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Why I Did Not Vote On November 6, 2012

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And, the morning after his re-election, and a week after the devastation of Superstorm Sandy, Barack Obama further confirmed my low opinion of him by talking about the deficit and working with Republicans, with no mention of unemployment, poverty, inequality, or catastrophic climate change. As a lame-duck President who no longer needs to worry about re-election, this was his chance to set a better, more human-focused tone for his last term. Instead, he chose to mouth platitudes comforting to Wall Street, not Main Street.

In spite of this clear record, too many "liberals" and Democrats choose to judge Obama's record by a double standard which they would ordinarily object to.

Consider that, if a Republican President

- had claimed the "right" to kill anyone, any time, anywhere on earth, without trial or having to make known any evidence about this "suspect", in mockery of habeas corpus, based solely on a "Kill List" determined by a few advisors, committing extra-judicial executions of the sort committed by kings, emperors, and dictators, asserting the authority to exercise this power over life and death which had correctly been denounced when tyrants exercised it, and yet arrogantly claiming it is legal;

- had then used this claim of absolute, tyrannical power to kill three U.S. citizens abroad without trial, including a 16 year-old boy and his 17 year-old cousin;

- had authorized expanded drone strikes which also killed hundreds of innocent civilians throughout Afghanistan, Pakistan, the Middle East, and Africa, and refused to provide information about the numbers of these victims, even though the U.S. is not officially at war with most of those countries and violates their sovereignty and airspace;

- had created a "Kill Matrix" or, in its official, Orwellian title, a "Disposition Matrix" to permanently expand the drone warfare/war on terror both worldwide and without end;

- had increased U.S. "special ops" teams which not only gather information, but actively interfere in foreign countries by meddling in their politics and committing sabotage and assassinations, from operations in 75 countries (under Bush/Cheney) to more than 120 countries, including Iran and many others with which we are NOT officially at war;

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- had massively increased U.S. military and "special ops" & CIA "interventions" throughout Africa as AfriCom, the U.S. military Command for Africa set up by Bush/Cheney, grows more powerful and pervasive throughout that continent where overt colonialism had once oppressed its populations;

- had escalated U.S. involvement in Afghanistan despite the huge unpopularity, both here and abroad, of that endless, unwinnable war, which costs us one million dollars per year for each U.S. soldier stationed there and which has killed or maimed uncounted numbers of Afghan's civilians;

- had refused to prosecute the war crimes of the previous administration, thereby violating his oath of office as well as the United Nations Commission Against Torture;

- had reneged on his campaign promise to close the prison in Guatanamo Bay, where many innocent people still languish;

- had sent U.S. nuclear-armed fleets to the South China Sea to intimidate China and proclaimed that the western Pacific is the new area of focus for U.S. forces;

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- had deployed more U.S. forces to Australia as part of the effort to intimidate China;

- had pressured the Philippines to re-admit U.S. forces to their soil, including the Subic Bay Naval Base, years after the people of the Philippines had successfully gotten their government to finally get U.S. forces out of their country after more than a century of U.S. colonialism;

- had begun work on a new naval base, jointly with the South Korean government, on Jejun Island, against the will of the island's residents and dangerously off the coast of North Korea and close to China, for U.S. missile-carrying destroyers;

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Ed Ciaccio is a retired teacher who is active in the justice and peace community on Long Island, NY, and a writer whose work is featured at Dandelion Salad and has also been posted on Buzzflash and Information Clearing House as well as OpEdNews.

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