9 for ’08 Series- Steve Adams


Welcome to Mango Ice Cream’s third installment of the “9 for ’08 series.” As we all know, the political scenery has been and is still dominated by two major parties. A great number of highly qualified candidates go completely unnoticed, year to year, election to election, simply because they fly under this Republican vs. Democrat radar.

The goal of this series is to present interviews with a selection of those candidates- you can read it to either (a) expand your knowledge about American political issues even if you’re already a supporter of another party or candidate, or (b) seriously consider voting for the interviewee if his/her views match your own.

Without further ado, here’s the third installment- Independent candidate Steve Adams (See the archive here.)

MangoIceCream: Please very briefly summarize your platform for those readers unacquainted with your campaign.

Steve Adams: My platform is that of common sense in the face of the absurd. I offer a return of the government of the people, by the people, for the people. I offer to be a president that better represents you because I am one of you and not a lifelong politician, bought and put into power by special interests. I will be elected by the people alone, and not because I bought the White House by raising the most money. For stances on individual issues, you can click the ISSUES link on www.PresidentAdams.com.

MangoIceCream: Independent candidates of the past have generally found it difficult to get as much exposure as Democrat or Republican ones; has this been the case for you? Beyond traditional media- such as television, etc- how have you been trying to reach out to a larger demographic?

Steve Adams: Yes, obviously the media is more interested in the front running candidates as they leave their jobs behind in Washington and tour the country looking for support and money for the primaries. Their mudslinging and onset of scandals make good news. I have had a few forays into TV and radio, but the majority of my campaign information has been communicated through the internet. My web site, social networking sites, video sharing sites, political blogs, and e-mail have brought my name to the country in ways that were unheard of in past years.

MangoIceCream: While you are an independent, are there any parties you identify with more than others?

Steve Adams: While I find certain aspects of several parties attractive, none encompass my whole point of view or stances on the issues. I most closely fall in line with the Republican party, at least as they should be, and perhaps once were; one that was fiscally conservative and small government focused.

MangoIceCream: One common thought process runs like this: “I support ‘so and so’s independent candidacy, but if I vote for him I’ll be “wasting” my vote since he won’t win anyway.” What do you say to people who think along those lines?

Steve Adams: It is a valid concern. But the support my campaign has can be easily measured. I ask people to register their support on the front page of www.PresidentAdams.com. I have hundreds of supporters in over 40 states. If that has not turned to the hundreds of thousands and then millions that it needs to be by election day, people will know not to “throw away” their vote. Make no mistake, I am in this race to win. I am not here to finish second, to be a spoiler, to educate the people on the inequities of the political system, or to prove a point. While those are all positive outcomes, for me, I will become President of the United States or I will have failed.

MangoIceCream: What are your thoughts on the current civil liberties state of America and what, if anything, would you do it change it?

Steve Adams: People discuss the term “civil liberties” with varying definitions. I believe that civil liberties are those granted by the Bill of Rights. Those include civil liberties of religion, speech, press, assembly, petition of the government, bearing arms, probable cause, and due process among others. Article IX points out that there may be other liberties, but they are not specifically spelled out. As long as people do not take advantage of claiming “civil liberties” to obtain entitlements and focus their thinking on, “what does the government owe me?”, or, “what can the government do for me?”, then I think we are fine. There is still bias and discrimination in our country and they are and will be dealt with by law where applicable. But our federal government cannot be responsible for changing attitudes or dictating morality.

MangoIceCream: You have emphasized that though you don’t have a “political” resume, you do have 20 years of business experience. Is one better than the other, or are they equivalent?

Steve Adams: My business resume is far superior. I have been trained for and have years of experience to solve problems. I identify problems, discuss options, and pick the best solution. Washington is full of problem, but not problem solvers. Political experience teaches politicians to stay in power at all costs. It is their job security. If they do not toe the party line, they fear losing party majority, key seats on committees, or are tossed aside by their own party for not staying in step.

MangoIceCream: What do you see as the three most important issues of the 2008 race, and what are your stances on them?

Steve Adams: Number one must be fiscal responsibility. If we do not stop the spiral of deficit spending and increasing the national debt, we will soon be unable to do anything for our country, much less the world. A balanced budget and a federal government that is reduced in size must be the first priority.

Number two is the war in Iraq. We must stop the polarizing talk of “victory” vs. “cut and run”. Our military is the finest on earth and they have done everything we have asked them to. They must be allowed to perform their duties without restrictions. I’m not talking about encouraging abuse of any kind, but removing the politically motivated rules of engagement, and the babysitting and scrutiny by the media which hampers their duties. Find out the real story without the government’s and the media’s spin; finish the job; and bring them home ASAP.

Number three is national security. This is a combination of our overall war on terrorism, our worldwide military posture, and protecting our borders. We must strike hard and fast at targets when they present themselves, but also increase our defensive capabilities. That ranges from prevention of terrorism to first responders to military placement around the world. This includes guarding our borders as if we were at war, which we are whether we like it or not. It is not a war of our choosing, but we also cannot simply choose to not participate.

MangoIceCream: Please describe your personal character in 3 words.

Steve Adams: Logical, passionate, trustworthy

MangoIceCream: Please describe your campaign in 3 words.

Steve Adams: Unique, inventive, grassroots


8 Responses to “9 for ’08 Series- Steve Adams”

  1. 1 texasranger

    Mr. Adams, I still dont get how you say a business resume is better than a political one. Arent there some things you just wont know how to do, if in office?

  2. 2 Anonymous

    Yeah, gotta agree with texasranger. What;s your stance on Kyoto ratification?

  3. Texasranger,
    A business resume of fixing problems makes me a better problem solver than someone with a political resume of deal making, posturing, and arguing. We have such leaders now and progress is nowhere to be found while approval ratings for the president and congress are exceptionally low.
    Are there things I don’t know? Of course. But no one who reaches the oval office knows exactly how to do what they must. School and college teach you to think, not to do the job you are hired to do. They teach you the critical skills you will need to survive. There is no school for the presidency. I will be forced to learn on the job just like any senator, mayor, or governor …or actor, farmer, haberdasher, etc. that we have had in the White House before.

  4. Anonymous,

    I see the Kyoto treaty as a token agreement that holds little value. Even its opponents see that it will cause little change, but is a statement of hope for future change. It is also important to note that some countries signed the treaty, but are not bound by it.
    – China and India are huge polluters, but not affected by Kyoto since their pollution is “new.” China builds a new coal burning plant every three days. The US hasn’t built one in 17 years.
    – Germany signed the treaty, but exempted all coal industries from regulation. What’s the point?
    – Canada signed the treaty, but said they can’t hit their targets. A new government in place since Kyoto was signed has less interest in sticking with the treaty.

    I believe we must move our sources of energy to domestic first and alternative second. Both ASAP. Kyoto is not required to do either.


  5. 5 H. Gibbs

    Mr. Adams,

    You say that you want to “move to sources of domestic energy first.” Would this engender offshore oil drilling, in say Alaska, for example? And kind of unrelated… what’s your take on Al Gore’s recent documentary.

    H. Gibbs

  6. Mr. Gibbs,

    I would not hinder drilling offshore or in Alaska. I realize we have precious land and sea resources to protect, but that must be done in balance with national security interests. We must realize that people that hate us control our vital oil supply. Until we can wean ourselves out of their hands, we must pursue every domestic source we have available. As science and technology push forward with alternatives, those will become cheaper as well and more environmentally friendly.

    I have not seen Al Gore’s documentary. While I appreciate his passion, I do not recognize his authority in the field of science. While the scientific community debates and theorizes, I do not believe a solid consensus has been reached.


  7. 7 Anonymous

    Even though kyoto ratification may not mean much practically, dont you agree it sends a messge to the rest of the world that Americans are willing to pursue multilateralism/willing to working with other nations?

  8. You make a valid point. It may indeed send a message. But I prefer action and plans to fix things that are broken, rather than token messages. It is similar to a non-binding resolution from Congress. I’d rather them work on a real problem than spend days or weeks doing nothing.


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