Q. Donít these ideologies describe and justify the partyís beliefs?
A. Yes, and that is valuable to know. But formulating and discussing ideologies is easy. The hard part is functionality. That is the candidate's capacity to size up a problem and design a solution.
Q. Donít these ideological thinkers over-generalize how they will change the nation just to show a brief overview on how they will help us?
A. No. They frequently dodge important questions because they don't know the answers.
Q. Arenít a majority of the political campaign speeches from the heart because they wish to make America a better nation? By discussing present day issues and how to resolve them, isnít that enough sentiment from the presidential candidate?
A. The reaction to most campaign speeches is boredom. That should be a significant indicator that we have a problem. The speeches lack real substance about the core issues.
Q. Do you believe that the film Hiroshima is an allegorical tale of what is happening in present day government as well?
A. Yes. It illustrates, among other things, that when the people do not have control of their government, they pay a terrible price.
Q. What exactly are you trying to suggest about our former president Clinton in these miscellaneous assassinations during his term of presidency?
A. The story was not intended to say anything about former President Clinton. It was offered as a dramatic example of the insanity surrounding modern day government.
Q. You feel that you should not blame others for the dysfunction, but arenít they responsible for causing the dysfunction to arise in our society? Especially the corrupt politicians that exist today?
A. Punishment is not a long term solution. Much of the time it provides little or no deterrent to wrongdoing. As a society, we spend an inordinate amount of time, money, and energy on punishment. Many societies and individuals view us as cruel. A good reference is the book Beyond Discipline: From Compliance to Community by Alfie Kohn.
Q. Havenít the traditional methods, such as the Civil Rights movement, and the Berkeley protests, established rights for some citizens?
A. Yes. But the concept of mindful activism serves to educate as well as promote. Values are important, but our people must understand that there are better ways of doing things.
Q. Arenít the ones who are already running for presidency self-motivated and isnít this also possible to achieve for any citizen?
A. We need much more than self-motivation. People need the opportunity to choose from a wide selection of candidates, each with a unique array of personality qualities that are presented without the intervention of a group of middlemen to obscure our perception.
Q. Isnít the "high energy" vital to any campaign because it motivates the people to become involved in present day politics? How does this affect who can run for presidency?
A. Energy can be directed in a variety of ways. It can be mindless ranting or mindful problem solving. We need leaders who would rather solve problems than play political games. Giving all of the people a voice in government would inspire their enthusiasm about the political process.
Q. You say that campaign money and paid political advertising are "like buying votes." How is this true when voters have the ability to choose who they want to believe?
A. Primarily because there are usually only two candidates who have any chance of winning. And those candidates have big money and elaborate organizations behind them.
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