Sadly, David Mamet, for years a highly-respected playwright, screenwriter and director, has lost his mind. Fortunately for him, but unfortunately for us, his lingering reputation allows him to get an insane screed published in the latest issue of Newsweek, where he even rates cover-story status.
Mr. Mamet is opposed to further efforts at gun control–after all, we already took submachine guns off the streets back in the 1930′s–and insists that “we need more armed citizens in our schools”. That’s all well and good–not that I agree with it–but really David Mamet just hates Barack Obama, which (I assume) is why his anti-gun control piece begins with extended ramblings about Karl Marx, communism, and the frightening specter of “the State”. [Note to Mr. Mamet: to paraphrase Walt Kelly, here in America we have met the State and it is us.] He goes on to bellyache about, among other things, the fact that President Obama has just “passed a law” guaranteeing himself and his children Secret Service protection for life; apparently Mamet is unaware that Presidents don’t “pass laws,” they sign laws passed by Congress (or they issue Executive Orders, which in the case of this particular president are commonly referred to as “diktats”). Anyway: I won’t belabor the issue, and you can read the story for yourself, but it’s a sad day for us all when David Mamet’s writing seems indistinguishable from a typically unhinged rant by Ted Nugent.