Digger Cartwright - My Own Words
Author | Industrialist | Philanthropist
Digger Cartwright Interview 2013 Part 2: Question 6
Would you ever run for political office?
No, don’t look for Digger to get involved in politics. It’s a very dirty business and I don’t want to tarnish my image by being labeled a politician. Sadly, America has evolved from the original intent of our Founding Fathers who envisioned everyday people serving their country in the Congress or public office. They didn’t see it as a career. They were bankers, planters, merchants, and lawyers who went served their time for love of country. It’s not like now where they make a fortune from public life. They did their time and went back home to their jobs and lives. Being President wasn’t seen as the ultimate power; it was a duty that they reluctantly accepted in most cases. Politicians used to be people we could look up to and respect, but we’ve gotten away from that. Every election cycle it gets dirtier, sleazier, and more and more corrupt. And I really don’t want to be associated with it. Today’s politicians are more interested in serving themselves and keeping their power and all the perks that come with office than they are with serving the country and the people.
In a way it is sad. I’m very interested in politics and the well-being of our country, and I’m very concerned about the future of our nation, our society, and our rights. I’ve got a lot of ideas for how we can fix the problems we have, and I write about those or talk about those from time to time in hopes that I can get a dialogue going or get some new thinking out there that may actually help our country. And I’m not afraid to say that I think I’d be a really good Congressman or Senator. I can work with people; I’ve done it all my business life. I like hearing other people’s ideas and coming up with solutions that everyone can support and get behind. It may not always be all of what they wanted but if we can find consensus no one really gets all they want. So, I think I could be really good about bringing people together if they’re willing to compromise. Listen, I don’t care what political party people are from. If there’s a real willingness to solve a problem, people can come together. If people are willing to put country and cause above self-interest and ideology and are willing to make sacrifices, you know make the hard choices, there’s nothing we can’t overcome. But Washington doesn’t really like you if you’re an outsider or if you’re not with one of the two main parties. They’ve got this whole ‘either you’re with us or you’re against us’ attitude and that’s not getting this country anywhere.
So unless things change drastically, don’t plan on seeing my name on the ballot anytime soon. I just couldn’t deal with the egotistical jackasses in Washington.