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A Look at the Future of America...

Discussion in 'Politics, Elections & Legislation' started by Brian in Oregon, Feb 12, 2011.

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  1. Brian in Oregon

    Brian in Oregon Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    Deplorable Bitter Clinger in Liberal La La Land
    Winston, come into the dining room, it's time to eat," Julia yelled to her

    "In a minute, honey, it's a tie score," he answered. Actually Winston
    wasn't very interested in the traditional holiday football game between Detroit
    and Washington . Ever since the government passed the Civility in Sports
    Statute of 2017, outlawing tackle football for its "unseemly violence" and the
    "bad example it sets for the rest of the world," Winston was far less of a
    football fan than he used to be. Two-hand touch wasn't nearly as exciting.
    Yet it wasn't the game that Winston was uninterested in. It was more the
    thought of eating another Tofu Turkey. Even though it was the best type of
    Veggie Meat available after the government revised the American Anti-Obesity Act
    of 2018, adding fowl to the list of federally-forbidden foods, (which already
    included potatoes, cranberry sauce and mince-meat pie), it wasn't anything like
    real turkey. And ever since the government officially changed the name of
    "Thanksgiving Day" to "A National Day of Atonement" in 2020, to officially
    acknowledge the Pilgrims' historically brutal treatment of Native Americans, the
    holiday had lost a lot of its luster.

    Eating in the dining room was also a bit daunting. The unearthly gleam of
    government-mandated fluorescent light bulbs made the Tofu Turkey look even
    weirder than it actually was, and the room was always cold. Ever since Congress
    passed the Power Conservation Act of 2016, mandating all thermostats-which were
    monitored and controlled by the electric company - be kept at 68 degrees, every
    room on the north side of the house was barely tolerable throughout the entire

    Still, it was good getting together with family. Or at least most of the
    family. Winston missed his mother, who passed on in October, when she had used
    up her legal allotment of life-saving medical treatment. He had had many heated
    conversations with the Regional Health Consortium, spawned when the private
    insurance market finally went bankrupt, and everyone was forced into the
    government health care program. And though he demanded she be kept on her
    treatment, it was a futile effort. "The RHC's resources are limited," explained
    the government bureaucrat Winston spoke with on the phone. "Your mother received
    all the benefits to which she was entitled. I'm sorry for your loss."

    Ed couldn't make it either. He had forgotten to plug in his electric car
    last night, the only kind available after the Anti-Fossil Fuel Bill of 2021
    outlawed the use of the combustion engines for everyone but government
    officials. The fifty mile round trip was about ten miles too far, and Ed didn't
    want to spend a frosty night on the road somewhere between here and there.
    Thankfully, Winston's brother, John, and his wife were flying in. Winston
    made sure that the dining room chairs had extra cushions for the occasion. No
    one complained more than John about the pain of sitting down so soon after the
    government mandated cavity searches at airports, which severely aggravated his

    Ever since a terrorist successfully smuggled a cavity bomb onto a jetliner,
    the TSA told Americans the added "inconvenience" was an "absolute necessity" in
    order to stay "one step ahead of the terrorists." Winston's own body had grown
    accustomed to such probing ever since the government expanded their scope to
    just about anywhere a crowd gathered, via Anti-Profiling Act of 2022. That law
    made it a crime to single out any group or individual for "unequal scrutiny,"
    even when probable cause was involved. Thus, cavity searches at malls, train
    stations, bus depots, etc., etc., had become almost routine. Almost.

    The Supreme Court is reviewing the statute, but most Americans expect a
    Court composed of six progressives and three conservatives to leave the law
    intact. "A living Constitution is extremely flexible," said the Court's eldest
    member, Elena Kagan. " Europe has had laws like this one for years. We should
    learn from their example," she added.

    Winston's thoughts turned to his own children. He got along fairly well
    with his 12-year old daughter, Brittany, mostly because she ignored him.
    Winston had long ago surrendered to the idea that she could text anyone at any
    time, even during Atonement Dinner. Their only real confrontation had occurred
    when he limited her to 50,000 texts a month, explaining that was all he could
    afford. She whined for a week, but got over it.

    His 16-year-old son, Jason, was another matter altogether. Perhaps it was
    the constant bombarding he got in public school that global warming, the bird
    flu, terrorism or any of a number of other calamities were "just around the
    corner," but Jason had developed a kind of nihilistic attitude that ranged
    between simmering surliness and outright hostility. It didn't help that Jason
    had reported his father to the police for smoking a cigarette in the house, an
    act made criminal by the Smoking Control Statute of 2018, which outlawed smoking
    anywhere within 500 feet of another human being. Winston paid the $5,000 fine,
    which might have been considered excessive before the American dollar became
    virtually worthless. The latest round of quantitative easing the federal
    government initiated was, once again, to "spur economic growth." This time they
    promised to push unemployment below its years long rate of 18%, but Winston was
    not particularly hopeful.

    Yet the family had a lot for which to be thankful, Winston thought, before
    remembering it was a Day of Atonement. At least he had his memories. He felt a
    twinge of sadness when he realized his children would never know what life was
    like in the Good Old Days, long before government promises to make life "fair
    for everyone" realized their full potential. Winston, like so many of his
    fellow Americans, never realized how much things could change when they didn't
    happen all at once, but little by little, so people could get used to them.
    He wondered what might have happened if the public had stood up while there
    was still time, maybe back around 2008, when all the real nonsense began.
    "Maybe we wouldn't be where we are today if we'd just said 'enough is enough'
    when we had the chance," he thought.

    Maybe so, Winston. Maybe so.

  2. Hawk46

    Hawk46 TS Member

    Jan 7, 2011
    This assumes we're all going to survive 12/21/2012. :)
  3. The Stive

    The Stive Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    Hey it sounds crazy but it could happen.I must add, if we let it happen.
  4. shelly

    shelly TS Member

    Jun 28, 2010
    It sure was funny and possibly only a tiny bit unrealistic.
  5. halfmile

    halfmile Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    Green Bay Wisconsin
    The interesting part is that the principal character in Orwell's "1984" was named Winston.

  6. capulona

    capulona TS Member

    Nov 28, 2010
    Save this post and revisit it in 10 years.
  7. Bisi

    Bisi TS Member

    Jan 29, 1998
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