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The 2000 election was stolen, plain and simple.  If this had happened in another country Americans would be up in arms crying fowl.  I kept waiting for people to rise up and revolt but nothing happened.  Instead everyone blamed Green candidate Ralph Nader, including myself at the time, believing he'd stolen votes from Gore and caused him to lose.  This hypothesis has since been disproven.

George W. Bush's record

With George W. Bush in office the neocons take control of the White House and all hell breaks loose.  September 11the marks a very dark day in our history.  The Bush Administration starts two wars, Afghanistan and Iraq, by lying to the American people resulting in 4,000 U.S. troops dead and estimates of civilian deaths range from 88,000 to over half a million and then under the guise of protecting us from, "they hate us for our freedoms," terrorist, the Bush administration immediately gets to work dismantling our Constitution, promoting fear and stripping us of our rights by:

Passing the Patriot Act.

Opening Gitmo. (Guantanamo Bay detention camp)

Authorizing the wiretapping and reading of e-males of U.S. citizens.

Promoting the preemptive war, Bush Doctrine.

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Abu Ghraib photos are leaked. 

Torture becomes the new normal.

He also Signs tax cuts for the rich and large corporations.

While he FCC pushes for more media consolidation allowing one company to own newspapers, TV and radio stations in one city.

Bush ignores victims of Hurricane Katrina and hundreds perish.

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2004.  I knew Bush was a goner but alas he beats John Kerry by spreading lies about Kerry's war record.  This from a guy who avoided the Vietnam War and an administration full of chicken hawks and also by stealing Ohio but once again there's little to no reaction from American voters.

By 2008 even avid Bush supporters can no longer support the lies and corruption from this administration and Barack Obama emerges victorious.  A dark horse who's not been properly vetted but gave a rousing keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, wrote a compelling book, "Dreams From My Father" and is an eloquent speaker who promises us "change we can believe in."  And after eight years of pure hell we're all so desperate to believe we fall for this rhetoric and his big open smile.  He had us all fooled.

Barack Obama's record

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I switched my voting affiliation from Democrat to ... by Jill (Julia) Dalton on Thursday, Nov 1, 2012 at 4:14:00 PM
My first election I voted for Jimmy Carter and bec... by Deborah Dills on Friday, Nov 2, 2012 at 11:15:48 AM
The best idea that Dr Stein has.... by BFalcon on Friday, Nov 2, 2012 at 4:35:36 PM
I hope I can answer your questions about Jill Stei... by Deborah Dills on Friday, Nov 2, 2012 at 11:50:22 PM
Thank you, ddills for your amazing and concise com... by Jill (Julia) Dalton on Saturday, Nov 3, 2012 at 7:26:19 AM
Excellent post on Jill Stein, ddills. I'm going t... by Dr. Tom Baldwin on Saturday, Nov 3, 2012 at 9:46:35 AM
For a very informative answer.I already watched pa... by BFalcon on Saturday, Nov 3, 2012 at 9:49:57 AM
out to be much mor complicated"Actually no it does... by Kansas Bright on Saturday, Nov 3, 2012 at 10:43:17 AM
But who declares it and based on what?If it was so... by BFalcon on Saturday, Nov 3, 2012 at 1:51:38 PM
Well said.  More voices like yours.... by Don Caldarazzo on Thursday, Nov 1, 2012 at 4:14:41 PM
Thanks Don,I really appreciate you taking the time... by Jill (Julia) Dalton on Thursday, Nov 1, 2012 at 5:16:37 PM
As always, a brilliant article. This compliments t... by John Rachel on Thursday, Nov 1, 2012 at 5:23:49 PM
John, I loved your article and the truly positive ... by Jill (Julia) Dalton on Thursday, Nov 1, 2012 at 6:56:35 PM
Ken, I too have heard it's the Bilderberg Gro... by Jill (Julia) Dalton on Thursday, Nov 1, 2012 at 7:01:29 PM
As is customarily the case, Jill Dalton has writte... by Dr. Tom Baldwin on Thursday, Nov 1, 2012 at 7:39:34 PM
You forgot how important it is to FIGHT Election f... by Kansas Bright on Saturday, Nov 3, 2012 at 11:15:11 AM
The body that governs the USA and Western hemisphe... by aberamsay on Friday, Nov 2, 2012 at 1:15:00 AM
You are correct that the USA has never been a demo... by Kansas Bright on Saturday, Nov 3, 2012 at 11:29:51 AM
If the United States is not a 'democracy' why so m... by aberamsay on Saturday, Nov 3, 2012 at 6:19:56 PM
For honesty's sake you should have emphacized the ... by aberamsay on Friday, Nov 2, 2012 at 1:26:52 AM
Chomsky, along with Michael Moore and  Julian... by aberamsay on Friday, Nov 2, 2012 at 5:10:55 AM
those who go to the considerable trouble and expen... by John Sanchez Jr. on Friday, Nov 2, 2012 at 6:58:28 AM
 It is THEIR JOB! John, if we here had a goo... by Mark Sashine on Friday, Nov 2, 2012 at 12:55:32 PM
Incredible piece. BUT, How will we feel when Romne... by Kevin Tully on Friday, Nov 2, 2012 at 8:37:37 AM
Kevin, here's what I think about a Romney presiden... by Jill (Julia) Dalton on Friday, Nov 2, 2012 at 9:56:22 AM
Democracy is not about voting   It is about... by Mark Sashine on Friday, Nov 2, 2012 at 10:02:59 AM
..."I'm thinking (now I may be totally delusional)... by Ronnie Roberts on Friday, Nov 2, 2012 at 4:57:34 PM
Tracy, this is why all change is and always has be... by Jill (Julia) Dalton on Saturday, Nov 3, 2012 at 7:43:52 AM
Of course one has the option to declare the electi... by Peter Duveen on Saturday, Nov 3, 2012 at 6:35:50 AM