A few months back, I wrote a bit about presidential candidate Frank Moore and some of his platform. Oddly enough, Frank responded to the piece in the comments section as well as on his personal site, and had this to say:
“ah, i do love liberals! i get, when i look under your veneer of cynicism, that you basically like my platform. yep, my resume, while all true, is embarrassing in its bulk. it just tells you i'm a do-er, that i know how to get things done. i agree that most of my platform is now politically impossible, although relatively simple to do. it is important to ask why this is so. the first step to make what we want possible is to remove deadening cynicism. that is what my campaign is all about. cynicism isn't really skeptism, critical, or realistic. it just sucks hope and possibilties out of any situation.
define "welfare," please.
Since I wouldn’t dare avoid a request from a presidential candidate, here is my response.
Hello Frank, I appreciate you following up on my piece. I was actually rather surprised to see your comment; you are the first presidential candidate to do so!
As for ‘welfare’, I generally define it as “the provision of welfare services by the state.” That is a bit vague, and I am sure I could come up with a longer more accurate description, but that will probably be fine for the point of this discussion.
I commend you for attempting to remove some of the cynicism from politics; if the last few months of campaigning have shown anything, it is that most American’s are looking for a candidate that is optimistic about the future.
But as for me, I will remain skeptical and sarcastic. I find those dispositions to be the best ammunition available to me in these rather amusing times. It takes all kinds in this world, and while I respect positive visions and hope, our discourse requires those who look at those willing to march us towards “a brighter day” and chuckle a bit.
And to be honest, I don’t think your platform is as bizarre as some of your Third Party contemporaries (and I thought I sounded pretty sympathetic in my piece).
I wish you the best of luck during this grueling campaign season, and I will be checking up on your campaign to see how things are progressing.