Foreword by Publisher

About The National Political Index

The National Political Index is a web site which provides an index of substantive political information for voters, political activists, political consultants, lobbyists, politicians, academicians, and media editors with a wide range of products, information, services, simulations, games, and polling in an interactive communications environment.

Our primary purpose is to provide a one-stop shop for substantive political information and couple it with interactivity to stimulate the habits of mind that are associated with rational thought including study, analysis, reflection, and deliberation. By bringing this information into people s homes, we believe this will enhance political dialogue, deliberation, and participation among voters. Empowering voters will dramatically increase voter participation and decrease voter apathy. Given high quality information, voters are more likely to make high quality decisions.

Our secondary purpose is to provide a one-stop shop web site for political activist organizations with tactics and logistics information to empower them to compete successfully against massive TV advertising which provides almost no high quality information to voters. Empowering activists is the key to nullify the corrosive impact of big money on the democratic process.

Information about our principal staff.

We believe that the unemployed, underemployed, insecurely employed, temporarily employed, and the SOHO employed comprise the Anxious Class which is growing rapidly in size, frustration, and political expertise as the youngest Baby Boomers and Generation X grow older. As the year 2000 approaches, Anxious Class voters are becoming as angry as voters were in the Great Depression over the corrosive impact of big money on the democratic process. The Anxious Class' best tool of political empowerment will become the internet.

The goal of our NEXUS Program is to locate and develop one very politically active computer site in each of the 166,000 precincts in the United States. The second goal of the NEXUS Program is to make an on-line computer available, at no cost, in each precinct to any person seeking employment. Our National Employment Index sets forth excellent examples of on-line job-search resources and services that we are using.

The goal of our Paul Revere Program is to locate manpower willing to act as a liaison between the precinct NEXUS computer and those precinct political activists who do not have a computer. Initially, we intend to concentrate on over age 65 voters first, because such persons rarely have computers.

We plan to accomplish our purposes by locating, carefully indexing, and then promoting the work product of others.

We presently index and link 3500 political web sites. We are presently adding about 50 political web sites per month. We expect a substantial increase in this rate because nearly every candidate for any political office in the United States is constructing a web site which we will index at no cost to the candidate.

We presently index and link 200 political science departments and intend to index directories containing 500 major political consulting firms. From these, we plan to solicit articles on ways to make political activists organizations more effective when competing against big money purchasing TV advertising.

We again intend to send e-mail to the 3500 web sites we presently hyperlink, to ask them for suggestions about, and additions to, our site. In the past, nearly 500 political web masters complimented us and made suggestions as to how we could improve our site. With adequate funding most of these suggestions will be incorporated into our site.

We are in contact with 60,000 political activists, 6,000 Washington VIP's, 200 key political science academicians, and 2,700 media editors to whom we plan to promote our site which in turn promotes the political web sites of others.

The National Political Index is a non-profit, non-partisan, 501(c)(3) organization operating as a 509(a)(1) Public Charity. Contributions to us are fully tax deductible, in most instances regardless of amount, and not subject to laws relating to political campaigns.

We realize some of NPI's web site is four years old. By incorporating good suggestions and with your financial support, we will be able to up-date our site for the year 2000 elections. Election Year 2000 could be the Year of the Net, unless the corrosive impact of greed and big money manages to stifle charitable and political fund-raising employing e-mails.

We would very much appreciate your writing, faxing, or phoning your comments and suggestions to:

Denis L. Hemmerle, Publisher
National Political Index
47 North Knoll Road, Suite #301
Mill Valley, CA 94941
(415) 381-1342, FAX: (415) 381-9342