I had coffee this morning with a longtime employee of the Albuquerque Journal, now retired. We lamented the state of things at the Journal where cartoon strips are censored and right wing letters to the editor are shopped as opeds. This morning the Journal had another kook oped from a member of the extreme right wing Rio Grande Foundation. But they said it was written as a personal piece. What BS.
This morning we mostly talked about politics in modern America.
I have pretty much decided that we now have politicians who are mean. In the past we had ego maniacs, corrupt souls, self serving greedy bastards with a few honest folks thrown in. Now we have the politics of mean people. Give me the egos and ethically challenged any day in comparison to these folks. At least they knew they had to treat their constituents with some dignity and compassion. Now that mean people are organized on the internet they can do more harm than ever. As my companion said this morning, 'its no longer just listening to the kook relative at Thanksgiving Dinner. Now they have the technology and tools to band together."
Yeah, this sounds pretty arrogant. But I think it is true. But I also see the glimmers of a back lash coming. It can't be soon enough.
Finally, my friend asked, "Is Jay McCleskey really running both state and city government?" That guy is the right wing political operative for the GOP. I responded that it appears that way.