I heard most of Pierce Morgan´s CNN (in Brazil) interview of Jesse Ventura, an American politician and actor, a US Navy Underwater Demolition Team veteran, retired professional wrestler, radio and television talk show host, and teacher, who became the 38th Governor of Minnesota, and was very favorably impressed with Jesse so looked up some of his quotes: I believe in the separation of church and state... We all have our own religious beliefs. I´m an atheist. I live by the golden rule: Treat others as you'd want them to treat you. The religious right wants to tell people how to live. I speak my mind. If it offends some people, well, there's not much I can do about that. But I'm going to be honest. There is much more to being a patriot and a citizen than reciting the pledge or raising a flag. Patriotism is voluntary... A patriot shows their patriotism through their actions, by their choice... No law will make a citizen a patriot. (Said when explaining his veto of law requiring public school students to recite the Pledge of Allegiance at least once a week - 22 May 2002) There's a great need in our government right now for honesty. ... I call it like I see it; I tell the truth. And if I don't know something, I'll say so. Then I'll try to find the answer. I'm not a Democrat. I'm not a Republican. I'm a working man with commonsense ideas and goals. I describe myself politically as fiscally conservative and socially moderate-to-liberal. Government's role should be only to keep the playing field level, and to work hand in hand with business on issues such as employment. But beyond this, to as great an extent as possible, it should get the hell out of the way. We shouldn't be wasting so much time and so many resources on prosecuting consensual crimes such as prostitution and drug possession. I hold drug possession and drug dealing as two totally different concepts. I don't support abortion. But I think it would be a mistake to make them illegal again. I'm not knocking private schools, but I owe it to my kids to let them grow up in a place where private school isn't required. They're only in school 6-8 hours a day; they have to live in their neighborhood 24 hours a day. I didn't want them growing up in a place where anybody with the means had abandoned their public schools. I view the traditional two parties as in some ways very evil. They've become monsters that are out of control. All quotes above are from: http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Jesse_Ventura Jesse was on Pierce´s show in part because of his new book called “Democripts and Republoods” I had to look them up: The Crips are one of the largest and most violent street gangs in the United States. The gang uses the color blue in their clothing. Crips have an intense and bitter rivalry with the Bloods . (Which I assume have red as their color. If so that is a clever title, expressing Jesse´s low opinion of the two party system. He is an independent.) Pierce asked Jesse if he would like to be President? (this November, implied.) Jesse replied: “You could not pay me to be president. The country will collapse Bush so badly messed it up, but the short attention span public can only remember back a year so next President will get the blame.” After hearing that, and all the wise, honest things Jesse said earlier, I became a fervent supporter Jesse. If any one can put the country back up on its feet after GWB´s depression, it is Jesse Ventura, a smart, college drop out (one year only), a man of the people* who reminded me a little of Truman, except for the great physical differences. Perhaps Jesse´s best quote from the show (one I had not heard before) was: “When the power of love is greater than the love of power, then there can be peace.” Jesse is for closing almost all foreign military bases, bringing the troops home, except for a US Embassy guards and ending foreign aid as the US is “broke” and not the world’s policeman. As he put it in analogy, if you’ r in debt, the bank is foreclosing on your house and you are three payment behind on your car loan, you don´t send $1000 to someone in the next state you have never even met. Then to back up his view that sending troops into lands where they are not wanted by the people, Jesse asked: “How would you feel, if Hugo Chavez bought 500 acres in Florida and stationed 10,000 troops there?” Jesse also said on Pierce´s show that US elections are bought, especially now that corporations can spend unlimited funds in support of their POV via their political action committee (PAC). He noted that rich China, via a US based Chinese corporation, could determine who the next POTUS is. *When he got out of the Navy, he had $250 and being big and strong, went into the wrestling ring to live. If you want to know Jesse´s position on 30 different “hot button” issues go here: http://www.ontheissues.org/Jesse_Ventura.htm I have not read any yet but bet I´m with Jesse on most. What do you know and think about Jesse Ventura as POTUS some day?