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By xkater | Posted April 8, 2011 | Mesa, Arizona 1
This is as valid now, as it was 2 years ago, maybe even more.
My first piece of fiction……………..April 7, 2011
It is 2017. President Trump and Vice President Palin have just celebrated the elimination of abortion in any form in the United States. In their speeches they also hinted at the soon-to-be completed mainstreaming of all homosexual persons through re-education and rehabilitation camps. (Run by Christian volunteers) Homes and apartments built after 2016 will not contain closets. Existing closets have to be inspected for content to flush out any remaining people hiding in them.
Because of limited government, the borders have been abandoned. The stream of immigrants is still a big problem. However, it is predicted to taper off as working conditions, wages and benefits no longer make this country as desirable as it used to be. The composition of the stream has also changed. Since most don’t come to work, they come to escape their country’s authorities, committing more crimes here. Others come to scavenge and to loot as that is a lot easier here now.
Starting with 2016 the number of public employees has been reduced to half on the average. People armed themselves, true, but they better sleep with their guns cocked and their ears perched, because one out of three households gets robbed. The criminal does prefer if you are gone, so if you must work, you need a job that you can do at home. So much for your freedom.
Because government has become very small, government buildings had to be sold to the highest bidder. Among the buyers were some foreigners, some big international corporations, the Chinese government, FOX and the bin Ladin family. Although some plan to use these buildings for manufacturing and services, they will bring their own workers, because we are producing fewer and fewer highly educated, highly skilled workers.
Taxes have decreased for corporations, so they like that. Besides, even if they cheat, we have nobody to enforce collection. Our environmental laws still exist, but if they are violated, we can’t enforce them for lack of personnel. Yeah this is ideal for business! If we attract business and business returns, we hope some jobs will still trickle down our way and we can start at $1.00/hour entry level. (They did away with the Minimum Wage.)
People tend to travel much less at this point, family vacations are virtually out, except for well to do families, but those are few and not visible. They tend to hide behind guarded, fenced reinforced compounds and use private security guards. Gasoline is $10/gallon when it is available. Nostalgically some people have started to travel by horse and carriage. Bicycles are used, but unsafe, because of too much crime.
Our roads, National Parks, State Parks, are in disrepair and our libraries are only open twice a week for lack of funding and lack of visitors. Hospitals are broke, most doctors have moved to the countries where their families originated, such as India, China, Mexico, Europe (various countries), Israel and other Middle East countries.
Our wars were to end for lack of funding, but the Defense and Arms industry took over and privatized the Military. They have joined the Black Water Group, but their pay did not increase to the level of Black Water’s, because they lacked seniority.
Powered by American entrepreneurships and ingenuity, the decaying parking lots and shopping centers are now used as swap markets, where people sell or exchange much needed items from household to ammunition. Joe the Plumber was peddling some of his pipe wrenches that he bought after he became famous. His pipes were not worth his asking price. His fittings were made of lead. Who knows how old all this stuff was!
Christine O’Donnell took up witchcraft (again), she was trying to turn five fish into 100, but she failed and had to return the money she had collected. She tried to RUN, but they got her.
FOX has bought up all of the media outlets, including the only weekly newspapers left in most towns. Christian FOX Radio can be heard from loud-speakers at street corners and swap markets. They now operate from several ex federal buildings that they had bought out, since the government became small. Right now they are praising Ms. Palin for her decision to have yet another baby, named Alaska, although Palin (and Alaska) may have been exposed to fish from radioactive waters near Fukushima. Congratulations, Ms. Palin.
So, what happened to Mr. Obama? Well, I will tell you that too. The Obama family has decided that he should accept an offer to be the leader of the Free and Developed World. This meant that he and countless others who share his views had immigrated to various countries that allowed them in, because the United States was no longer considered either free, or developed. It was a mere shadow of what it used to be. Every attempt Mr. Obama made at reversing the course this country took before he became president, was met with resistance, hatred, disbelief and political trickery.
The TEA Party people are a proud bunch though. They show that by displaying the Flag a lot. They are a free people, call their own shots, own many guns, have made good on reducing the size of government and privatizing health care. In fact, what few doctors still exist here, make house visits on bicycles. That’s Green! WOW! I am amazed!
Such is my vision of a United States of America where the TEA Party calls the shots and the Republican Party bows to them. I intentionally leave this essay open. I am full of hope that in your comments you add to it with creative and visionary zest.
Suggested additions might be about sick people, dead people, homeless people, internet, women, etc.