Note: Three powerful men got
together and wrote a letter to the United
States candidates (at that time) to voice
their opinion on the issues they felt
important. Read it here and let us know
what you think on the GeoBoards.
United States of America
Russell Simmons, Deepak Chopra, and Dr.
January 17, 2008
Dear Presidential Candidate:
Millions of people across America and
throughout the world are eager to hear
and learn how you propose to provide effective
leadership as the next President of the
United States on the issues of overcoming
poverty, addressing global warming and
protecting the environment, promoting
sustainable economic development, and
striving to establish world peace. We
have six specific questions for you to
We know that you are aware we are living
in a remarkable moment in human history
when the vast masses of people on every
continent are crying out for a higher
standard and better quality of life.
The rising consciousness of a growing
critical mass of people at the grassroots
level is being manifested in the unifying
spirit of millions who are praying, demanding,
seeking, struggling and working for a
real, positive and redemptive change in
their own lives and communities. There
are millions who are making it abundantly
clear that when given the opportunity
to participate in the voting process,
they will express their political and
spiritual will as independent, young,
new and conscious voters.
(1.) How do you view the importance
of being open to welcome and to encourage
a more inclusive political dialogue with
those who may be at the margins of the
political establishment or with those
who may be at the distant edges of the
perceived rigidity of the mainstream political
We are in solidarity with all
people without distinction as to gender,
race, ethnicity, class, religion, lifestyle
or orientation. We believe in the oneness
of God and the oneness of humanity. Diversity
is a blessing from the Creator.
(2.) How do you view the importance
of diversity in our representative, constitutional
The United Nations has reported that if
our government and other governments do
not change their respective policies on
how to protect, nurture and respect the
sacred balance and equilibrium of the
environment, the catastrophic consequences
of global warming will become a certain
destructive inevitability for future generations.
(3.) How will you use the office
of President of the United States to work
with the United Nations and other bodies
to respond to the issue of global warming
and to protect, nurture and respect the
The latest statistical 2007 report from
the U.S. Census Bureau on Income, Poverty
and Health Insurance Coverage in the United
States documents the persistence of poverty,
income disparities and inadequate health
insurance coverage for millions of people.
They are suffering from the consequences
of the lack of effective governmental
leadership on the issue of poverty.
(4.) Specifically, what is your
plan of action to eliminate poverty in
The 2008 U.S. Presidential Election
is one of the most important elections
in our lifetime. Calls for a real change
in leadership, direction, public policy
and governmental action are growing daily.
The election results from the Iowa Caucuses
and the New Hampshire Primary reveal the
core of concern not only for the need
for change domestically, but there is
also a growing transformation in the conscience
of Americans concerning the issues of
war and peace. The war in Iraq should
be brought to an end as soon as possible.
(5.) What do you intend to do
to end the war in Iraq?
Most recently, some have unadvisedly
attempted to interject the race card into
the Presidential campaign. There are many
in the political sphere from time to time
that make a reference to the dream and
legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. One
of the important characteristics today
about the growing awareness and participation
of the "hip-hop generation"
of young voters is their transcendent
state of mind on the issue of race. In
fact, Dr. King believed in "the beloved
community" where all human beings
are treated equally with mutual respect,
justice and love.
(6.) As President of the United
States, how will you exemplify leadership
domestically and internationally toward
the fulfillment of "the beloved community"?
We would like to receive your
timely responses to our open letter and
the six questions highlighted. Your answers
will be shared unedited with millions
of people via the media: print, television,
radio and the Internet throughout the
world. We will also directly transmit
your answers to our mail and e-mail lists,
websites, constituencies and demographic
of people and communities that desire
to make informed decisions and to make
a positive difference in the outcome of
the election of the next President of
the United States.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
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