened the radio show and this becomes a podcast and we mail it out. We put it out in all sorts of ways and I talk about the WYNK and what’s today’s WYNK? What’s today’s WYNK? Well, what do you need to know today?
In the last three days over the weekend, we have seen New Mexico Governor Lujan Grisham come into the news because she has decided that she can suspend the laws in her state for a health reason, she calls it health reason to be able to say that you cannot assert your Second Amendment rights. OK, so. But before we get to that, let me give you a little bit of context. I I I, I actually meant to talk about him last week.
Bill Richardson passed away. Bill Richardson was the New Mexico governor for I think 8 full years. And he was a he was a lauded he died at 75 years old, not very old. I’m sort of surprised that he surprised he passed away. I mean, he was. He was heavy in his life, didn’t look too healthy. But later in his life, in the last few years, when I saw pictures of him, he looked like he’d leaned out and he looked pretty healthy. But anyway, he passed away at 75 years old and we obviously pray for him and and send condolences to his wife and Family.
But Richardson was lauded in in death in passing as having been a really successful politician. He he was the congressman from New Mexico before he went back to be a governor. But in between he worked for as ambassador to the UN. He had been in in high levels of government at all different types, a Clinton guy he had come in with Clinton and and that’s where he sort of accelerated his. Career. And so he. But he when he went back to New Mexico, one of the things that I noticed, and this is I guess he was about in 2003, is when he went back to become Governor of New Mexico. By the way. He ran for president. That’s another place that he got to a lot of attention. Yeah. So I’m looking at The dates now, he was in the House. He was in the House of Representatives. In the ’80s. ’80 to ’97 so long time he had been in there, he was in leadership and all. But then he was friendly with the Clintons. And so he became the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. And he from that he basically became an expert in international affairs, at least according to himself. And they gave him certain things to help get people negotiate transfers of prisoners and all, but so.
One detail, by the way, Richardson. I think he came from a family of some wealth. So his father and they lived in California. Then they lived in Mexico. He had some Mexican heritage, but he grew up then in Massachusetts. He went to high school in Massachusetts, went to college at Tufts University in Massachusetts, played baseball, actually on Cape Cod. So he was. Kind of a northeast guy. Went to work for the Political types up in in Massachusetts and then in Washington, and he admits in one of his candid moments, he moved into Mexico. He did speak Spanish, but he moved to Mexico, New Mexico, because he wanted to run for office. And he just went there and he went there. And a year later, he ran. He didn’t win then two years later, he ran and he won. And so he started his career where he could, which is. Not uncommon, actually, you know, not uncommon with political types, but here’s what I wanted to point out.
Lujan Grisham, the current governor. Her name? Lujan. That’s her maiden name is from an old family in New Mexico Politics for 50 years or 75 years. Judges and lawyers and the prosecutors and US senator is her cousin. But in the old days in New Mexico, they. There were were some Republicans that succeeded in a statewide office. There are still some locally, but it has become a Democrat bastion and it really has been in the time of sort of Richardson in his career. His life is when it sort of shifted. It’s not a it’s not a place where you can get away being a moderate, it’s a pretty Democrat place. And and that’s my point here.
Lujan Grisham, the governor, announced that she’s suspending your right to conceal carry your right to open carry because she believes that there is an emergency and it has to be addressed now. My what I’m trying to say to you is the, the, the, the blue states have gotten bluer. The the places where you can be a Democrat in order to succeed, you have to become even more liberal. Even more that progressive’s the wrong word. Leftist. And so you when you see Grisham do this, it’s because in those states, you cannot. You cannot be a a moderate. You can’t get away with it anymore. And. So she’s not. Ashamed about it. She’s got this. She’s got an executive order. She says it’s an emergency, that you have to get rid of this. Everybody has to have their rights limited because it’s an emergency. Hold on for it – public health order. So she’s assessing that it’s a public health issue and she’s doing an executive order which includes her executive order, civil penalties up to five, $5000 fine. Now it’s not yet a criminal matter, but I can guarantee you if you get arrested under this kind of thing. You know, it’s like one of these things where you’re gonna they’re gonna find other stuff. That you did or didn’t do, I guarantee it.
And so she’s using, and this is this is, to me, this is an extension of, this is to what you Need to know is 2, are two Things, if I can. What you need to Know are two things on this.
But the second point is. Are you noticing? That she’s using her powers as governor to assess a health emergency. If you’re not seeing the echoes of what happened with COVID, where people sort of exercise their muscles in power, those with people in power said ohh look at this, we can do things with a public health order and now I’m going to say why not? Why?
By the way, why not say climate change? Oh my gosh, climate change. That’s a public health and this is a public health problem. I’m gonna do something about it through an executive order. I’m not gonna wait for the legislature. I’m not gonna wait for the the federal government act. I’m not gonna discuss it. I’m gonna do, use my power as an executive to change the Way you live.
What you need to know is what’s happening in New Mexico, and there’s a lot of commentary on it. And I think that it looks like it’s going to be challenged and there be lots of this and that. But what you’re really seeing are two things, the blue states getting bluer. And you’re seeing the use of executive power as an this is an example. This is an extension of COVID. And what happened in COVID because the, the, the powerful people in power, the powerful people in elected office and appointed office have realized that they have the muscles that they can use. They felt it once. And they don’t want to go back. That’s what you need to know.
We’ll take a break and Come right back. It’s. Ed Martin here. On the Pro America Report back in a moment.