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Issue No. 1 - THE VOTE
C O N T E N T S :

Update » No Paper, No Trail: An Open Invitation to Electoral Fraud

Introduction

A Vote That Counts

2002 Elections Underscore Imperative of Major Reform

Libertarian Solutions for Revitalizing Our Democracy

Spoiled? Ralph Nader and Voting Patterns in 2000

Post-Democracy: The Dystopian Future of Our Winner-Take-All Politics

Voter Turnout: How To Hit 90% by 2010

Vote, Organize, Vote, and Win - For a Progressive Society

SPECIAL: G&G Wellness


G&G Wellness

Vote From the Soul

As I walked into my polling place - a local school auditorium - on the fifth of November, I saw all those kindred souls. The bold, the beautiful, the voters.

I love voting. I do it as often as I'm legally allowed. It feels like speaking the truth, and the raw power, the electric charge, that comes from speaking the truth has never failed to thrill me. I've never developed a tolerance for this drug.

There is the deep sigh in the soul - a sigh of health and peace - that comes when we allow the truth to course up through our hearts and throats and out into the world. A shudder of delight and relief comes with the bodily knowledge that we've chosen honesty and resisted doubt.

The power of truth is a key ingredient in any relationship - with a friend, spouse, lover, or child - and it follows that it would be essential in a relationship with a government and elected representative as well. It was after discovering this that I awoke to truthful voting. And what a joy it is! In every action we choose to act out of love or out of fear, and I now vote as an act of love. Sure, I might not love an option on every ballot - though I often do - but I can always choose to speak and vote truth.

Moreover, bringing unstinting truth to voting and political expression nourishes not only your own well-being but the well-being of your community as well, through richer engagement. Like a drop in a placid lake, your actions reach distant shores. Ultimately voting your truth and expressing your heartfelt beliefs builds a foundation for greater things, and creates a model for an assertive and healthy relationship with the universe around you.

We all are on our own journey towards self-knowledge, and as truth sustains us along the way, politics can be one of our steps along this path, one of our opportunities for truth.

Sometimes we are asked to do more. Sometimes we must go beyond just voting and engage ourselves fully in our communities as patriotic citizens. Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., and countless others found themselves in this situation, and rose to the call. They took this step not without effort, but without trepidation.

Also, occasionally we must act pragmatically, and occasionally we must vote pragmatically. But in the end it is idealism and not pragmatism -- love and not fear -- that carries us up; and it is truthful voting not fearful voting that moves the community and the nation forward.

In the end, speaking the truth is the path to joy and is the best choice in all but the rarest of cases. And it is the same with voting. Vote truth and enjoy the electric thrill that it brings to yourself and your community.

Tony Brasunas is publisher of Garlic & Grass.

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