Michael Wiles doesn’t like to advertize his political stances, but his unique perspective demands attention. Far from the reactionary politics that seem to be dominating the national political scene in recent years, Wiles says that he is mostly a Democrat, but with some libertarian leanings. He says that he supports Barack Obama, but not without some reservations. As an artist, Wiles hates any sort of governmental surveillance. The massive data collection program that was enacted under Obama’s watch and exposed by Edward Snowden, troubles Wiles. He doesn’t like the idea of the government getting an all-access pass to his present and past phone and internet search records. He says that part of being an artist in a free country is about not worrying about research. The only way Michael Wiles can get into his characters is if he researches their obsessions. He wants to be free to make inquiries or searches into any subject matter he chooses in order to be able to play even the most morally defunct characters.
Michael Wiles says that he has admired strong Democratic presidents from history, such as John F. Kennedy, Theodore Roosevelt, and Bill Clinton. But he still has a libertarian streak because of the amount of trust he lost in the government after the Bill Clinton presidency and now the revelations that the government has engaged in a massive spying campaign under President Obama. While he favors strong government programs funded by taxes, he still is a strong believer in personal freedom and rights.