David Mamet: A Conservative? Kinda sorta …

I’ve seen two articles about this in the papers and had to read it.

David Mamet in the Village Voice

Mamet writes a lengthy discourse on politics. Sort of a “how I figured out I’m not really a liberal but a conservative in stead.” Well, that’s how some are interpreting it. I’m not sure he’s really a conservative just yet, but it was a great read. I hope Mamet keeps writing on politics. He’d make a great columnist.

Politics Can Be Frustrating

Running for office has its advantages and disadvantages. Mostly it’s the latter. If you win there are some advantages, but winning is difficult for non-incumbents and even when you do win it’s not as rosy as you might think.

One example of the frustration is how you can get attacked. Sometimes it comes from the opposition. Depending on the nature of these attacks, it’s usually not so bad. You see that coming.

But sometimes you get blindsided. You might get sandbagged by someone you thought was a close ally. Usually this is more of a private matter. On the public side, you might get flamed by a wingnut. One friend of mine has been accused of all sorts of things by a guy who seems mentally unbalanced to me. When you see everything he does together, you know he’s nuts. But someone might read one thing he says somewhere and not know the full story.

I’ll say this: Politics is hard enough. If you’ve got a problem with a candidate, then it’s okay not to support that candidate. It’s also okay to criticize your opponent, as long as you stay within reasonable bounds. To quote a good friend, “it’s what they do, not who they are.” Translating … criticize them for their actions, but don’t call them names.

But if your problem is with a candidate and you don’t have a horse in the race, then stay out of that one. Find a candidate you like and support that candidate. We need more positive in politics and less negative. Or heck, run as a candidate yourself. Run once and you’ll understand how hard it is, and you might not be so quick to go after someone else.

Steven Vasquez for Congress: Tech Savvy for Tech Valley

I’m very excited. My friend Steven Vasquez announced today that he’s running for Congress: See the Steven Vasquez press release.

Steven really understands the Stop Wasting Money philosophy. He was very active and demonstrated great leadership in the local Ron Paul movement.

The coolest thing is the guy’s got real tech savvy. He’s got engineering degrees from RPI, plus an MBA, and he started up a company in the area. Who better to lead Tech Valley than a guy with that kind of background.

Steven Vasquez

Go Steven!