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September 25, 2006 9:47 AM


I sat next to Kim on the plane back from a wedding in Hawaii last week-end. And I believe Kim is responsible for all of the problems in our country today.

Kim is intelligent, attractive, articulate and thoughtful. And she doesn’t vote. She registered some time back when she lived in a different state, but hasn’t voted for a while. Can’t really remember when she voted last. But, she’s very unhappy with the state of affairs in our country . . .

Ouch! These people make me nuts!!!!

I firmly believe that the Internet is about ready to rock Kim’s world. In the next two presidential election cycles, I predict that enterprising groups are going to find a way to go far beyond what Howard Dean did (raise money) and actually develop tools that will make people feel less disenfranchised. And people are going to start voting – in huge numbers.

Consider the sad fact that most political elections (even national elections) in the U.S. are decided by 12 to 24 percent of the potential electorate. Depressing . . .

So, Internet geniuses . . . it is time.

Let’s build the tools that will finally give us a smell test (or B.S. test) to ferret out the truth. Let’s begin developing the networks of the disenfranchised that will double election results overnight. In the flat world of the Internet, issues may actually have a chance, and money may become much less important.

Or so we hope.

And, Kim is waiting . . .

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Comments (6)

paul:

Howard Dean? The man is insane. If you like his politics i hope YOU dont vote, LOL.

Steve Lipscomb:

Sorry, Paul, but I fear that you, too, are part of the problem, my friend . . .

We live in the time of division politics. The extremes of both U.S. parties control those parties and they both use fear to keep the base in line. Republican rank and file members are scared to death of having the Democrats in power -- and the Democratic rank and file fear the big "R" more than just about anything . . .

The example i used of Howard Dean in the last presidential election cycle has already begun to change U.S. politics. It doesn't matter that it was Howard Dean's campaign. What matters is that they used the internet to defy the conventional wisdom -- he raised money five and ten dollars at a time -- and he raised millions. He didn't rely on thousand dollar dinners and breakfasts. That was the wake-up call.

I am suggesting that money raising is just the beginning of the changes that we are likely to see.

And, I ask you truly to re-examine your thought process re: people with different politics than yours voting. I believe we want as many people as possible to show up at the polls. Then, we will have to develop the systems to communicate to those people. And, the more active people are, the more likely it is that we will have an informed electorate -- and have a chance to make decisions that actually make the country and world a better place for our kids.

And, that is really what it is all about.

Thanks for chiming in . . .

S

Marianne Paskowski:

Maybe Kim is actually an airhead.And if so, I'm glad she doesn't vote. "Attractive" is the key word here. You wouldn't talk with her if she wasn't. She sounds like a chick who spends most of her time grooming herself and her career.And talking herself up to you, who could boost her stock. Ugh.

Steve Lipscomb:

Yup, get it. There are a lot of people who believe that it is better if people who are not like me do not vote. Just not sure that is the kind of world I want to live in.

S

Marianne Paskowski:

I'm not saying that YOU shouldn't vote. I'm saying that people who moan about the country and the state it's in and don't vote are part of the problem and not the solution. Hey, we're all busy just like Kim, living our lives and working hard and moving from state to state. Sure, it's a bear to drive in the rain and stand in the voting lines before or after work. But if you don't do it, like Kim, I don't want to hear about her intelligence.

Steve Lipscomb:

Marianne,

Don't think you understood my comment. I want as many people as I can possibly get to the polls -- to get to the polls and vote. Even the airheads (though I don't think Kim fits that profile). One side of the voting debate inevitably suggests that they believe voting should be restricted to certain people (usually surprisingly similar to their own type of people).

I agree that it is fair to question someone's right to complain when they don't vote. But, I think it is time to dig deeper -- and go beyond blaming that massive group that turns out to be a majority of the voting public -- and figure out how to get them involved. Because it will change everything.

Again, thanks for your thoughts.

Regards,

Steve

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