It's time again to answer questions from you, my vigilant fans! Got a question for the Governor? Sound off at Ora.tv/OffTheGrid.
David Nester form Long Beach asks: How do we put an end or outlaw lobbyists?
Great question, difficult answer!
We would have to get the money out of politics. Our Supreme Court has stated that money is a right of free speech. So the first thing we’ve got to do is pass a constitutional amendment that declares money is not speech. It’s the only way we could overrule the Supreme Court. That’s the first step.
David Soggen from Oregon writes: Jesse, I really admire you and your honesty and your careers.I've watched you on many videos and can say I agree with you 99%. But my conservative MN parents can't stand you because of your comment that religion is a crutch for weak people.I laughed about it, but later thought it would be better if my parents liked you. My question is, Why be so outspoken on religion?Why antagonize people, to what end?Isn't it the same as them proselytizing about their brand of Invisible Man in the Sky?The Buddha said, "Don't flaunt your religion."I believe in George Carlin's 11th Commandment, "Keep thy religion to thy self." Should that apply to Atheism too?
Probably. But I think it’s time for atheists to come out of the closet. We shouldn’t have to hide the fact that we are atheists.
As far as my quote, you have to remember the context in which that was given. It was a Playboy interview and later in that interview I explain that if you have strong spiritual conviction, you don’t need a bunch of people to reinsure you. That’s why I said what I said. If the spirit inside of you is strong, you don’t need a bunch of people to validate that.
Malcolm from Maryland asks: Do you think campaign finance amounts should be posted on the ballot next to the candidates’ name? If so, do you think people would vote for the candidate who raised the most money or least?
I think people would probably vote for the candidate that raised the least money but they’ll never but that on a ballot. I think they should treat the candidates like racecar drivers. They should wear suits with patches representing their largest donors. That way we know who owns them.
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