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Below are Questions and Answers pertaining to Mark A. Goldman's candidacy for President of the United States.

Mark A. Goldman                                                          Dated: 3/5/07 and after

 

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Questions Asked:

  1. Why donít you think that those already running are better qualified than you are? 
  2. Perhaps the current candidates didnít say very much before because they felt that the best strategy for defending the Constitution was to wait until they could run for President, which is what they are doing now. Wasnít that a reasonable thing for them to do? 
  3. Besides that one issue, what evidence is there that you are qualified to be President of the United States?
  4. Are you going to pay the fees and get the signatures necessary to be put on all the state ballots come Election Day? 
  5. Third party candidates never win.  Why should I waste my vote on you?
  6. You talk about love and all that, so how do you reconcile that with your hatred of George W. Bush and others in his administration?

Answers to Questions:

1.  Q. Why donít you think that those already running are better qualified than you are?  
A.
Because the most important qualification that a President must have to be worthy of the office is absolute integrity when it comes to keeping his or her oath of office. When I saw that the Constitution was under attack I made a substantial effort to speak out about it. In fact, thatís what Iím doing right now. All of the other candidates have had ample opportunity to do what I have done and am doing now. Given their visibility and position, they would have made and would still make an enormous difference if they only had the courage and the integrity to do it. But they didnít have those qualities and apparently they still donít, even though the evidence is overwhelming that our Constitution has been under attack. We have all lost a great deal because of the infidelity, incompetence, negligence and/or cowardice of those who took an oath of office, (or a pledge of allegiance), and failed to keep their word. 

2.  Q. Perhaps the current candidates didnít say very much before because they felt that the best strategy for defending the Constitution was to wait until they could run for President, which is what they are doing now. Wasnít that a reasonable thing for them to do? 
A.
No. If you read my accumulated writings, beginning as early as February of 2001, you will see that there was always sufficient information available to anyone who wanted to look for itÖ evidence that George Bush, members of his administration, many others inside and outside of government, including those who sit on both sides of the isle, were betraying our trust. None of those now running did what they could have done to protect precious life and treasure. Hundreds of thousands of innocent people have been killed or betrayed in one form or another because of their infidelity. We have all been betrayed. Time was of the essence. It still is. Every day people are dying, losing their limbs and their homes, because people who took an oath fail to honor their word. 

As far as I can tell, those who are now running for office stood by in silence while lives were destroyed, justice betrayed, our treasury dismantled, and national and international crimes committed. Itís been a betrayal of the highest magnitude. They all took the same oath. Their performance while in office even as I write this, is the best evidence we have as to what kind of a President any one of them would make. 

3.  Q. Besides that one issue, what evidence is there that you are qualified to be President of the United States?  
A.
First of all, that one issue is not trivial. It is the most important issue we now face as a people: are we going to live in a Constitutional Democracy or in some other kind of regime where some people are above the law and the rest of us are subject to the arbitrary behavior of those elite few. The American people have been betrayed in more ways than I can list here. I have written extensively about this during the last six years. My writings are a matter of public record and they are available to any American who has internet access and is willing to take the time to look and read. Second, if you want to research my views and learn more about me, I suggest you visit my website at www.gpln.com

4,  Q. Are you going to pay the fees and get the signatures necessary to be put on all the state ballots come Election Day? 
A.
No. Iím not going to pay any fees and I donít have money to travel, nor am I going to ask anyone to sign anything. I will answer questions, speak publicly when invited to do so, and I will serve my country to the best of my abilityÖ as President if I am wanted, and as a citizen if I am not. 

5.  Q. Third party candidates never win.  Why should I waste my vote on you?
A. 
You have two choices, you can vote to win or you can vote to change the consciousness, knowing that you can't really win until the consciousness does change.

If you vote to win, you have to vote Democrat or Republican.  If you vote Democrat or Republican, the candidate you vote for might win, but that just perpetuates the status quo.  Feel good for a minute and then feel the disappointment, because you lose anyway.

If you're going to lose, you might as well have a purpose in mind. 

If enough people are WILLING to lose, we have a chance of winning.  But we have to be steadfast.  STEADFAST.  If Democrats knew they would lose voting for their candidate, they would eventually realize that the only way they can win is by voting for what they really want.  That would be a change in consciousness.... to vote for what you really believe in despite all the back-biting, disinformation, and money that's put into advertising and all the other BS that goes with presidential elections.  If people would only vote their conscience, we'd eventually have a government that works.

Instead of bashing Nader we should have embraced him.  After all, he would have made a better President then any of the other candidates.

As you rightly point out, the two political parties have a lock.  We won't break that lock unless we have the guts to stand up and challenge them.  But that takes individual courage and  resolve.  And people who have individual courage and resolve do not look around to see what everyone else is doing... they just do what needs to be done... they vote with integrity.  If you can't inspire people to have integrity, then you've lost.

If you stand with me, you strengthen my argument.  If you take the easy road-- the status quo--you make it more difficult than it needs to be.  Join the peace train.  Somebody has to be the first passenger.  Anyone can follow the crowd.  Change requires leadership.  Join the leadership.

The only way to win back our Democracy is to fight for it.  These folks now running the show need to be replaced.  My strategy will win if enough people can be found who have the courage and the fortitude to stand fast until they do win.  But instead of looking to see if anyone else has the courage to take the first step, decide if you do.  Everyone makes a difference.  What kind of difference will you make?

Second best doesn't work in this game... not if you want a government that works.

On God and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

6. Q.  You talk about love and all that, so how do you reconcile that with your hatred for George W. Bush and others in his administration?
A.
  I understand your question and why you might think that I hate Bush and others.  The truth is I don't hate Bush or anyone else.  There are a lot of people who have personalities similar to Bush... people who have attitudes that I would call despotic.  They "know" they are right and believe that whatever ends they think are desirable justifies whatever means they might use to achieve those ends.  In the normal course of events in every day life, people with those attitudes learn from their mistakes.  Life has a way of  holding up a mirror to them, where, if they are lucky, they learn to outgrow their moral and intellectual immaturity and eventually learn to participate as responsible citizens in society.  Within reason it is appropriate to tolerate the behavior of such persons as they mature as long as others aren't hurt by them.

The problem is when someone like Bush is put in high office where his attitudes can be implemented in such a way that they can literally destroy the lives of millions of people; the damage can be irreparable and the effects can persist for generations.  It is irresponsible, unconscionable, and intolerable for more mature citizens to allow people with that much undeserved power to run amok like that.   We have systems in place that can stop them (e.g., impeachment) but we're not using them.

The great failure is ours... as a society and as individuals... we should know better, and yet tragically we remain silent and ineffectual, allowing behavior like his to persist. 

Tolerance is a laudable trait, but to tolerate deviant criminal behavior is not a laudable trait.  It is a sign that our society is in decline and in great danger.  The fact that Bush was able to rise to power means that there is something very wrong in our society, a problem that goes much deeper than the personality of just one man or a few of his close associates.