Walesa: We Deserve to Know Everything About Our Leaders

Sunday, 16 Feb 2014 10:28 AM

By John Bachman and Jim Meyers

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In an exclusive interview with Newsmax, former Polish President Lech Walesa discusses his work with the Lech Walesa Institute and discloses his "futuristic" plan to ensure political accountability.

Walesa founded the institute in 1996, after leaving office following an election defeat.

"I was afraid the communist regime might return, so I left a few people behind and sat tight, watching the situation closely," he says. "But the ball was already rolling and there was no stopping it.

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"By now, the institute has advanced its various programs, helping many countries, such as Cuba, for example. At the same time, we're trying to nudge the United States to go back to being the leader," he explains. "We're also trying to convince everyone that globalization can't happen without the participation of China. We're trying to finesse potential talks between America, Europe, and China, with the latter unwilling to participate so far.

"All of this involves a lot of strategizing, convincing, and planning to move matters forward. But we also work on the issues of political accountability," he says.

"So here is a futuristic idea for you. Anyone who wants to be a politician would have to have a chip implanted. Politicians' entire background, their every move, every speech, every public proposal and conviction, would all be on that chip. Also, their bank accounts, sexual indiscretions, traffic violations, you name it. All up for public viewing.

"I believe that as a voter and a taxpayer, I have the right to know all those details. So when the time for election came, we all could sit down in front of a computer, review that chip, and decide if that politician is worth our vote," he explains.

"But there also should be consequences for cheating on voters. If a politician is caught in an act, they should be punished by being banned from politics for the next 50 years. Their family, too.

"I bet you anything this would stop corruption in politics once and forever. But maybe I'm just a dreamer."

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