New York, New York – “We’re a country that has lost the ability to be self-reliant,” said Steve Kiel, who founded a tech startup called First Things, which lets people make and share their own homemade coffee.
He spoke to Al Jazeera’s Chris Anderson about his business, the new presidential election and why he’s not afraid to speak his mind.
Al Jazeera: Why did you decide to run for the US presidency?
Steve Kiely: Because I feel like America has lost its way.
We’re in the middle of a war with ISIS.
We have to rebuild, we have to change, we need a leadership.
I’ve never been more proud to be an American.
I’m a huge supporter of our military.
I think the US should have a military that’s more ready to go.
And the military should be able to go into a war, to be able get the job done, to go on and do the work that they’re trained to do.
And then they should be equipped to handle any contingency, no matter what the situation is.
Al-Jazeera: What does your job as an entrepreneur look like?
Steve: I run First Things.
It’s a platform where people make their own cup of coffee, but I also provide advice, as a customer, about how to run your business, and how to create a business, a startup.
Al Jazeera: So what is your role as an American entrepreneur?
Steve said: Well, my role is very simple: I think that we’re a nation of cowars.
We are a nation that has been so corrupted by money, so corrupted that we’ve lost our ability to self-regulate, to make choices for ourselves.
Al Qaida is killing people for profit.
We’ve lost control of our borders.
And so we’ve become a nation in the grip of a global financial system, and the economy has become so dependent on the dollar.
That’s the only thing keeping us from falling apart.
And, of course, it’s not just our economy that’s in crisis, but our culture as well.
Al Shabab has a war against the West.
The world is falling apart and the Middle East is at war with itself.
And we’re the only country on earth that is able to survive.
That means that we have no choice but to do whatever it takes to get the US economy back on track.
Al Qaeda has a new name: the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
And that’s the group that the US has been battling since 2009.
So, what does it mean to be a US citizen?
Steve has been in the US for almost 25 years.
He’s worked at various companies and he said: I’m an American citizen.
It means I’m here to do my job.
And I do that job very, very well.
We can’t control the way we do things here.
We do our best to control the economy.
And to me, that’s a job.
Al Khatib: I’ve been a soldier in the Arab armies for a long time, and I know a lot of soldiers, I know how hard it is, how much work it takes.
I know people who have lost their lives fighting in the war in Syria.
I understand the hardship that’s been there, I understand what’s happening in the region.
And yet, we see a lot more Americans going abroad, and many of them come back with their families.
What’s the difference?
Steve answered: The differences are very important, because I think we’re on the brink of something that is going to shake our entire society.
And it’s going to bring down our entire system.
I believe that there’s a very strong connection between America’s history and the future of our country.
The United States is a land of freedom and democracy.
That has always been a part of our story, a part that we are so proud of, because we’ve never had a democracy like we do now.
We didn’t have a government that was able to create its own currency, we didn’t even have a currency that was designed to circulate among the people.
Al Mughrabi said that the Prophet Muhammad, who lived in 632, is the only one who ever had a central bank.
And he said, “The most important thing to do is to create an Islamic state, a caliphate.”
The Islamic State has captured territory in Iraq and Syria, and has set up a caliphate in parts of Syria and Iraq.
But Al Maughrabi also warned us, “You can never rule a country with its people under its rule.”
So, we’re going to have to fight this.
Al Alawi: The United Nations is in chaos.
The Arab countries are being pushed around by their own governments.
Al Arabiya is running from the US.
There are people in Iran who don’t