So we were on this Route 66 (sort of) trip and on Saturday we took a right turn off of I-40 and headed north. I just had to see the Santa Fe Trail. We dumped onto the trail just west of Las Vegas (New Mexico that is) and followed a beautiful path into Santa Fe. I can image how pioneer travelers loved coming that route, although in this day and age it is an easier travel.
We headed directly for the capital and luckily the GPS kept us from messing up on the strange layout of one way streets. Also surprising was that parking meters were enforced on Saturday! Their legislature was in session so a full complement of guards, and tour guides were available, although we were the only ones seemly interested in a guide. One of the halls held pictures of all of the prior territorial governors preceding State Governors. Even the First Lady had her own office in the capital!
The guided tour was extremely interesting and after working for years in and around the Indiana State Capital, New Mexico’s Capital was extremely modern. Moving on into town there were many Old Towne Shops ready and willing to part us from our money. And they (the shops) were really pricy!!
As we continued on our trip days later, we’d pick up snippets of news. In one broadcast there was talk of the New Mexico Legislature passing a particular new law, similar to one in California, which was the elimination of Columbus Day as a recognized holiday and replacing it in Indigenous Persons Day. I was shocked. How could they change that day? I decided it must because they were so far west of the original colonies. The colonies, that so earnestly believed that it was because of Columbus “finding the new world”, that they were given the opportunity for a new beginning. The New Mexico change was based upon the determination that 17% of its residents are indigenous. I’ve thinking on this. Why? Well, to an old guy like me, it seems to be the beginning of a lack of unification of this county. Oh well, it’s only New Mexico and California. (after all can you expect from California?) So I’ve just completed my research and Yes, New Mexico, and California now recognize Indigenous Persons Day so does Alaska AND Minnesota! What’s wrong with these people? Further, not only these, but so to did Vermont and Maine change!!
Actually, thinking of Minnesota, I’m surprised they didn’t make it Leaf Ericson Day! Now, as I see us being segregated I would expect to find that Texas would disavow July 4th Independence day in favor of the date that Santa Anna was defeated and Texas won its independence from Mexico!
Man or Man, what once was common to us all is now leaning toward separatism.