After finishing up at the Green Party Convention, we decided to do a “Keystone State Tour” through Pennsylvania. In Lewistown, my son Joseph and I played basketball on a Sunday afternoon with a group of high school students. They were, by far, some of the most respectful, well mannered youth we’ve come across in the country. I have often talked about the degree of civility in general (and youth respect for adults in specifics) that we’ve lost in this country. The next day I told reporter that, not only have we lost civility, but we’ve lost a good deal of common sense. Fr. Bateman at Sacred Heart Church here has a bumper sticker that shows a little unborn baby in the womb with the words: “At 24 days the heart starts beating.” To think this is anything other than a small human being is, well, so tremendously devoid of common sense. I also said that in the face of global warming, I looked at the environment as a Pro-Life issue as well. “No environment, no life,” I said… In Dubois, Pennsylvania, I told ABC News that Liz and I are running as “concerned parents” who want to make sure there is an environment (read: world) left for our children. What sane parent wouldn’t? The next day during a whistle-stop event in downtown Dubois, I told a reporter from the Courier-Express newspaper that we must cut back on our fossil fuel use exponentially (read: sacrifice) and in tandem increase exponentially our use of solar, wind, geothermal and other forms of clean, renewable energy.