I Did Not Bash Our President. I Do Not Discuss Politics On-Air.
Sorry For Provoking An Angry Dialog.
First of all, I never “bashed” our President. I was astonished to just read an angry string on HSN’s Bulletin Boards accusing me, over and over again, of personally “bashing” our President. However, I do appreciate those of you who came to my defense. Although I had spent significant time with the President many years ago, I did not and would not mention him during my shows. It is not my style and not what my shows are about. My shows are a safe haven from politics – a sort of “Politics Free Zone.” For almost 30 years, my shows have been exclusively about Health and Wellness, and it now saddens me to read some angry posts claiming I bashed the President. How could my innocent comments about climate change trigger such angry posts and threats? Telling me that I am not smart enough to realize that I will now be losing half of my customers and more. Seriously? Most of the posts stated that they themselves had not even heard me bash the President, but still piled on the criticism and threats about my apparently doing so. The reason why they never heard me bash the President is because I never did and never would. Whatever my political thoughts might be, I keep them completely to myself. I love my country and no matter who occupies that office, I respect that he is the leader of our great country.
By the way, I grew up in New York and my grandfather’s first good job as a young man was working for Donald Trump’s father, Fred. My grandfather went on to have a successful career thanks to his start with our President’s father. Despite often being criticized (like any public figure), our President’s father was a very successful businessman who created countless jobs and opportunities in New York for people like my grandfather. Anyhow, placing personalities and politics aside, I simply respect the office of the President and I would not publicly criticize the occupant of that office during my shows. I am confident that anyone who actually listened to my shows knows that I did not bash the President. Just because I take a more responsible approach to the environment does not mean I am bashing the President. Of course, we are all free to disagree, but what could possibly justify these angry, threatening and divisive attacks. I am sure that our President would be impressed by our solar array, as well as my company’s environmental responsibility and our energy efficiency. Regardless of the present administration’s environmental policies and priorities, our actions are just good business that is good for our community, our country and our planet. Our President would undoubtedly appreciate and respect our actions. Again, I did not and would not bash our President, and for the past 30 years, no matter what has been going on in this crazy world of ours, and no matter what my political opinions might be, my shows never mention politics or politicians. My shows are intended to be a safe, science-based refuge from the all too crazy world we live in. It truly disappoints me to see my words interpreted as a political attack where none was intended or exists.
As I have said, for almost 30 years on television, I have not expressed my political views nor will I do so today. My specific political views have no place in my shows. My role is simply to communicate information relating to health and wellness while also responsibly manufacturing the world’s finest vitamins right here in the USA. By the way, despite the heated political campaign where every person seemed to want to share their opinion and jump into the angry political discussion, I stayed completely out of it and simply spoke about health while calling for a more civil, peaceful, and respectful dialog. I felt that no one cared about what I had to say about politics and anyhow, that’s just not my job. Although I had gotten to know both candidates personally, I might have been able to share some positive and valuable information, I chose not to, since that is not my role. I leave that to political commentators. I will stick to health, wellness, science and vitamins. As I have mentioned before, over the course of my lifetime, my politics have evolved. In fact, I am not alone in having been a Democrat, Republican and also an Independent, since I believe the man I supposedly bashed, our President, also similarly changed his political affiliations. As for me, I am not a “partisan.” I am now an Independent, so I am less about any political party and more about an intelligent investigation of each issue and the facts relating to it. As far as what my specific views might be, no one will ever know, since I will keep them to myself. My political opinions are not relevant to my job of making vitamins or providing reliable information about health and wellness. Serious science and compassionate common sense are the pillars upon which my shows are built. Not politics. My politics are not part of my broadcasts nor should it be relevant to anyone who might watch my shows or use my products. My shows are intended to contain NO political content. They are devoted to a discussion of a healthier path through life. In thinking about this today, I wondered if the reason folks thought I was making a political statement is because our world is now so highly politically charged that we both expect and are accustomed to seeing, hearing and finding politics everywhere. As a result, we start to hear it and see it even where it does not exist. It has always been my intent to leave the never-ending stream of stressful political argument to the countless TV, radio and Internet networks that make it their business. I will continue to make that my focus and of course, you can always feel free to remind me if you feel I have let you down in that regard.
Again, my shows should be a safe haven from the stress of politics while providing a resource for health and wellness information. In keeping with my commitment to everyone’s health, I have always had a concurrent commitment to the health of the planet upon which we all live and whose health cannot be separated from our own. Whether we know it or not, our own health is directly linked to that of our planet. As a result, I often discuss our solar panels, which, among other responsible things we do, make my company among the most environmentally responsible companies in the world. Interestingly enough, I did not construct my first solar panels with climate change as the primary motivation. If you watched my old TV shows from 20 years ago, you would learn that I could not understand how we could be dependent on countries in the Middle East for all the costly oil our country needed to produce our energy. Making matters worse in my eyes was the fact that these countries did not particularly like us at all, yet they practically held us hostage with their control of our energy and with it, our economy. I felt that supporting energy independence was a patriotic decision, since the future of our great nation depended on it. That was the principal reason for my building my first solar array. I did not want to further contribute to our dependence on foreign oil. Plus, I happened to find myself in NYC not far from the Twin Towers during that horrific day of September 11, 2001. Those terrorist attacks served to further crystallize my view that our nation’s best interests would be served by our becoming more energy independent from OPEC. You might be surprised to note that because I viewed our country’s energy independence as such a patriotic imperative, I did not just expand my solar panels, but I also supported the development of companies and technologies that were not just creating alternative energy, but also have proven to become an integral part of America evolving into one of the world’s largest natural gas producers. In fact, one of those companies possesses technology that can turn even low grade coal into the cleanest burning natural gas. In short, I have tried to help our country to become both energy independent and environmentally responsible. Frankly, I think our President would applaud my actions.
We have only continued to expand our solar array to cover our entire parking lot and make our facility among the world’s largest facilities ALL solar-powered facilities with zero carbon footprint and no pollution from the burning of fossil fuels. We often forget that burning fossil fuels like coal, oil, gasoline or natural gas creates many other pollutants beyond simple carbon. In past decades, we were concerned about all these other pollutants and their resulting consequences, but now, we seem to be focused on something we never considered – Carbon and its resulting impact on climate change. In other words, even if you do not care about climate change, when we avoid burning fossil fuels, we are avoiding the introduction of thousands of other toxic chemicals into the environment. It is for that reason as well that I operate my solar panels. Regardless of my or anyone’s feelings on climate change, it was my personal decision to simply be a cleaner company that would have no pollution impact on our local community our country or our planet. As I said during my shows, that was my personal decision to operate more responsibly and just because our current administration may not share my priorities, does not mean that by polluting less that I am somehow bashing the President. Like each administration before them, things shift and change to foster a different political agenda, but I can still choose to operate more cleanly without any intent to criticize or bash the President.
I am confident that if our President knew what we are doing, he would have high praise for my independent actions to create a cleaner more energy efficient company without any burden to government. Perhaps as someone suggested, I should inform him or his administration of our good work. For me, it was always about operating cleaner and more responsibly with the benefit that I would not be adding any further burden to our overburdened planet. Our world is a sealed system and the waste that billions of humans create is overwhelming our planet. We are all effectively drowning in the chemical fallout, pollution and byproducts of our own activities. All I have decided to do is follow the great words of Native American Chief, Seattle: “Take Only Memories. Leave Only Footprints.” I am able to do this, so why not leave the world a cleaner and better place? Again, this has nothing to do with our President or his administration, since they now seem to acknowledge that climate change exists, but they simply prioritize its urgency differently. They can do that, but as I said in my shows, we, as Americans, have the freedom to choose to be even more protective and responsible for our planet. That is my choice and in making that choice, I am not criticizing, demeaning or bashing our President. That would be like saying if your neighbor sorts their garbage for recycling and you do not, that somehow she is bashing you by her environmental efforts. I don’t think so. We all get to make decisions that correspond to how we prioritize the interests of our Planet, our community, our family, etc. I have just chosen to be more protective of our planet and our community and again, in so doing, I am not bashing the President. I am also not bashing the President when I encourage others and emphasize the impact and importance of individual action on our environment from the small “green” decisions we as Americans are now making every day.
I would have thought that, regardless of politics, my commitment to clean, solar energy and having zero fossil fuel pollution and no carbon footprint would be admirable. It seems that instead, I was accused of bashing the President when I mentioned my personal commitment to our Planet and our being a clean company with no fossil fuel pollution or carbon footprint. I mentioned in passing that my approach might run contrary to the priorities of our current administration, but that simply means that, as individuals, if this is important to us, we can still act in the interests of our planet. Nothing bashing our President in that. We can all choose to be better citizens, litter less, and keep our neighborhood cleaner, without those actions being construed as critical of others. The world would have to be turned upside down for a more responsible person to be deemed inherently critical of those who are not as responsible, simply by choosing to act more responsibly. It makes no sense. I did not bash the President by simply saying that our government has shifted its priorities away from dealing with Climate Change, so for those of us individuals who care, then it is up to us to act as individuals to work consistently with our own priorities. It is our free choice to make. In my case, it affects no one else, except our customers who benefit from my cost-effective investment in solar energy. I think our President would consider that a very smart business decision.
Just because my priorities for the environment are different than our new administration’s, I still believe our President would praise our independent actions and not believe we are bashing him. Just as it is objectively superior to eat foods that are more pure and sanitary, and just as it is objectively superior that we not burn our trash on our lawn or throw litter in the street and leave our human waste everywhere, isn’t it also objectively superior if a company works hard to be cleaner and more responsible and create no environmental waste or fallout from its operations? Even if climate change did not exist…isn’t that positive and admirable? That is not a political question, but a very simple example of someone acting more responsibly. If I had to live next to a factory, I would choose the clean factory. Ultimately, when it comes to ProCaps Labs, it was always my decision to be the responsible citizen my parents raised me to be. To not rely on my school or my government to establish minimum standards for my conduct, but to establish even higher personal standards for me and my company. My parents convinced me that, to contribute to society, I would have to hold myself to higher standards. Those standards are what make my products unique, and it also forms the basis for our environmental responsibility and our respect for the planet and everyone who lives here. In short, it seems more important than ever for me to operate responsibly, and in so doing, I am not bashing the President. It reminds me of President Kennedy’s inspiring words from his inauguration address almost 60 years ago, “Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.” We can, if we choose, do more and that is precisely what I have chosen to do.
Lastly, with all due respect to those who might disagree, and we are all free to disagree, but just as the world is not flat, climate change is real. Climate change and our spherical earth are an undisputed, unassailable scientific fact. We might differ about urgency and degree, but the data is undeniable. For the person who discussed a geologist’s “opinion,” geology is the study of the solid, terrestrial earth and it does not really seem to fall within the purview of climate change. Climate change relates more to meteorology or even other fields such as zoology, botany, microbiology or biochemistry, etc., where we observe and study the changes that climate change is having on the existence and biochemistry of the plant and animal life on our planet. Regardless of whether you believe it exists or not, climate change only becomes political when we discuss our government’s role. I leave that to the politicians and I have always chosen to stay out of it. Ultimately, there is no denying that the world is changing in a multitude of ways as a result of the sheer “mass” of the billions of humans and the waste we create. It would be naïve to think that this enclosed, sealed system we call Earth (effectively just a large terrarium) can absorb the trillions and trillions of pounds of waste we generate. Fortunately for us, unlike countries like China, Russia and others, we have had government policies that, over the past few decades, have cleaned and protected our previously polluted lakes, rivers, streams, forests and our atmosphere. Protecting our planet and keeping it clean is just simple common sense and no different than doing the same for our bodies, our homes and our neighborhoods. In any case, I remain the incurable optimist and I still have faith that this administration will protect the environment and contend with climate change. As we have seen from every single election, politicians say many things over the course of a campaign and, of course, their priorities can shift, but I believe our President might surprise many among us. However, regardless of that future, I hope you agree that it is admirable if I choose to run a more clean and responsible company. Moreover, simply because I state that my more rigorous standards might not be the standards of our current administration, that can’t possibly be viewed as bashing our President. I am sure our government’s policies are well-intentioned and deemed appropriate, but just because I decide to be an even better, cleaner and more responsible citizen does not mean I am bashing our President. In any case, I believe our President and his administration would have high praise for my independent initiative in terms of the environment, since it did not cost the government or my customers a penny and it has only created jobs. I know they would cite me as a good example of how a responsible individual can attack our environmental issues, while creating jobs and without burdening the government or the economy. I am confident that a businessperson like our President would have high praise for my actions.
I am sorry for writing this long blog post, but I was deeply disappointed that anyone could feel that my pursuit of an objectively better path (cleaner operations with no pollution) could somehow be turned against me as if I were bashing our President. Ultimately, given what I know of our President and his family, I would not be surprised if we see policies that are more environmentally friendly than we might have expected. We shall see. Regardless, it will not change the fact that, ever since I was a child, I have always tried to do things in a more responsible fashion. In fact, when I run mountain trails, I am the guy who gets back to the bottom of the trail with his pockets full because of the litter I pick up along the way. That is just who I am. I have always wanted to leave the world a better, cleaner place and despite the growth of my company, I will continue to act responsibly and have the greatest positive impact possible.
In closing, my apologies to anyone who might have been offended and my sincere thanks for reading this.
If you would like, I can always take a moment and do this as a video if you would prefer.
Best of health.
I like You even more now that I’ve read this response. My friends And I will now have to buy us some vitamins.
I don’t think you owe anyone an explanation. My husband’s family are very religious and conservative, but they in no way relate climate change as being radical and an enemy to the President. It is a fact, man made or otherwise. Unfortunately, there will always be bible thumping people who will vote for any one regardless of his character as long as he is a Republican. I mean the man seems to have an affinity with stroking and grabbing “cats”. If this is the sort of man they are happy to vote for, then it says a lot about them. My conservative family do not think he is an admirable man at all and for them, they follow their Christian teachings, and that is in absolute contradiction to the views of the President. Most people I know have both conservative and liberal views. If someone can go off because someone mentioned climate change, then they are the ones that need to check themselves.
Our president? I will never call that racist ignorant criminal draft dodging con man president. Anyone that supports this fool is more frightening than he is!
BEWBEE, LOVAZ, PATTYF…Love you girls and proud to call you my sistas! All the best.
Bumped up from July 2017 I wish HSN would delete or archive posts after 1 year of no activity. it gets extremely boring.
I’ve lost a lot of respect for Andrew after his liberal comments. As a result am purchasing fewer of his products and only if they are a monthly special. So, my advice to you Mr. L. is KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT AND YOUR POLITICAL VIEWS TO YOURSELF. WE AREN’T INTERESTED.
I can’t imagine you doing that, but it’s fine by me – the #resistance is healthy and strong!
I like your shows and have learned a lot from you. I am glad to hear you did not say negative things about the President. Regardless of anyone’s politics, shopping television is NOT a place to share one’s views. And it would be silly to accuse anyone of wanting dirty air, dirty water, or whatever. People have children and grandchildren also. I will tune out and not buy from someone who injects politics into what they are selling.
Gee Tex… JUST TURN IT OFF…. ANDREW I STAND WITH YOU. I take MANY of your products and love to write reviews. Too bad my grandparents are not still alive because I feel with YOUR products they would NOT have been on sooo many prescription PILLS and could have led HEALTHIER lives with YOUR supplements AND THE MEAL PREP ANGEL!!!!!
OMG,,,!! I think the answer it could not be longer than that! If somebody misunderstood you is no need to write a hour long speech about defending yourself. I used some of your products but lately is getting out of control with making recommendations to take all of these suppliments!? Is anybody just eating good and stop this nonsense with pills pills pills! Our grandparents did not do that and lived a long life. It is just getting too much. Now his girlfriend is a guru on meals prep or so Come on please!
Why is it ok for the person running the country to talk smack about people but no one can ever say what they feel about him. Do we not have freedom of speech anymore in this country.
I believe in making America great again. I said the pledge of allegiance to the flag and sang the Star Spangled Banner and other patriotic songs every day at elementary school We were taught that what made America great was our natural resources and our democratic system, a system that was supposed to be fair to everyone, even if they weren’t white male Christian-esque plutocrats. While I agree that it’s important to respect the Office of the President of the United States, I believe it’s my civic duty to voice my utter horror at some of his actions. Where I generally draw the line for myself is to speak my mind about issues, and keep personal attacks toward POTUS out of it. When I see the internet littered with formulaic (choose a synonym for orange and follow with the name of a dictator seems a popular formula lately) and disrespectful name-calling it makes me cringe and a little less proud of us.
it makes me cringe when I hear the POTUS say the things he does about women, handicap, gold star family, his daughter, etc. etc. etc….
My first impression was that because you are doing something responsible AND good, you will be attacked. I think a celebration is in order, keep doing good- we need as many Andrew Lessmans as we can get!
I am offended Andrew had to apologize for anything. Tired of a small minority of extremists causing trouble. Climate change is real, deal with it. Stop catering to a minority’ of uneducated loudmouths. Andrew runs a good company and sells good products and at HSN that is what matters.
People need to respect other people’s views, and some people will read anything into what someone says or does. My husband and I are not religious and don’t believe in religions at all, his family are very religious and devout, we get along have fun and we do not discuss religion at all. Nobody is going to change anyone’s minds. I am also very liberal in many things that I believe, and conservative in some, and never discuss politics with friends or my husband’s very conservative family. Everyone has their own social values, passions and things that nourish their soul and conscience and they could be different or shared by others. Just go to You Tube, it could be a video of a couple of squirrels having a tea party with some rabbits and some of the comments end up being are about religion, abortion and politics. Go figure.
Thank you Andrew for being Eco Friendly and Environmentally conscious. My family and I own a small business and aspire to walk in your footsteps. At any given time we employ between 25-50 people and have a customer base around 150+. The reason I say this is because my family and I have decided to make our annual Christmas gifts to our employees and regular customers Andrew Lessman products. So anyone who says they will not purchase Andrew’s products because of his Environmentally conscious actions and words, go ahead and leave. I guarantee you Andrew WILL have more sales this year, especially around Christmas, than he probably ever has because the environmentally conscious community are praising him. I am not alone in this decision; I have spoken to several of my colleagues who are small business owners, and they have decided to do the same. As they say, money talks and walks. Stay strong in your convictions Andrew! We all love and support you for caring for our planet and our health!
Thank you Andrew.
It is a shame that you had to defend yourself and your company on the HSN Community/Forums.
HSN should not have allowed that post or any of the others that have recently appeared … as it was ‘Political’ and against the HSN guidelines.
More importantly, HSN should have removed it, as it was attacking a Vendor / Host – it was and should have been considered – “inappropriate” and not true.
Taking care of our Earth’s environment is what all human’s should be doing & must do. What humans do and don’t do effects everything on this Earth … there is no ‘Planet B’.
I have great respect for you. I use and love your products, thank you for caring.
My best wishes to you and yours.
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