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2016: A Novel Look Back at the MidTerms

November 27, 2014

The 2014 Mid-Terms are history, and the results give us more data about the thinking of the American voter—but does it matter?

            In 2012, we were given a candidate with a paper-thin curriculum vitae, highlighted by a studied lack of participation in any significant qualifying experience, but we elected him because he promised us a new horizon of post-racial hope, change, and transparency. Like a hologram at the Lincoln Museum in Springfield that evaporates before our eyes, what we saw was a wasteful stimulus, a partisan health law, and the true transparency that an empty suit can offer.

            Voters dropped a hint in 2010 that the parties should work together. What we got was more IRS bullying, Benghazi deception, and leadership from behind. That we re-elected this man in 2012 resulted from the magic of Hollywood, news manipulation by State Media—the unregistered liberal lobbyists who masquerade as the independent fourth estate—and the hopeful self-delusion of overly fair Americans. Now comes 2014, and once again, Americans hoisted a warning pennant: we are done with policies and practices that are deceptive, dilatory, and opaque.

            Someday, historians will take volumes to inform us about a few key questions. Who was really responsible for IRS targeting of people because of their free-speech expressions? Just who said what to whom—and why—when a key IRS official visited the West Wing over 150 times in three years—more than several senior cabinet members combined?

            What really happened when on 9-11-12, the Benghazi attack was somehow a misunderstood protest? How did the White House narrative event develop and why? What role did the Secretary of State play and what were the motivations of the parties involved?

            What was our policy in the Middle East during this period? Whose policy was it? How did America lose the respect of the world as built up by the previous forty-three occupants of the White House?

             Underlying all the 2012 theatrics—and 2016—was and will be the greatest electoral temptation ever presented to man: invisibly (transparently?) steal the national election without worrying about a ground game. How? Massive vote fraud. No, not illegal voters, multiple voters, dead voters, and more—all well detailed by The Heritage Foundation as criminal acts that need to be addressed.

            Massive electronic vote fraud has become possible because that voting process is largely unregulated, unencrypted, and unsecured. Every cycle, showy diligence attempts to convince us that the physical voting process always in custody, but what about that which flows through the ether after we vote? When relevant data are transmitted from precinct to county to state capitol, what protects that data? Anything?

            What company controls most of the voting in this country? Who owns or controls it? What is their political proclivity? What would it take to manipulate the vote in Florida, Virginia, Ohio, Colorado, or New Mexico—key in-play states, the correct combination of which puts either party over the 270 threshhold needed to win the White House? It just so happens that because of the fabled blue wall of the Democrats—eighteen states totaling 241 Electoral Votes—it’s so much more tempting for party players to take that initiative. What prevents it? Anything?

            Turnover offers a one-volume shortcut to a plausible understanding of all those issues. How? Using real news events, real polling data, and real campaign activities, Turnover overlays fictional characters to play key parts in the political drama of 2012. By compressing nine months of activity into 350 pages, a reader will re-live the year in a rapid, entertaining way, and glimpse what could have driven the 2012 outcome—and what may determine the 2016 quaddrennial—if we do nothing.

            John P. Warren is a political observer with over thirty years of government and corporate experience. Turnover is available online at Amazon, iBooks, and B&N websites.

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