Lane Rapp in 2012

Ask me anything   38 year-old fitness advocate and entrepreneur with a wise eye toward tech and a bold voice for future governance. I'm running for United States President via a very differently styled campaign. I'm not accepting contributions as one example - money is corrupting government.

I'm for strong local communities and believe that the city and county level of government, especially as the internet drives engagement, should respond most vigorously to meeting citizen needs. Maybe our gerrymandered congressional districts could eventually represent larger areas serving the governed well, but I predict both state and federal governments will play much less active roles over time. Go Local, Go Republican. The strength of our nation and your neighborhood depends on it. Future generations depend on you.

Care and Culture rights

In last night’s Quora answer I edited out my strong belief that health care is not a right. Even if a statement is simple, if it is also inflammatory it invites confusion. I didn’t want to distract from my goal of describing the moral problem of the poorly designed market. Access is a right, but payment to subsidize indulgent provision and use of it isn’t. 

The same might be said for cultural arts. Society would deteriorate if we only had access to the arts created purely from profit motivated minds. Luckily, we are graced both by artists and medical care performers who creatively find ways to practice their art in financially prudent ways. 

I haven’t acquired any taste for opera yet, but thankfully we can get the story of culture presented in many flavors and fashions. Other versions of lyric, music, and dramatic theater are quickly becoming more abundant in formats on and offline for those willing to seek them out and support their non-traditional revenue models. They will continue to flourish as more people figure out they can support their habits and make hobbies pay while avoiding ‘golden handcuffs’ of traditional versions of successful careerism.

As these formats become easier to find and share, many will also grow entertaining enough to have broader and broader appeal. This will save society from the savage Coliseums or various versions of future hunger games.

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Cultural performers learned to be thrifty a long time ago - this article from The New York Times feels a bit stale, but the quote below, coming from a seeming cultural org. caveman, was too preciously quaint not to forward.

“Culture is a basic need,” said Andreas Stadler, director of the Austrian Cultural Forum in New York and president of the New York branch of the European Union National Institutes for Culture. “People should have the right to go to the opera.”

— 2 years ago
#health care 
Politician sends receipts for reimbursement twice →

Joe Driver is guilty of abusing lax ethical standards in serving Texas legislature. He reimbursed himself for hotels and travel both through his campaign funds and through the taxpayers who pay to operate his office.

Pleading guilty to this third degree felony he will not ‘retire in disgrace’, but will serve out his term. He’ll be eligible for $57,000 in pension per year. Can taxpayers in Texas disqualify those convicted of a felony from this rich benefit? I’ve met many on the campaign trail who say they can’t even vote due to a felony, but Texas will pay this loser $57,000 each year.

— 2 years ago

I’m posting more to http://lanerapp.com to better focus on coming out if the shadows of this apoliti.co brand.

Happy to transition it to something else. Message me your ideas.

I can continue posting occassional pictures of nice apolitical things I see as I campaign. Because of the Android auto upload I post a lot more photos through my google+ profile.

— 2 years ago
Come on in. It’s getting snowy out.

Come on in. It’s getting snowy out.

— 2 years ago
Congress polls lower than Communism →

The commenters in this linked radio piece say those in Congress are ready to improve their public approval scores. I suggest enacting term limits immediately. Action toward building a citizen, not a careerist’s, legislature is second only to campaign finance reform to make us trust your motives again. Thirdly, you could take away those rich retirement benefits you seem to think you deserve. In short, prove to us you are not serving to get on the gravy train. Congress reminds me of those who hang with the Occupy movement not for the work of protest, but for easy benefits of the camaraderie.

Congress, today, is not much more than comrades in charge selfishly enriching themselves while letting everyone else brave the free markets. These clubby cornballs must repent their mere careerism. Term limits and realistic campaign finance will restore public service.

— 2 years ago
Winter brings color. I’ll be campaigning with this card in downtown Minneapolis today. Look for my hat.

Winter brings color. I’ll be campaigning with this card in downtown Minneapolis today. Look for my hat.

— 2 years ago with 26 notes
#campaign  #president 
Snowplow and garden seat icing. Most of the people I’ve talked to in Iowa agree that the nomination and campaign season has gotten too long. Their surprisingly unopposed to an internet nomination process like the one suggested by http://americanselect.org

Snowplow and garden seat icing. Most of the people I’ve talked to in Iowa agree that the nomination and campaign season has gotten too long. Their surprisingly unopposed to an internet nomination process like the one suggested by http://americanselect.org

— 2 years ago with 8 notes
#snow  #Iowa  #republic  #republicans 
candid photo after climbing the sledding hill in the Clinton Presidential Park

candid photo after climbing the sledding hill in the Clinton Presidential Park

— 2 years ago
#me