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There Was No Election

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There was no election.

Despite the cacophony of the major-media propagandists, liberals and progressives did not take a walloping; and there was no mandate for the lunatic fringe that runs the Republican Party.

Virtually no one voted. Only 21 percent of eligible voters voted in California. Only 33 percent of the eligible voters participated in elections across the country. And everyone agrees: very few Democrats bothered to vote.


Allow me to diverge a minute. When I was a kid, I was a fan of the Brooklyn Dodgers. I still remember Duke Snyder, Gil Hodges, and Roy Campanella as they struggled to defeat the behemoth in the Bronx -- the New York Yankees.

Then one morning, the Brooklyn Dodgers moved to Los Angeles. My team, the team that lived near where I lived, was gone. I had been abandoned. Consequently I lost all interest in baseball. I haven't seen a baseball game since.

Fast forward fifty years -- I feel abandoned again. This time it is not a baseball team that abandoned me, but the Democratic Party. The leader of my party, Barak Obama began to drift right from day one in the Oval Office. It was an about-face of historic proportions.

Obama's move to the right proved to be relentless, it is not over; and he is unapologetic.

For instance, despite his highfalutin rhetoric about caring for the environment, he is pro fracking, and pro XL pipeline; he is pro fast-tracking a corporate deal in Asia that is so secretive that he won't share information about it with members of his own party; he is pro nuclear power (within days of the Fukushima disaster he supported new licensing of new Nukes); he has not ended torture (what else do you call the forced feeding of detainees in Guananamo who never have been tried, who have been cleared for release, but who will never get out as long as Obama is president); he is pro assassination -- what else can you call targeted killing of people (mostly civilians) in countries in which we are not at war and which are not at war with us; he has taken the surveillance state much further than Bush or Cheney or Orwell would have dreamed of; he is sticking to Bush's no-child-left-behind despite lackluster results; his economic team entered the White House through the revolving door that connects to Wall Street; his attorney general has proclaimed that big banks cannot be prosecuted; his new attorney general (if approved) made her mark defending Wall street crooks (the prediction is that Republicans will love her); he traded Bush's bloody war on Iraq for his own in Afghanistan, which became the longest in U.S. history; he is waging endless wars in Syria, Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen and at least a hundred and thirty other countries in every corner of the world despite the fact that he campaigned as the candidate who would end war; he turned the Nobel-Peace-Prize committee (which awarded him the prize in the hope that he would be encouraged to make peace) into a hollow, meaningless chorus.

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James and Jean Anton were born and raised in New York City, and spent ten years living and working abroad in countries as diverse as Brazil, Ecuador, Denmark, Italy and Iran. They have written and illustrated books for Scholastic Inc, McGraw (more...)

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