5 burning questions on today's political climate

ABC News chief political analyst Matthew Dowd has the answers.

— -- ABC News chief political analyst Matthew Dowd answered viewers' questions on this week's episode of "Common Sense with Matt Dowd."

1. Katie, in Dalton, Pennsylvania asked: How do we get back to a respect for facts in government? Dowd responded, "We have to do it. We have to start that, we have to do that in our own lives." He emphasized personal responsibility, saying "do it yourself first, so tune into diverse sources of information, gather from many different sources of information. If you're a liberal or a progressive, look at conservative or moderate websites or television channels ... If you're a conservative, look at more progressive or liberal platforms or dynamics, or more moderate platforms or dynamics. Don't just stay in your bias."

Dowd went on to speak directly about political elections, saying "vote for people who want to get to the truth." Rather than voting based on an ideology, he recommended supporting candidates that put the facts before their party.

"In the end," Dowd said, "every single country that has become more isolationist has suffered."

"You have to be willing to make the action based on moral grounds, ethical grounds, but you have to also be willing to take the consequences of those actions," Dowd said. "That's a debate, that's a conversation I'd love to have, that I'd love our leaders to have."

"In the last 25 years there has been more of a sense of gathering more power at the White House and taking it away from the other branches of government, Dowd said. "I think over time if we can reduce the power of the executive branch, and increase the power of the judiciary and the legislative branch, all of us will benefit from that."

Do you have a question for Matt Dowd? Tweet it with the hashtag #AskMattDowd and maybe you'll see it on the next episode of "Common Sense with Matt Dowd."

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