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I see this as a recognition that chronic lying and Soviet-style propaganda are becoming normalized in some sectors or our political landscape and that we need leaders who will speak out about this danger. I intend to do so. Even more insidiously, the polarization and dumbing down of our political discourse and reduction of complex policy issues to over-simplified binary choices has contributed to a dangerous failure of critical thinking. This failure is made far worse as our communications have become mostly mediated by our technologies, including social media, which creates an echo chamber effect that reinforces individual biases by selectively drawing attention to only that which confirms their existing beliefs. As a candidate I pledge to actively seek out the best available interdisciplinary evidence and listen to a diversity of views, and to engage in discourse with critical thinking and a willingness to be held accountable to the facts wherever they may lead.