The Man Behind the CurtainBy
I just came back from a lunch date with Mark Cates, the aerospace engineer who made a run for City Council last election cycle. Mark, who has started commenting here at the Hooligans, would most likely describe himself as a conservative. And as such, he has received a lot of thumbs down when it comes to his commentary and political beliefs.
I tried to approach our lunch with an open mind, because I do not share a lot of Mark’s beliefs about the role/effect of government. I was mainly interested in meeting the person behind the commentary.
It can be very difficult to evaluate what someone is saying if you can’t look him/her in the eye while they are saying it.
And while Mark was wearing sunglasses for most of our lunch, I was able to get a better view of him as someone other than that “conservative guy” who often comes across as “the victim” on these boards.
I have met a lot of the folks that are regulars here. Michael, Gordon, Tom, Shad, Aric, Keith Thomson, Diogenes, T.J. And I can say that meeting them has given me a broader idea of what they mean when they are commenting.
As a political cartoonist, I told Mark that I voted for him for the same reason I voted for Carl Mumpower last time he ran—–I knew that I would always have something to draw about!
And I’ll vote for him again if he decides to run. Not to make fun of him (much), but to have someone on Council who can bring reasoned arguments and a different perspective. Too much of one side or the other makes for an imbalance that I am not comfortable with.
Thanks for lunch, Mark, and good luck with all of the current stuff that has landed on your table.