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In Swami for Precedent, I make the serious yet humorous point that “nobody” won the 2000 election. Fewer than 50% of the registered voters voted, indicating that the majority of voters preferred nobody to anybody running. Why do so few people vote? Well, as Jim Hightower remarked, “If people were meant to vote, we’d be given candidates.” Now it’s time for us to take another important step in building the field: Register unregistered voters, and that includes ourselves!

Just as the prerequisite for winning the lottery is buying a ticket, the prerequisite for winning an election is registering to vote, and then voting. As respected journalists such as Mark Crispin Miller offer substantial evidence that our voting system is seriously flawed if not rigged, this is all the more reason for an overwhelming number of Americans to show up and take back the government. The more of us who show up, the more difficult it will be to rig the election. Consider last November, that in key states the move for regime change was so strong that Democratic voters were able to prevail in spite of dirty tricks.

Again, build it and they will come. Do you want to see Ron Paul make a showing, and show the world that fewer and fewer Americans are buying the neocon con? Register Republican, and vote in your state’s primaries. (You can always switch back to Democrat or Independent.) Do you believe a Democratic Party victory in 2008 is as easy as ABC (Anybody But Clinton)? Voice your choice. Yes, our political system is exasperatingly binary, but still the primaries are the primary way we can influence these binary choices.

The American Evolution means a critical mass of citizens evolving to understand and embrace our power, both inside and outside the political matrix. So ... keep your heart from falling into the pit of fear, and step forward to make sure your voice is heard. I’m making it my mission to enroll three nonvoters this month to register -- with the intention to vote. Would you be willing to do the same? (Hey, registering yourself counts as “one” right there!)

3. Put Your Money Where Your Mouse Is ... and Feed Two Birds With One Scone!

If you’re reading this, you probably already realize that mainstream media is a sham and a scam. And yet, we continue to support this media unconsciously. What if the 50 million or so Americans who already see through the illusion shifted just $100 a year from the B.S. media to independent media? Sure, that’s just $5 billion, but it’s a start.

While I’ve been able to support my favorite news services in the past with a check here or a credit card there, this year I’ve come up with an idea that I hope you will support. I call it “Put Your Money Where Your Mouse Is” and “Feed Two Birds With One Scone.” If you intend to buy any of Swami’s products as gifts this year, I have decided to use a generous portion of what I make to support one of my favorite online alternative news services, OpEd News.
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Not only does OpEd News include some important news stories from the mainstream press, but they offer a forum for articulate writers and bloggers. They’ve grown in influence and reach every year, and I would like to help them prosper so they can become even more formidable in 2008. So ... when you go online to order Swami products between now and the end of the year, and you go to the shopping cart check out, underneath the credit card information you will see a box called Promotional Code. All you have to do is to type “OpEd News” into that box, and I will designate 20% of that order (less shipping charges, which are included in the retail price) to OpEd News.

If this seems like a high percentage of gross to offer, it is. Here’s why I’m doing it. Of course, I expect it will expand my sales in general, and that’s good. But I’m also serious about a new economic model that recirculates money within our own community. I want to make sure we financially sustain the institutions that sustain us. This particular model has three benefits. It helps support the work I am doing. It spreads enlightened laughter to folks on your list. And, it also goes to support our own emerging political infrastructure. Please go here to the Give the Gift of Laughter, and if any of these books, CDs or DVDs call out to you, order them now and know that 20% will be going to support OpEd News.

Give the Gift of Laughter. Use this link for a thorough description of available Swami CD’s, DVD, and books.


Or use this link to go directly to the Swami Products order page.


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Steve Bhaerman is a writer, humorist and uncommontator who's been posing as cosmic comic Swami Beyondananda for the past 20 years. He is the author of seven books including Spontaneous Evolution: Our Positive Future and a Way to Get There From (more...)

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Until we return to hand counted paper ballots none... by tjb on Friday, Dec 7, 2007 at 7:38:50 AM