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Lincoln Chafee Seems Destined to Capture the Metric Advocate Vote

In modern politics today, there appears to be an advocacy groups for every imaginable initiative, medical or emotional disorder, etc. It turns out that ever since Congress passed a law in 1975 to make the switch to the metric system, groups have been pushing legislators to follow through on it. Such is the case for the U.S. Metric Association. The group, founded in 1916, believes firmly in the necessity for the nation to embrace the same set of weights and measurements used throughout the world.

So it should come as no surprise that when former GOP Senator Lincoln Chafee announced his ambitious bid for the 2016 Democrat presidential nomination, Paul Trusten, vice-president of the U.S. Metric Association, jumped for joy. Trusten, who is a pharmacist by trade, has made it a lifelong quest to get politicians to adopt the metric system. Thus far, he has gotten nowhere. However, Trusten feels that may be changing with Chafeeā€™s presidential bid.

Chafee, a former governor, believes that America has lost its standing in the world, which global image is in need of a “reset”. In Chafee’s mind, there’s no time like the present to reset the image using the same set of weights and measurements used throughout Europe, Canada, Australia, Africa, and Asia. In fact, Chafee believes this would signal to the world that the US is joining the global community, and Adam Sender can understand that as well. By extension, it would revitalize our standing with other nations.

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