Richmond Times-Dispatch questionnaire for House
October 10, 2013
|Name: Robert S. (Brown-)Barnett
Birthday: February 1, 1950
Residence: 3600 Anne Street (since late 1970's)
|What makes you the best
I no longer have a vision (RTD1982) but have progressed to a whole plan with a roadmap to benefit the residents of my district by also benefitting all residents beyond my district. The roadmap is old--Dallas Morning News 1992. My legacy of quietly researching what is wrong and how to right the wrongs in education, economics and politics is Timism--Book Listing from 1970's-80's.
In 1982, I wrote three insightful essays with ramifications that rumble louder with each passing moment.
Of the incumbent's headlights: How bright do they shine ahead of us to forewarn, to forearm and to lead us? Or, are they dimly lit to pass unnoticed in the night ... if not driving in reverse?
I have survived failure (fire and bankruptcy) without quitting. Why? From those to whom much is given, much is expected. When I realized I had been lucky at age 25, I asked my five life mentors how I could repay them. All responded, to wit, "Pass it on." Has the incumbent led a profitable life in sharing 50/50 between helping self and helping others?
Lucky me? Out of eight kids, only three finished high school and only I graduated from college. Luck because I am not the smartest one of the litter. Only those who have been hungry can formulate policies to truly help the hungry. Help that does not help the helpless to help themselves is not help. The road to hell is paved with good intentions from bad values.
To solve a problem, it is not enough to complain and beetch. Four steps at 100% each are needed: Define, prescribe, organize and motivate. I have achieved the first two sufficiently to warrant sweat to pursue the latter two. The steps are not predicated on me but on an internet program and reward system to let people self-organize and self-motivate--brainbees and lifehours. If we are to have the best government of the least government it will come from better self-government. Based on unsolicited feedback I am a great renaissance problem-solver with simple solutions worthy of having been repeatedly called "DIB's"--Deserted Island Bob. With timism, one has acupuncture morality to solve more problems.
I am a better candidate because of the planks in my platform ... nailed and glued down from years of thought and sweat which will withstand political bribes and corruption. I validate myself not by currying the favors and flattery of others but by embracing the ugly truths of life that destroy beautiful lies of self.
I can do all the things the incumbent does. In addition, I have many simple ways to lower the cost of living for all Americans thus for the district citizens. Without prompting and from out of the blue, three people independently in different states in different decades said they were going to call me "DIBs" because I was a great problem-solver: Deserted Island Bob. One person who became familiar with my body of work (summarized in Timism: The Morality of More Time, aka, the Periodic Table of Existence) said in a question, "What are you doing on this planet?" (Check out why the speed of light is predicated on the rotational speed of the basic particle of existence.)
What I offer is a safer, saner future for all Americans by using the cache of holding public office to garner more attention for better democracy and better capitalism. If you know of someone with a higher iCube (integrity of intellect and intelligence), let me know. I would like to meet them. That is what I offer: an integrated plan that does not require teleprompters (aka teleliars) to falsely convey that I am knowledgable on the subject. With an integrated plan and personality, one's solutions have less collateral damage and fewer devils in the details. I am a better candidate, in part, because I don't need any person to validate my existence. Au contraire.
Gov. Bob McDonnell has cemented his legacy with the passing of his transportation package. Do you support this legislation and why/why not? If youre an incumbent, please explain the reasoning behind your vote. To reverse global warming, we need to encourage mass transit rather than facilitate more CO2 sinning by individual transportation.
Worse than our living beyond our financial means is living beyond our energy means. Instead of growing the economy and subsidizing foolish fuelism, we need to slow the economy by changing our workstyles and lifestyle. McDonnell's plan is like giving an alcoholic the keys to the liqour store.
What are the major issues that the General Assembly will have to deal with in the next two years? And what are the most pressing issues in your district? In all regards, everywhere from local to global, is the accelerating pace of climate change. The costs are escalating in larger national disasters which the US does not have the dollars to manage. Dollars will be absconded from other budgets causing those problem-solving system to further fail at a faster pace. As said earlier, we are in an accelerating existential meltdown which requires a "victory" plan as I have spent years researching and constructing--see Whole Plan and Manheaven Project.
The victory plan requires recognizing the realities that habitual politicians have igknowed for decadesm, why they engaged in monetary colonialism.
In light of the Star Scientific scandal, does Virginia need tougher ethics laws and if yes, what reforms do you propose? The State Election Board has "Comet" which allows quick, simple entry of campaign transactions. With all the iPuds and Smartphones, politicians should be able to instantaneously enter actions and transactions.
Where do you stand on school choice and do you believe that private schools and home schooled children should receive equal funding as public education? Separate but equal was never good. We cannot have the benefits of democracy if we pursue the benefits of despotism for a fewer few under selfish, short-term greed. The road to hell is paved with the good intentions of bad values. Increasingly, our two-tier education system will look like the difference between the North and South in the 1850's where education was encouraged in the North while plantation-owners had home schooling while slaves' and crackers' education was religious training that said better days were ahead after they suffered and died. Deja vu? The U.S. cannot compete on the world market with a fifth-rate education system. Home schooling, charter schools and private schools discriminate against kids who have unmotivated parents. Unfortunately, like the politicians who no longer govern, teachers no longer educate. We are in a mess which is the existential meltdown: education, politics, pensions, jobs, climate change, etc. All are based on igknowance, that is, people wanting something-for-nothing. Igknowance is bliss until the igknowed problems blitz your happiness.
Should Virginia do away with its constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman? I do not care what one does in one's bedroom as long as one can take "No" for answer and one leaves children alone. I do not care if two people call themselves married, monarchs or morons. If a human relationship contributes to rather than distracts from our over-all problem-solving, I do not object. With a divorce rate of over 50% among heteros and headlines screaming spouse abuse, child abuse, and family violence, hetero marriage does not really have a moral platform from which to pontificate on homos, gays, or whatever the flavor of the week. Furthermore, I would defend a person or persons targeted for denial or discrimination because of some attribute that does not harm others. I remember too well the abuse of others demeaning my speech impediment "da little wed wabbit went wunning across da wailwoad twack" as I carried my shoeshining box to make ends meet. My yardstick in evaluating others is judging them on the "content of the character" as it affects all life rather than the "color of their clothes or flags." Yes, the amendment should be shredded upon the dustbins of history. Religious nuts like KooKoo Nelly have been behind the vast majority of civil strife and wars, both past and present.
Please give us a phone number where we can reach you on election night. I go to bed early so as to rise long before sunrise which I enjoy watching while they last.
Please respond to each question in detail, but no longer than two or three paragraphs each. Please email the questionnaire and a high resolution color photo in jpg format back to me by Thursday, October 10th, at noon. I have no picture that is simply not worthy of a dartboard or rat repellant. As I take no pride in my brighter brain nor do I take shame in my uglier face. It is what it is. People being people will transfer a negative photo reaction to timism. (My wife said I should send one so I did.)
In summary, I don't know everything, and I don't know how to save the world. However, based on my high iCube (integrity of intellect and intelligence) and long-standing research into climate change (since 1982) and how to reverse it, I am a bright full-harvest moon among the Al Gore shooting stars that flame up and flame out. Luckily, I am old with less and less interest in whether humanity wakes up as it blindly careens toward a cliff of self-destruction. I find myself increasingly like Mother Nature who does not care at all about humans. We are in an existential meltdown running out of time. America is becoming a failed state (WashPost2011 1st Place SOTU contest). Running for office to share what I know is merely hedging my bet that I might live too long.
For better or worse as a candidate, I am a good concluder which is better than being an opinionator. Unfortunately for humanity, I am a pro-atheist agnostic. This immediately precludes anything I say or do to be of value in the minds of 75% of Americans. The silent majority's unsharable emotional gut reactions trump all shared reason, logic and facts. "Better dead than red "has become "Better dead than godless." Unfortunately for humanity, I have a speech impediment which is usually categorized as sounding like a sex pervert (whatever that is!)--I am pre-judged by the croaking of my voice rather than the content of my character.
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