An Idiot’s Guide to Voting Smart

So I was at a political event in Downtown Dallas tonight and talked with a number of friends and acquaintances.  I also met a few new people namely some folks from the defense arena.  Not my favorite people but the man I support for D.A. invited me, oh, and there was free barbecue.

Among the new acquaintances with whom I had interesting conversation was a Judge.  I explained to her what I did for a living:  I help companies stop people from selling counterfeit products.  She responded by telling me that she had just returned from China and brought back a whole mess of counterfeit luxury items.  She immediately flogged into a “I know it supports terrorism, but they (vendors) are just businessmen” quibble.  I said, “You know its immoral to buy counterfeit products, right?”  She said it isn’t immoral because it’s not illegal to buy them, only to sell them.  And I’m thinking, “Right.  Am I on Candid Camera?”

I cocked my usual one-eyebrowed grin and gave her my best “are-you-really-this-much-of-a-dingbat?” look and excused myself to the bar.  Those of you who know me personally know I am not one to feign respect.  I shudder at the thought of the ignorance of some folks.

I told you that story in order to tell you this one…

This is one reason I have become politically active in the Dallas area, particularly Collin County, which is the most affluent county in the United States and a hub for worldwide corporations.  I am supporting judges’ candidacies whom I know to be educated on IPR issues.  One local candidate who impressed me, and I am supporting, is Dallas IP litigation attorney Wendy McMillon.  I know many of our organizations focus on lobbying DC and State Capitals (which is great), but do not forget that these local posts are the bricks and mortar of our society.  Fighting ignorance of IP theft starts at home.  Read up on your candidates, meet them, interview them, and vote for the smart ones.  Do it.

Now I’m going to finish my coffee.

4 comments on “An Idiot’s Guide to Voting Smart

  1. HolmesPI
    January 21, 2010 at 4:29 pm #

    I knew we'd find some common ground, brother!

  2. phil viggiani
    January 20, 2010 at 5:34 pm #

    This may very well be the FIRST time you and I actually agee on anything to do with politics Rob…..I thought that was about as unlikely a scenario as Middle East peace settlements that last more than a month…..I will hope your GOP "grand ole party girl" gets the nod…..the other one sounds like most dolts at a Republican hot stove.
    Good to connect good buddy
    Phil

  3. Tim
    January 20, 2010 at 4:07 am #

    Dang. If only she weren't a Republican, because I really do generally respect your opinions, but I'm really down on Republicans these days. (The whole electing Bush twice, and almost putting Palin a hearbeat from the presidency still lingers in my memory.) And no, I'm not a Democrat.

    Very good story though. You're right. People of all stripes sometimes can be pretty clueless.

  4. Tim
    January 20, 2010 at 4:07 am #

    Dang. If only she weren't a Republican, because I really do generally respect your opinions, but I'm really down on Republicans these days. (The whole electing Bush twice, and almost putting Palin a hearbeat from the presidency still lingers in my memory.) And no, I'm not a Democrat.

    Very good story though. You're right. People of all stripes sometimes can be pretty clueless.

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