The Mega Foundation
July 14, 2004
Well. it's now official. The Bush administration is seeking authorization to
postpone the November presidential election. I don't think this request
would have been floated if the intent weren't to soften up the public for a
suspension of the Constitution. I now believe that the administration will at
least attempt to sidestep the election, and to gradually assume dictatorial
powers. This administration has been characterized by seeking approval for its
actions, but in the end, doing what it intends to do. Some Congressional leaders
may express indignation over this idea, but it will quietly move ahead, and the
trap will be sprung when the time is ripe.
What follows is purely hypothetical.
If Neocon policies were to become the law of the land, a simple extrapolation would suggest:
(1) Resurrection of the military draft:
(2) Invasion of Iran and North Korea;
(3) Invasion of Syria; and
(4) Eventual war with China.
Financial burdens on U. S. citizens would continue to increase, with a falling standard of living, but that's a burden that all must bear in the prosecution of the endless War on Terror.
One of the questions that arises is: who would allow this to happen? Congress? My question would be: who would stop it? Congress? What would it take to convince members of Congress that they'd better not rebel? And given a (fake) major "terrorist attack" on the United States, who would dare risk the wrath of an inflamed public?
This is the adult equivalent of the nice man who offers the two-year-old a piece of candy if she'll follow him to his car where he keeps the candy.
Are we stupid enough to be gulled by such a con? What do you think?
Here's one take on our current situation.
In the long term, one might, perhaps, expect a nuclear war, with the United States and Israel on one side, and the Free World on the other. This would satisfy scriptural prophecy, as described in the cult-based, eschatological doctrine of the Second Coming of Christ, with a final battle between East and West in the Valley of Armageddon*.
* - This is anathema to right-wing, fundamentalist Chritian churches. They maintain that the time of the Second Coming is unknown, and that it would be blasphemy for mere mortal man to interfere in God's plans. (Of course, if you think God is personally guiding you, you might have another agenda.) These "Left Behind" ideas are attributed to Jehovah's Witnesses, and not to more-orthodox denominations. Or so I'm told.
July 12, 2004
What Comes Over the Internet
It's hard to know what to make of what comes to you over the Internet. Anyone and everyone can post whatever they like over it, and this is, after all, an election year. This is an article that a friend sent today.
I have fictionalized it below.
Election-Related Terrorist Attacks on U. S. Soil
It happened on Sunday afternoon, October 31, 2004... Halloween... two days before the 2004 presidential election. A 737 taking off from Washington National Airport veered off-course over the Potomac River, and, flying a few hundred feet above the ground, crashed into the dome of the U. S. Capitol Building, virtually destroying it. The co-pilot had been describing to the control tower the crew's frantic efforts to get their aircraft under control. Ground-to-air anti-aircraft missiles couldn't be deployed because (it was claimed later) the plane was flying so low and it all happened so fast that they couldn't be used for fear of doing certain damage to the Smithsonian, the Rayburn Building, etc,. and because it was hoped that this was a legitimate malfunction rather than an al-Qaida attack. (After all, the co-pilot wasn't an al_Qaida agent.)
Simultaneously, in Chicago, a "dirty bomb" exploded, scattering radioactive dust over a several-block area near the Sears Tower.
That night, the government postponed the election until order could "again be restored and security assured". The following day, a nervous and furious Congress met in the Rayburn Building and enacted legislation suspending certain key provisions of the Constitution, and proclaiming the nation to be in a state of emergency. That night, President Bush addressed the nation, announcing that the country was indeed engaged in a war on terror, and that it would remain on red alert until the immediate danger had passed. The President vowed that no effort would be spared to bring the cowardly perpetrators of these vicious deeds to the bar of justice.
Elections were re-scheduled for Tuesday, November 16.
On Friday, November 12, another attack occurred, this time in the form of four truck explosions in the Holland and Lincoln tunnels and on the George Washington and Varrazano Narrows Bridges, all but isolating Manhattan and the other islands from the mainland. This time, the President declared martial law and postponed the election indefinitely.
Of course, there were domestic mutterings, and foreign claims, that these atrocities were staged by the Bush Adminstration to bypass the Constitution, like the Third Reich's staging of Polish attacks on its Polish-border German radio stations, but the public was in no mood to entertain conspiracy theories. When questions arose over why these attacks had been so successful, there were rumors intimating that if possibly this weren't the work of al-Qaida, possibly the CIA was behind this in retaliation for the firing of George Tenet, and for other perceived wrongs.
Foreign media sources were somewhat circumspect since the United States might prove to be a dangerous enemy.