When one lives in the historical district and bumps up against the board and its actions (as sooner or later one must do), one almost immediately encounters multiple layers of hypocrisy.
- Illusion of historicity. There are only a small handful of buildings, 90% of which are mere rubble heaps, that survive from the Territorial period (of which even the exact dates of this period are debatable.) Historically, Lincoln was an agriculture, cow and railroad town and populated most with small, adobe huts such as the one found on the south fence line near mile marker 95. In stark contrast, Lincoln has recently become inundated with a collection of mansions. Anyone who says Lincoln, especially Zone B, is being historically preserved is delusional or deceptive.
- Delusion of good will. Board member Becky Borowski recently said, “We spend a lot of time in this community trying to build good will.” (July 2018 LHPB meeting) This statement is delusional. “Community” here means only those who are supportive of the illusion of historicity – everyone else is ignored or oppressed into compliance with the ordinance. The only “good will” available is for those who kiss up to the board and the historical party.
- Compliance. “Compliance” is a word used often by the historicals but only in connection with the residents and their responsibilities to the historical ordinance. No mention is made whatsoever of the board’s responsibilities to comply with the New Mexico statute from which it derives (Section 4-37-1, NMSA 1978 – for a fuller treatment of this issue, see here) or of the ordinance’s responsibilities to be in compliance with the U.S. Constitution (for a fuller treatment of this issue, see here.)
- Poverty gets no assistance. Ex-board member and ex-chairman James Sanchez recently said, “We’ve always tried to help each other.” (July 2018 LHPB meeting) Again, “we” and “each other” means only those who are supportive of the illusion of historicity and the other delusions of the historicity cult. Anyone else, especially those with real needs, gets nothing except spying, harassment, oppression, slander and gossip because they are those who are considered only to be “problems” in the district.
- Unfair application. The ordinance itself has built in hypocrisy. Only those buildings visible from the road are subject to the ordinance. Those buildings not visible from the road are completely free from the ordinance’s requirements. In general, the people whose buildings are the least visible from the road are the most ardent supporters of the ordinance. (for a fuller treatment of this issue, see here.)
- Arbitrary vigilante-ism. Recently (April through June 2018), a number of residents were “turned in” to the board and county code enforcement for their alleged violations of the ordinance. In the same time period (January through July 2018), L.M. Smith has come under criticism for his implied threats to burn down the Girrards’ home. (see January, May and July LHPB meetings) In January, Smith chose to single out the Girrards’ home to a prospective board member as the foremost example of a place in need of enforcement, stating that as long ago as seven years, he wanted the house burnt down. (see the Girrards’ rebuttal of Smith’s January statements here.) Though there are houses in much worse condition in the district and Smith’s own residence is far more intrusive against the historical standards of the district, the Girrards are now the target of increased scrutiny and Smith to date has received no public reprimand or consequence for his implied threats.
Yet there is still an even deeper level of hypocrisy at work in the district. Chicken coops and “mis-colored” roofs or fences of isolated individuals are forced into “compliance” but buildings like board chairman L.M. Smith’s Virginia colonial mansion and Pennsylvania Dutch barn (which are completely intrusive to the historical standards of Lincoln) and ex-board chairman Reginald Richey’s intrusive Swiss chalet and Doc Adams’ intrusive Santa Fe adobe mansion on the hill and Farnsworth’s intrusive California log house fantasy and others are allowed to remain without question or comment or even mention.
Utility sheds are deemed of more importance in the historical district than are one’s inalienable American rights. Millions of Americans have died for those rights to be preserved but the historicals disdain those rights as worthless in comparison to a tourist’s two second drive-by view. The historicals have exalted their ordinance and hypocritical practice of “historical preservation” to incredibly ridiculous heights.
Yet those in power in Lincoln disdain even the standards of their own ordinance and build pretty much however they wish – often with some form of official approval. It is evident that even their own beloved historical standards are something to be circumvented and ignored by those who crave most the power available in Lincoln.
But even more insane is the simple fact that anyone would seek power in lowly, isolated Lincoln! Seeking power in Lincoln has to be an all time low, a scraping of the bottom of the barrel, for power cravers! Yet the board attracts such people like a magnet attracts iron! Current county commissioner Elaine Allen seems to have been the only one so far able to crawl out and attain to any real power (albeit even that is only at the county level) – of course, some people say that happened only because no one else wanted the job enough to oppose her! When her term expires, this vacuum must be filled with someone more responsible to the people and to the American way of life!
Simply put, government can never be run in any healthy or beneficial manner when hypocrisy and deception is the main staple of its diet and the primary output of its officials.