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The flag of the great state of Texas. Source:

BETWEEN THE LINES: I truly intended to steer clear of politics for this column. However, when I read about the secession effort set in motion this week in states that, by and large, voted for Mitt Romney, and then quickly spread in a few days, it induced me to stick my two cents into the fray as our nation becomes more sharply divided.

Have you heard about this post-Obama re-election foolishness? It’s even more outrageous than the lame excuses offered by embittered losers Mitt Romney, who said Obama gave gifts to liberal constituencies, and Paul Ryan, who said the urban vote hurt them. It’s even crazier than when Karl Rove went ballistic on election night and stubbornly refused to accept the Ohio voting results on the Fox News Channel.

The secession movement started in Texas — the reddest state — and, as of November 15, approximately 100,000 Lone Star residents had reportedly signed petitions requesting the peaceful withdrawal of their state from the union. Small numbers of citizens from every other state, including New York, quickly joined the movement and signed similar petitions asking to secede. Residents of a few states without a petition cheerfully signed one from another state.

They may do everything big in Texas, but this secession movement is hardly one of ’em. One hundred thousand is a drop in the bucket compared to the 26 million people in the nation’s second most populous state.

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BETWEEN THE LINES: The presidential campaign stretched out for 18 months, yet it seemed longer — a lot longer.

I’ve had my fill of annoying attack ads. At least we won’t have to see those fact-skewing, derogatory commercials — until local campaigns emerge less than a year from now.

I’m also fed up with constant robocalls. Why is it that political calls are exempt from “Do Not Call” lists? And don’t give me that free speech explanation. That’s just a flimsy excuse when self-serving representatives fashion expedient legislation to exempt themselves, yet block solicitations from private businesses.

One thing this election demonstrated was that the nation’s melting pot population is more diverse than ever — and must be given attention. While the Democratic Party got an overwhelming majority of the minority vote, it’s going to have to work hard to maintain that base and not just count on it as their base for years to come. On the other hand, though the Republican Party is far from being washed up, as long as the GOP adheres to its horse-and-buggy manifesto, it’s likely to remain losers for years to come.

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BETWEEN THE LINES: For habitual readers of this column, it should come as no revelation as to who my preference is in Tuesday’s presidential election.

Over the last three or four months, there’s nothing former Governor Mitt Romney or Rep. Paul Ryan did to convince me to change my mind. (I’d still rather be blue than red.) As a matter of fact, most of what they or their obstructionist Republican colleagues uttered only solidified my incentive for President Barack Obama to serve another four years.

Barack Obama is the only choice, if we hope to move forward and not revert to stale Republican policies that generated the chaos — overseas and nationwide — that we’re in today.

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BETWEEN THE LINES: When Mitt Romney became the Republican’s designated presidential nominee following his victories in the spring primaries, the party’s conservative wing seemed as lukewarm about the former governor as they were four years ago for maverick Senator John McCain. In a calculated move to counterbalance his moderate credentials, and emulating what McCain did four years ago, Romney chose Congressman Paul Ryan, a Tea Party favorite, as his vice presidential running mate.

But even that didn’t seem to matter much because, after weeks of campaigning, until the first presidential debate, Romney trailed or was tied in nearly every poll. As a matter of fact, in the days leading up to the Denver debate, a lack of enthusiasm clouded the GOP.

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Jack Nacmias' Sunoco gas station on Coney Island Avenue and Avenue V. Source: Google Maps

The rising price of fuel at a Sheepshead Bay service station is serving as a national litmus test for the 2012 presidential race, according to the owner of the station.

“Those numbers on the gas price window are better than the Gallup poll,” said Sunoco station owner Jack Nacmias, pointing to the sign that reads $3.99 for a gallon of regular fuel.

“The higher it gets the lower Obama’s numbers will fall by Election Day. I got four voting booths that people vote at with their wallets at every single day here on what I call the corner of Coney Island Ave. and the Strait of Hormuz.”

In an interview with The Daily News’ Denis Hamill, Nacmias — who says he “make[s] less, not more when gas goes up” — tells the columnist that he sells anywhere from 100-120,000 gallons a week and makes 10 to 12 cents a gallon at the station on the corner of Coney Island Avenue and Avenue V.

“From that I pay eight salaries, workman’s comp, insurance, electric, phones, supplies and other overhead. Yes, Iran, politics and the futures markets are killing us. But a lot of gas station owners are telling me they’re getting what’s called ‘short loaded.’ That means delivered only half their usual supply by the oil companies. When the price goes up another dime overnight the oil company delivers the rest.”

Iran, politics and the futures markets… that’s Nacmias’ opinion. What about yours? Who or what do you feel is the reason, or reasons, behind the skyrocketing cost of fuel, here at home, and around the nation?

(The Barack Obama Presidential Election Campaign Website – Partial Screenshot)

This morning, it’s hard to sleep. I, like millions of others all over this country – and all over the world, for that matter – are thinking of and celebrating our New Day of Change. Even in our little corner of the world, our eyes are twinkling with thoughts of a New Day in Sheepshead Bay.

We enjoy this moment and think of the future when our twinkling eyes will need to blink from its fixed gaze upon ‘our Obama’ and the hard work will begin. Whether you chose to go (literally, “to go”) with McCain or whether you chose Obama, our new President will be sworn in come the New Year.

Now that Senator Barack Obama has been chosen as the one to lead us, no one can afford to forget what he has asked us to do with him. Obama is intelligent and skilled. He and his supporters ran a great campaign and we are all eagerly waiting to see who will make up his cabinet. They will work hard to come up with new plans and ideas to make the United States of America into a better, more unified nation. But, even with all the intelligence and know-how, and even with a stellar administration, it will be up to us to put those plans into action at the community level.

Learn more about our responsibilities after the jump.
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