As political activists all of us have at one time or another helped to drive donation traffic to campaigns and candidates. Most of us have even donated a few bucks ourselves. We do this to help fund change, in the most basic way we can.
Right now, we have an opportunity to make a difference in Utah's political landscape by supporting not a candidate (yet!) but a person who has brought much to the table, and helped to open the door for blogger/media relations throughout the state. JM Bell has written with candor about his current situation, and the circumstances that compound it. It is a place many of us have been first hand or in which can see ourselves through a few short degrees of separation.
Whether you enjoy his Crosspoint material, the rapier wit, or podcasts from JMBell.org directly, Jeff creates, with his blogging, multi-media, and community involvement an avenue of communication and interaction that is growing fast, and, quite simply, wouldn't exist without him.
So be it a t-shirt and mug, or someone with interest in his skills, our collective attention here is a chance to invest, literally, in the future of Utah politics. Contributing to a good candidate is a way of exercising our democratic rights, and so is supporting those who raise the bar on public discourse and the dissemination of information.
If George Washington were here today, he would be wearing on of these. If Bob Woodward (pre-sell out days) worked for the SL Trib, he'd be drinking from one of these. If Hannity knew what was happening to his "Great American" he'd be out in the streets clothed only in his pride, and Militant Progressive attire (and you can't buy pants at the Jeff's online store -- picture it).
As Ethan said, you know him, now go buy his stuff. Support open dialog and grassroots politics. It's the patriotic thing to do. Keeping JMBell.org in Utah should be a goal we can all get behind.