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Opinion

November 9, 2012

'The alarm bells start to ring'

“Tuesday (Nov. 6) is one of the hot spots of the year; it’s the day of the U.S. presidential election and the day that Mercury reverses its direction ... an indication of a major wrench in the works. At the 2000 presidential election (Bush vs. Gore), Mercury was retrograde on the night of the election, and reversed itself the next day ... took 35 days before we knew who was the next president. If you fast-forward to this Tuesday at 6:04 p.m. EST, when Mercury is again on schedule to change direction, the alarm bells start to ring.”

— From Llewellyn’s 2012

Daily Planetary Guide

Every year, I buy my Planetary Guide at Salem’s Pyramid Books; one never knows when one might need some assistance understanding what’s happening in the universe. In this particular election year, astrology makes as much sense as anything else. Llewellyn isn’t telling me if Pisces Mitt Romney beats Leo Barack Obama, though.

As I write this column on Election Day, I’m not making any predictions, mostly because I don’t know anything. I’m ignoring all the polls; if I could make one change for the next election cycle, I’d abolish polling and focus groups, too. I’d make candidates run without anyone telling them how they are doing, so they might as well campaign on their real ideas and plans, regardless of how anyone is responding to them.

Two years ago, I was hoping for something definitive. However, the results were mixed: Nationally, the new tea party movement sent deficit hawks and reformers to Congress; here, we kept all the same congressmen, missed a chance to have Charlie Baker for our governor, but did elect some new pro-taxpayer legislators.

As for the presidency: I wrote then that I’d come to think the election of Barack Obama was a good thing. With the Republicans (before the tea party got their attention), we were heading down the slippery slope; with the Democrats, we went over the fiscal cliff. Election 2010: Time to bounce or go splat.

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