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Note: This is a highly summarized version of the interview that Rob Kall did with Rocky Anderson of the newly formed Justice Party about two weeks ago.

"What good is a house, if you haven't got a decent planet to put it on?" --Henry David Thoreau

Those words have echoed in my head since I read them years ago. By extension I ask, "What good is a career if you have no place to practice it?" Presumably you've asked yourself similar questions. If so, this short column should be of considerable interest.

We encourage anyone interested in a brighter future to sign the petition to launch the Justice Party in their respective state, and very possibly change our future and world for the better. Note: By signing the petition linked below, you are not committing yourself to the Justice Party, merely getting that party on the ballot in your state.

Rocky Anderson, former two-term mayor of Salt Lake, was instrumental in getting this party started. He is now running for President of the United States . Please read on and draw your own conclusion.

Republicans and Democrats have allowed money to control our government for far too long. They have become one and the same for all practical purposes. The JP intends to weed out the taint of money in government, rebuild a strong middle class and a solid economy.

"People look for strong leadership more than anything, for people who speak the truth, who aren't going back and forth on issues.   This is not my campaign, but a peoples' campaign. It's not liberal or conservative, just correct. We need to do what's right, not just expedient." [Longer quotes are direct from Rocky Anderson, while the article itself is a condensation of his words and ideas.]

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All industrialized nations provide at least minimum healthcare for every citizen. We could have a less expensive system and better outcomes, but for the influence of money in medical insurance. We witness corruption in our military as well, with taxes pouring into outmoded programs and huge pork barrels. 

The JP stands for leadership that says, "Enough!" We are all diminished by irresponsible spending and lack of investment in research and development. We're failing to educate our kids for today's world.   

Whether you are Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, Green, or even apolitical, we encourage you join us and put the skids on major wrong-doing. Rocky Anderson does not want to be another player in our corrupt system; his goal is to reform the system and open the door for like-minded folks.     

Our wars of aggression have been the epitome of fiscal and moral irresponsibility, leaving an astronomical debt to future generations--meaning you and all of us. These wars devastate our ability to do the serious things that need doing. 

Interest on our national debt alone is a dreadful waste.   Our treatment of capable, qualified immigrants, who could be highly productive citizens, is deplorable. Treating corporations as people is insane.

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"I'm as fiscally conservative a person as you will ever meet. It is a lie to say we can have a sustainable economy and sound infrastructure without bringing in necessary revenues. At the same time, we must slash wasteful spending."

Substance abuse should be considered a matter of public health, not a criminal matter. Our present approach to drugs isn't working. We need to put these same resources, or a tiny fraction of them, into effective education and prevention programs.   Anderson 's restorative justice program was a huge success, turning troubled people into productive citizens. We believe in similar programs for our country. The JP is about problem solving, not retribution and punishment.  

"I set up a youth program to engage endangered kids.   This could be a model for the country in breaking the cycle of poverty. Our kids scored better than any other school in the Salt Lake District on Language Skills and Development."  

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