L and L’s Challenge to Political Candidates

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Pat Paulsen for President

L and L’s Challenge to Political Candidates

“There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution.”

– John Adams, The Works Of John Adams, Second President Of The United States

When Aristotle wrote of politics (ta politika) he was referring to all the “affairs of state,” from a philosophical perspective, not just the business of power brokering as has become the fashion today. A few years back, our dictionaries defined politics as: “…the activities associated with governance of a country or other area, especially the debate or conflict among individuals or parties having or hoping to achieve power.” Today, there is a defined distinction between “the science” and/or “art” of political government.

We see that idioms are now creeping into our national vocabulary, and we have refined this noble concept of one “acting to serve the greater good” to include accepted modern offshoots such as “dirty politics” or merely “playing politics.”

We at L and L Magazine take our journalistic responsibility of “presenting the truth” seriously, yet we are also aware of the power of words to be used to entertain (hence the new world of infotainment). Hopefully, whether presenting fact or opinion, entertainment or straight journalism we make it clear in each piece which goal we’re trying to accomplish.

We offer political candidates of major parties, and celebrities who we feel are worthy of public scrutiny, the opportunity to be interviewed by our staff.  Many of those interviews appear on other pages in this magazine. This page is reserved for politics, and while we’d love to have major candidates answer questions, which are of interest to our readers, so far no major candidate has expressed an interest in accepting that offer.

Since Mike Marino has declared himself (albeit tongue in cheek) a candidate for president of the United States (much the same as his comedic predecessor Pat Paulson), we decided to ask him the exact kinds of questions we would ask of any person running for that office. Below is our first interview with a declared candidate for president of the United States…We hope you are both informed AND (in this case) especially entertained.

Gordon Richiusa is an Italian American who has been a martial artist for some 50 years. He teaches the Five Bird System. Gordon earned a Master of Arts degree in English and has written numerous articles, stories, books and scripts under his own name and his pen-name, Gordon Rich. He has been a teacher of English Composition, Film as Literature, Creative Writing, and Scriptwriting and He holds two teaching credentials.

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