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What should be the issues of the 2008 election?

Question: What should be the issues of the 2008 election?

D. Quinn Mills: Well, the most important issue is the one we just talked about, because we are so mishandling it at this point time and that is what America’s proper role in the world. The second big issue I think is that this society is not improving. One of the things we've lost some how in United States, which the Puritans brought to us in the beginning, was the notion that individual human beings and societies, whether large or small, should always be trying to improve themselves. They should be trying to learn more, they should be trying to improve their character, their service, their all kinds of. We kind of have lost that notion, so that self-improvement is become a joke or it means something like losing some weight and we have as in we focused instead on happiness and pleasure and enjoying in life. I think that is very serious conflict, we ought to talk about that, those I think, now there are issues, there is the health care and financing problem that we have in United States. There is going to be an economic problem that is coming up. There are those kind of issues, but the really big ones, are the ones that are what are we about. What are we about in the world and what are we about at home?

Recorded on: 9/27/07

We need to recapture the spirit of individuality, says Mills.

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