Tucker Carlson without the bowtie

Tucker Carlson is best known as the ‘from the right’ person on CNN’s crossfire. He got his start over 15 years ago as a contrarian to the perceived left leaning media – CNN wanted to look ‘balanced’ – whatever that means in a world where Fox News has trademarked that term.

Anyway, I just read an article about Tucker that got me thinking. He has been scrapped from CNN as his ideas have become more radical as right wing thinking becomes mainstream in the U.S. So, what was once, ‘right’ is now ‘centre’ so guys like Tucker stray ever more to the ‘right’ in order to maintain their ‘contrarian’ image.

Now, ironically, the contrarians are coming from the left in the U.S. But I digress.

My point is this. Wouldn’t it be interesting if in a few years blogs like this one became old hat? If my ideas about investment and economic development were so mainstream in New Brunswick, that I would have to stray further and further to the ‘right’ in the non-ideological – methaphorical sense of that word? If the publisher of this blog cut me off for being too wacko? If the CBC stopped airing my commentaries because they were either boring (mainstream) or I had gone too radical?

Unlike Tucker, I would like to work myself out of a job. If New Brunswick gets serious about economic development and attracting investment and people to the province, I would gladly change the topic of this blog to baseball, music from the ’20s or ’30s or some other topic that I think I have some knowledge of.

But until then, I will keep my knowledge of Al Jolson, Louis Armstrong, the Andrews Sisters, Bing Crosby, and all the other old time singers to myself.

I’ll keep preaching to you about the need for our province to attract business investment.

And, no, I do not own any bowties.

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