’Tis the season of good cheer, virtuous thoughts, and, for some us, without apology, celebrating holidays by the actual names — Christmas, Hanukkah, even Kwanzaa.
Amidst all this high-minded sentiment lurk people seeking to lay upon the society their word, their logos or scheme for the world.
This laying upon comes under the umbrella of paternalism. A persuasive exploration of this idea is found at spiked.com, a British online current affairs magazine that calls itself “a metaphorical missile against misanthropy.” See capitolreportnm.blogspot.com for the link.
John Wertheim, of Santa Fe, offers local salvation in his campaign for the Democratic nomination for State Treasurer. Wertheim has run for office before. In 1996, not yet 30, he took on Rep. Steve Schiff and was soundly trashed. That experience propelled him to chairmanship (probably I should say “chair” to remove gender identity) of the Democratic Party.
A Wertheim fundraising email said, “From full funding for critical Early Childhood Education to a ‘New Mexico Tomorrow Fund’ to help New Mexico families struggling to pay for college, I have a vision for what the state treasurer’s office can do to kick-start New Mexico’s economy, create good jobs and invest in kids.”