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December 03, 2006

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Geo Rip

David,

I am an ardent Gravel fan and want to say thank you for your great and thorough work. You have done a great service in getting Mike's message out.

I particularly liked the following Gravel quote about the fundamental reform he proposes which gives citizens a seat at the table of power right alongside the unchallenged seat of corporate lobbyists.

"We’ve all been weaned on the idea that we control the government by voting. That’s not so. We don’t. We found that with gerrymandering. The power of government is not voting. The power of government is lawmaking. Them’s that make the laws determine who, how, and when you vote. All we do on election day is give our power away – to the people who then control our lives – and all we can do is beg them to do the right thing. So if there’s ever going to be a chance to turn the direction of this country around, you can’t rely on the Congress – you can’t rely on the existing leadership – because they’re all stuck in the monopoly of representative government. So we need to find a device to bring the people into the operation of government as lawmakers. This device is The National Initiative, which is both a constitutional amendment and a set of statutes."

I'd like to share the web site which describes the initiative he proposes, www.ni4d.us, the website for his campaign, www.gravel08.us, and the site of a friend of mine who has done some good work on the value of ballot initiatives www.vote.org

Thanks again, George Ripley

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