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Before you vote for president tomorrow, you need to know more than just the surface images created by campaign strategists.

It all comes down to words and interpretations.

Is it simply the sort-of-average black guy vs. rich, privileged white guy?

For many, it is and much campaign rhetoric as interpreted via the media has reinforced that pat conclusion.

It makes for an easy decision for people too lazy, too dumb or too partisan to consider any other issues.

But before you vote tomorrow, consider:

Have you heard of Benghazi?

If not, why not?

Have you heard that in that Libyan city, the U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens, agent Sean Smith and former Navy SEALs Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods were killed in a seven-hour-plus attack on the U.S. Consulate by al-Qaida insurgents?

Do you know that cables and e-mails have been released that show without doubt that the ambassador and the others repeatedly wired the White House and other top officials with frantic requests for assistance, protection and back-up in the attack by insurgents?

If not, why not?

Do you know those calls for help were denied at least three times by top administration officials – and that would include Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, and ultimately, the man himself, the president of the United States, Barack Obama. He and he alone can give permission for the military to cross international borders to engage in a military operation.

Do you know Obama did not give that permission and there apparently is a tape, not released by the White House, that shows those people and others at the top levels of this administration, monitored the attack in real time on video and did nothing to help save the lives of those four men.

Do you know the battle lasted more than seven hours and the two SEALs fought individually against a high-powered military attack on the consulate and ultimately were killed?

If you don’t know this – why?

I’ll tell you why: The so-called “mainstream media” have virtually ignored the event and the details.

They’ve only perpetuated the stories by Obama, Clinton, Panetta, U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice and others that the attack was because of a video that supposedly offended Muslim sensitivities.

Do you know this attack took place on 9/11 – the same day that in 2001, militant Islamists attacked the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and attempted an attack on the U.S. Capitol?

Do you find it odd this administration didn’t provide extra security at the consulate on that particular date which is one of celebration for al-Qaida?

Did you hear Obama telling the media that, from the beginning, he told Americans everything he knew and that his immediate order was to provide whatever assistance was needed in Benghazi?

Do you know that evidence gathered over the two months since the attack shows that not only are those statements false, they are undoubtedly deliberately and intentionally untrue?

Remember “words”? Let’s try LIES. Street parlance, not diplomatic-speak. The Obama administration has lied to Americans with malice aforethought. There’s no way this coordinated effort to mislead was an accident – or, as some say, “the fog of war.”

Fog, my foot! It’s a deliberate smokescreen to mislead Americans as to the lack of willingness of this administration to protect Americans and indeed, the country.

Charles Woods, the father of Tyrone Woods, one of the dead SEALS, didn’t mince words, saying that all the people in the White House who could have sent in reinforcements but didn’t “are guilty of murdering my son” and “his blood is on their hands.”

Patricia Smith, the mother of Sean Smith, the dead State Department official, said, “I believe that Obama murdered my son.”

Lies, lies, deceptions and lies. This administration is rife with them.

Ever hear of illegal immigration? Ever hear that the border is safer now than ever before?

That’s what the Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano tells the media, and they dutifully report.

Do you know that the number of attacks on American citizens, the number of dead Americans, attacks on and destruction of private property, damage to businesses, extraordinary destruction of public lands, areas of this country off limits to Americans because of drug smuggler occupation, drug “highways” and human trafficking are all increasing.

Did you know that often the Border Patrol can only be armed with “bean-bags” (think agent Brian Terry, who was killed on duty) while the drug smugglers have military weapons, that hundreds of thousands of acres of border land is off limits to the Border Patrol allowing free passage for illegal activities?

Do you know any of this?

If not, it’s probably because the administration lies and the media cover for them.

Do you know about the recent killing of a Border Patrol agent and the wounding of another? The “official” explanation is “friendly fire” – if so, it’s the first time in 40 years.

Any cursory reading of the changing media reports of various official statements raises suspicions it’s another cover-up with administration sanction.

How about “Fast & Furious” – an administration plan carried out by Attorney General Eric Holder and the Justice Department that allowed unlimited weapon purchases by drug dealers to carry the guns to Mexico? Those guns killed hundreds of innocent Mexicans and also killed agent Brian Terry – whom you will recall, was “armed” with a beanbag.

Media virtually ignore this story while the administration stonewalls.

Whose blood is on whose hands here?

Do you know any of this?

You’ve seen the administration lies and covers-up. They allow others to take the fall for their mistakes and allow Americans to be killed, whether in war or at home.

Is Barack Obama the “president,” or a narcissistic coward?

In a just world, he would be impeached and tried for treason; he would not be re-elected.

I hope you know that.

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