Thursday, June 02, 2022






By Stephen L. Wilmeth


            The traditional bedrocks of the American system, a stable economy, energy independence, vast surpluses of food, hallowed universities, a professional judiciary, law enforcement, and a credible criminal justice system, are dissolving.

                                                                             ~  Victor Davis Hanson


            June started on May 15 this year.

            This, of course, refers to the need to separate June from the rest of the year. It is akin to the dark act of a stage play whereby the hero descends into the depths of despair and agony. The month should be declared hostile with its 100° days, wind, drought, fires, heel flies, rattlesnakes, and water problems of known, unknown, and calamitous conditions. All these catastrophes were pretty much hidden and or nonexistent on the evening of May 14, but by 5:00 AM Monday morning, the 16th, Pepe had left a text message and told me we needed to deal with the well at Casa Piedra. It wasn’t pumping and, furthermore, he couldn’t get water to the Jaime Trough and was headed that very moment to work on it.

            Holy cow!

            All this was anticipated, but the normal sequence is usually not expected until the first day of June when everything seems to go to heck in a handbasket. June is a terrible ranch month when the conditions including heat and increasing drought slam the days and the intensity increases as the days stretch out.

            The only thing to do is to batten down the hatches and deal with it hour by hour and day by day expecting its cruelty to expand into all corners … pretty much like the world around us is revealing every day.

            AMENDMENT X

            It is a cold day in hell when a Kennedy suggests the only remaining right reserved for citizenry is the Second Amendment.

            For a Kennedy to step up and declare that the right to bear arms is our last true constitutional right, mind blowing is a descriptive phrase that comes to mind. Quite frankly, I would not have believed it, but in a Fox interview some months ago Robert Kennedy, Jr., now with his genetically induced speech patterns, revealed his thinking loud and clear.

            For the sake of qualifying Kennedy’s position, AMENDMENTS I, III-IX, and XI-XXVII have all been corrupted by evolving interpretation and tilt leaving the Constitution in the state of decay we find it today. Whether Kennedy actually meant to throw X into the ash can was silent so one must assume that said amendment, the pacification amendment, has been fully corrupted and what right it reserved thereof has also been cast aside.

            A review is in order.

            The American citizenry, the subject of the Declaration of Independence, was largely left out of the Constitution. Most of the Founders didn’t think it was necessary to set forth specific protections. Those predecessors to the modern governing elites contended the system would take care of the citizenry, but others knew better. They wanted language protecting individual rights that had been at the heart of the entire revolution. It wasn’t until George Mason’s objection to the entirety of the pre-amendment draft of the document that James Madison conceded to a summary of individual rights. It was only then that the citizen was elevated back into focus and importance in the narrative of the law of this land. The Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments, was reluctantly agreed upon to assure the Constitution’s successful ratification by the States.

            Key among them was X which was included to clarify how the federal government’s powers should be interpreted to reaffirm the nature of how states’ rights and the underlying importance of the individual would be treated.



            The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

            Most, including Kennedy, contend the Tenth Amendment no longer retains any legal significance, but I’ll contend it is the only description of freedom left. That contention is not legally based, but it is practically manifest in our individual actions. We make personal decisions everyday that are directly related to the tyrannical assault by government. We are taxed, we are insulted, we are abused, we are disenfranchised, we are ignored, and we are taken for granted on an ongoing and directed basis. The only way we prevail is to make personal decisions within our diminishing means that mitigate the actions heaped upon our existence by the ever-evolving actions of this government.

            The Tenth may have no real legal standing, but … it at least stands there in the spirit of our daily existence.


            The progressive urban centers that have driven our demise have become our home-based threat.

            The legal system supporting the impact on us is entirely perpetrator driven. There is no intent nor is there any mechanism to resolve problems. Criminality is an open, revolving funding source. The social programs surrounding its various forms are not just bottomless money pits they have made the criminals protected beings. Their existence is big business.

            The time has come to revisit The unanimous Declaration of the (original) thirteen united States of America.

            Because WHEN in the Course of human Events, it becomes necessary for one People to dissolve the Political Bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the Powers of the Earth, the separate and equal Station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent Respect to the Opinions of Mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the Separation.

            Indeed, our Declaration of Independence spells out the course of action that certain unalienable rights shall not be breached without consequence. It is past time we separate ourselves from these urban jungles that are dragging us headlong into an abyss we cannot escape.

            The word is spelled D-I-V-O-R-C-E.


            Stephen L. Wilmeth is a rancher from southern New Mexico.


Anonymous said...

No states will divorce because they want Federal money. It always amused me are we gonna buy a ranch in southern New Mexico. Some ranchers didn’t want the government around. But boy when there was money for something they were the first to stick their hand out.

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