The Salem News in Ohio did a front page story about our campaign last week. The story noted that I believe [in the short term] that it would be good for our country to go beyond Recession and actually slide into a: Depression. (Whew… there goes a few votes, huh.) In reading about the Great Depression in the 1930s, I learned that many people moved out of urban centers to rural settings. They moved in with relatives, friends, etc., there to be closer to food sources. As a result, these urbanites reconnected with the land, learned to live simply, and generally shared on a considerably heightenned level with their neighbors… So, do we want to continue to be ‘consumed alive’ in our current culture; or would it be better to shift to a much more centered, simple and sharing culture? And while I’m sure many would want to choose the latter, I don’t think many of us can get from here to there — without a crash. Just like alcoholics often have to hit “bottoms” before they truly decide to change their lives.