Eyes Open

March 17, 2008 at 11:26 pm 7 comments

Now that I have returned from my sojourn in the Great White North I can turn my attentions to bloggery.

I quite enjoyed this essay from David Mamet. He is a playwright and author, with many notable works including Glengarry Glen Ross and The Spanish Prisoner. He is also co-creater of one of my favorite shows, The Unit. He explains why he is no longer a brain-dead liberal.

There is some profanity (it was published in the Village Voice after all), but I think it is worth reading. I don’t agree with all of his opinions, but find this kind of conversion very interesting. Mamet is not alone. Dennis Miller and Ron Silver have had similar awakenings, though more on the national security than economic front.

Don’t be a brain-dead liberal.






Entry filed under: Commentary, Politics.

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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. TRussell  |  March 18, 2008 at 2:08 am

    Maybe it’s not my place to talk about this as I am only related to the Cardall’s/Mitchell’s by marriage – but I can’t resist.

    I seem to recall a certain gathering in our nation’s capital whereupon the group encountered a drunk that allegedly was more than just a comic display as he was sized up to pose a threat to the physical safety of passers bye.

    Upon dilliberating as to what should be done about the situation, little Ricky of only 5 stammered out his solution – “Why don’t we just kick him in the unit?!!!”

    What is up with IRF and our affiliation with people who just want to kick it?

  • 2. lemare  |  March 18, 2008 at 1:55 pm

    It was a a 3-year old Ryan, right next to the reflecting pool. Classic.

  • 3. PG  |  March 24, 2008 at 6:17 am

    Well, what I read of it shows that more than Mamet’s writing has gone to pot (anyone seen “State and Main”? ).

    Mamet never understood liberalism to begin with. I’m hard pressed to think of any liberal that would agree with his definitions of “liberalism”. Sounds more like the revisionist history of a 50 something guy trying to justify his grumpy old man state.

    Comparing Bush and Kennedy? Oh, it is to laugh.

    He does share something else with Ron Silver and Dennis Miller:their best work is behind them. Miller in particular is an embarrasment.

    Remember lady, liberals actually use their brain. Conservatives, not so much.

    Oh, and Mitt Romney is as legitimate as a $3 bill.

  • 4. lowdogg  |  March 24, 2008 at 4:37 pm

    Hmmm. Plenty of ad hominem attacks here but very little substance:

    Mamet’s subpar work (per PG) is due to conservatism. He must be a grumpy old man.
    Silver and Miller are has-beens, ergo, conservatives.
    Liberals smart, conservatives dumb.

    And did PG call me a lady?

    Dan Henninger is the WSJ had a followup last week:

  • 5. PG  |  April 25, 2008 at 3:49 am

    Here’s a little substance: somebody name me a David Mamet work of note since “Speed The Plow”. I wouldn’t count “The Spanish Prisoner” and that’s over 10 years ago.

    In other words, we’re not speaking of someone at the top of their game.

    The last time I saw Ron Silver in a movie was “Ali” (2001). Dennis Miller was funny in the ’90s when he was an equal opportunity satirist. Now all his material seems written for RNC gigs, and surprise surprise, it’s not funny.

    So, their suppar work is BECAUSE of their converatism? I didn’t say that. But it does coincide with becoming conservative. Hmmmm….

    I thought a woman ran this thing….

  • 6. lemare  |  April 25, 2008 at 10:05 am

    One wonders why you care the gender of the author of a post? There are multiple contributors, male and female.

  • 7. lowdogg  |  April 25, 2008 at 10:48 am

    One also wonders the benefit of debating someone who takes a month to respond to a comment.


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