How well do you remember your school bully? I had to deal with many such individuals because I went to a lot of different schools--I can't remember many of them, but I will never forget the humiliation and torture I had to put up with from Garrett Veneklasen. The sadistic grimace he used to give me while twisting my arm is forever burned into my memory.
I was rather surprised and dismayed when I learned that Garrett Veneklasen was running for Land Commissioner of New Mexico.
Garrett Veneklasen is a turd. He and his two henchmen bullied me mercilessly when I was going to Santa Fe Preparatory School on scholarship in the seventh Grade. Of course, Garrett never tried to harm me unless his cohorts were by his side; I suppose he lacked the courage. I must have been the natural target for their nastiness since I was the only poor-kid on scholarship at the expensive school for rich-kids. Coming from a hippy family didn't make things any easier: I never had the right shoes, or the trendy little Lacoste jersey with the alligator on the left-breast; I didn't know how to play soccer and my hair was too long. Whatever their reasons, it's wrong to bully anyone and the torture inflicted on me by this schmuck and his friends was totally undeserved. I have never been a bully myself, and I have no tolerance for them.
Garret claims to be a "conservationist" on his website, which means he enjoys killing animals. I wouldn't be surprised if someone told me he tortured cats when he was young.
Mr. Veneklasen didn't get a job when he got out of high-school, and I would be very surprised to learn that he has ever had a job. Although his family had the resources to get him any kind of education he may have wanted, Garrett has only ever obtained a bachelor's degree. He describes himself as "...A former fishing and big-game hunting outfitter and guide in both New Mexico, Colorado, and abroad..."; that means Garrett has made a lot of money taking other people who like to kill animals out on hunting trips. According to his bio on the New Mexico Wildlife Foundation website, Garrett Veneklasen has run his own business as a fishing and hunting guide for 22 years. From his business's website it looks like Garrett's idea of work is taking other rich people on international fishing trips to his favorite spots.
Garrett Veneklasen has never done anything for the people of New Mexico. It appears all that he cares about is fishing and killing defenseless animals. The current Land Commissioner, Aubrey Dunn, has angered the hunting community by denying access to certain public lands they had access to before he was elected into office. Obviously, Garret is trying to capitalize off of this anger in the hunting community and put himself into a position of power.
Some people will say that I am just a whiny little bitch who can't get over a little harmless ribbing from the guys at school--I'm sure that's what Garrett will think when he reads this. Maybe there is some element of truth to that....I know I'm not the only person who was bullied in high-school. But the people who usually say such things were probably bullies themselves, or perhaps they looked on while other were bullied and did nothing to stop it. There is a reason why our society is reacting to bullying in way it never has in the past. Humans are evolving, and as we do our behaviors are changing. What was acceptable forty years ago isn't okay anymore. We have learned that victim's of bullies are affected in some very harmful ways. My life may have been very different if I hadn't had to deal with Garrett and his henchmen at Santa Fe Preparatory....perhaps it would be me running for Land Commissioner instead of Garrett. School bullies ultimately take away our right to an education and other opportunities in life.
Needless to say, if it comes down to a choice between Garrett Veneklasen or the Devil for State Land Commissioner of New Mexico, I will heartily endorse the Lord of Darkness; Fortunately, it isn't likely to come down to that. Garret is running against a very qualified adversary: Ray Powell has served as New Mexico's Land Commissioner three times already, with great success.
In 2015, with Ray Powell at the helm, the New Mexico State Land Office brought in more revenue than it has ever earned to date (I'm proud to say that I was working for the Land Office that year). Ray Powell has an excellent education with a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Biology (UNM), a Master’s degree in Botany and Plant Ecology (UNM), and a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Tufts University, with an emphasis in Wildlife Medicine. If Garrett beats Ray in this election, you can be sure that the dumbing down of America is complete.
Do me a favor and send Garrett a note at firstname.lastname@example.org telling him what you think of high-school bullies, and Vote Ray Powell for Land Commissioner of New Mexico!