I’m sitting on a rotating office chair and munching on some stale popcorn. Smartfood of all things. It’s good, but it’s fiber, which means I’ll be squatting in the closet later. Since yesterday, nothing much has happened and it’s too quiet for me to be easy minded. At least when there’s a horde of scuffling dead passing by out in the parking lot, I can feel somewhat engaged with something. Boredom is killing me.
I spent some time yesterday evening opening the peepholes in here. I have two quarter-sized holes that I managed to drill in the front wall and two others against the backside of the building. I keep the main floor and the storage rooms in the back open so the air swishes through. The rain stopped, but it’s chilly still. I don’t have any blankets in here, but I do have plenty of bubble wrap which I’ve duct-taped into a heat-suit. It’s a little noisy when I sit down and pop a few, but it does the job.
I keep thinking about how all of this came to be. I never, never, NEVER imagined that our world could come to this.
Since I have some time, I suppose I can tell you a little bit about what happened.
It all began back in 2017 when Helen Clark was inaugurated as our 45th president. I’ve never been political, but I followed along because history was being made and she was the first female ever to get elected president in our history. The tallest glass ceiling finally shattered and everyone, including myself, cheered. She promised peace, prosperity and freedom for us all. It sounded good to me and I thought she was better than her opponent, a billionaire banker and philanthropist named Donavan Thorpe. Thorpe was a brash, outspoken and fearless man. He held huge rallies and attracted all the die-hard Americans who believed in the 2nd Amendment and the idea that America should be first. My parents, being immigrants and die-hard liberals, told me he was going to deport all non-white people. I remember a conversation I had with my father...
"Dad, what makes you think he's going to deport all non-white people?" I asked him while laughing.
"Marcus, don't you watch CNN? NBC? Don't you read the NY Times? " he said as he adjusted his glasses.
"You can't believe everything you see in the news Dad. Why are so many people going to his rallies? "
"Because they're all racist! That's why! They're bigots too." my father spat and I could see he was about to lose his temper.
"Okay. Well, then I guess vote for Helen Clark. She's all about diversity , right?" I asked, not quite sure if I should keep pressing the old man. I didn't want him to have stroke.
"Yes, son. We have to support her because if he wins, we're all doomed."
That was that. I stopped tuning into Donovan Thorpe's speeches. He later lost in a landslide getting only 115 electoral votes. I didn’t vote because frankly, I simply didn’t care, but I didn’t mind the fact that Helen won, mainly because I wanted to see a woman be president.
Well, it turns out, (and the media never talked about it) Helen, our newly elected president, had a long history of corruption, fraud and other nefarious things. Huge corporations and foreign governments donated almost two billion dollars to her campaign. I don't recall that she had big turn-outs of people at her rallies and I really don’t know how she won so big. Donovan Thorpe claimed the election was rigged, but it’s irrelevant at this point.
She managed to get a lot done in her first 100 days. She came out with a bang and passed legislation which gave us free healthcare, free college and a $15 minimum wage. Not so bad, right? Wrong.
The Federal Government paid for everything, but not really because the money they used to pay for it came out of taxpayers' pockets and this led all the working-class citizens into a rage which erupted in protests all over the country. The news barely covered it and they continued to praise President Clark's "changing America". For millennials, life was good and it was hard to argue with them against free college. The unemployed folks loved the food stamps, monthly cash allowances and free healthcare, while the minimum wage workers at places like MacDonald's made just as much money as people with bachelor's degrees. Getting free things sounded like a wonderful idea, but as we learned afterward, it wasn't really a possibility. I hate to admit it now, but the conservatives were right, Thorpe was right, but unfortunately it was too late to do anything about it.
After all these handouts went into effect, taxes had to be significantly raised and inevitably all the high-wage jobs were driven down. Since our borders were open for all to come into the country, the legal US citizens were forced to bid against them to work which resulted in less and less hours and pay. Meanwhile, our military bombed the middle-east constantly, creating enormous problems for the people who lived there. We nearly went to war with Russia, China and North Korea, but our allies kept them from launching any attacks. Through all the carnage, the US was forced to raise our intake of refugees by 1000%. Soon, Americans were unable to foot the bill and many lost their jobs. The big companies unable to keep up with healthcare costs and inflated taxes fled the country due to insolvency. Smaller businesses had to shut their doors completely because they simply couldn’t foot the bill for the minimum wage, employee health insurance and again, the heightened taxes. In effect, our population grew, but our jobs disappeared.
In other words, we became almost a total and complete welfare state by year end 2017.
In 2018, one-third of the people in this country were on welfare, and there were another 25 million undocumented immigrants and refugees on it as well. Things really got bad when the big global corporations cut more jobs after they perfected robotic manufacturing, distribution and customer service. As a result, the unemployment rate spiked to record levels and forced tens of millions of Americans to give up their land and houses. The “middle-class” folks downgraded to “poor people” as endless millions of families were foreclosed upon and robbed of their possessions thanks to ever increasing tax debts set upon them. People were not happy and the idea of America being the "Land of the Free" quickly changed in meaning to be "Land of the Free Handouts".
For some people everything that was happening was great! Hollywood, Social Networks and Smartphone companies boomed because people could only get satisfaction by plugging into their electronics. Nobody could afford to go out, so they simply sat at home and "plugged in." The virtual reality revolution brought movies into 3D, video games into 3D and online shopping was as real as shopping at the mall. It was crazy and kind of cool at the same time. Kids didn't go outside anymore. Parents were too broke to go anywhere. The mental health field made out like bandits. They went from a billion-dollar-a-year industry to a trillion-dollar-a-year industry. Part of our "free healthcare system" was that people were forced to submit to mandatory mental health checks every 6 months. Apparently, EVERYONE was suffering from depression and anxiety and were required to take pills. Also, if you were diagnosed with depression or anxiety or bipolar or whatever... you went on the "No Firearms List" and could no longer legally purchase a gun.
Time moved on and the conservative people became more and more angry, while the liberal-minded folks became complacent. The inner-cities became war-zones. Crime shot up to record levels and midway through 2018, there were so many gun deaths that congress passed a gun ban that made it next to impossible to own a gun. Anyone with a "mental disorder" (and there were thousands of new ones) were required by law to sell their guns or go to prison. This was not very popular and led to a mini civil war breaking out in the south and in Texas. Thousands died as a result. Watching the news everyday had me sick to my stomach. I’d talk to my dad and ask him how he was doing and all he’d say was, we should have voted for Thorpe. Luckily, my parents worked in the medical field and weren’t impacted by what was named, “The greatest depression ever.” However, to hear my father say, "we should have voted for Thorpe" had my mind spinning.
When the crime rate spiked the prisons became a booming industry. The corporations were erecting private prisons all over the country and they made billions of dollars getting free labor from inmates. Eventually, people didn’t mind being locked up because prison life was better than being homeless and so many people committed crimes just to get in.
All the while, I kept hearing stories about “The Patriotic Alliance” or TPA. It was a group led by Donovan Thorpe. He started his own TV network that all the regular networks were calling Fake News. He’d get on camera and tell people that the country was going to hell and that people needed to form a resistance. The media and White House tried to designate him a traitor and a fascist, but his vast wealth, followers and connections kept him out of their grip.
Not long ago, Thorpe rallied and organized millions of patriots to bring down the Democratic party and stop the destruction of America. The mainstream media painted him and them as monsters trying to destroy America, but my gut sense told me I should find out what they were saying. That’s how I learned that everything happening in our country was not happening by accident. That’s how I discovered the truth. The lead spokesman for Thorpe and The Patriotic Alliance was an alternative media reporter named Alfred Jones and he had a wide following. Daily, he would discuss what he called the "New World Order" and the plan they had to make everyone on earth a slave. He went on and on and on about “Agenda 27.”
I could not deny that America was falling. I could see it everywhere I looked. Clearly, people were just giving up. Out-of-Business signs were everywhere and I'm actually surprised that the Staples I'm in today, never closed. There were many people standing against the broken system and I didn’t do anything. I was too afraid and I really just wanted to get through my final semester at school. After all, there were still bars, restaurants and coffee shops and what not, but the bulk of manufacturing plants and many retail shops were gone forever.
There was however, a slight glimmer of hope when President Clark came out in July 2018 to talk about the Free Housing Act which would give everyone room and quarters. Yeah, I know... more free stuff, how can that be a good thing, right? Well, it was presented as a means to stimulate the economy and she initiated a three-trillion-dollar infrastructure plan that created temporary jobs all over the country. Good jobs too! Many people enlisted and before you knew it people were building skyscrapers all across the country which would apparently be used to house everyone who needed a place to live. They called it the "Beehive Expansion" because the structures were formed like beehives. Each "hive" fit a family up to four and the kitchens and bathrooms were shared on each floor.
I thought it was a good idea, but--- I hear something…
Oh SHIT! Someone is pounding on the front door and screaming LOUDLY… be back later.
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