What Came First
Somewhere in Kansas, U.S.A.
President Elliott leaned forward, elbows on the
lectern, as he counted off the steps taken prior to his election two years ago. He had already been speaking two hours over
his scheduled time. “To summarize, we eliminated ninety percent of the prisons’ populations, and reduced healthcare
spending by cutting off care at age ninety, no matter the alleged ‘spirit’ of anybody’s granny. We withdrew
our forces from all involvement outside of our own perimeters and dropped Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Philippines,
Cuba, Alaska and Hawaii along with all our territories. Being no longer reliant on fossil fuels, we removed dependence on
any foreign country.” He paused to throw his hands in the air. “And yet, we remain a third
world economy with people dying in the streets from not only violence, but starvation, a situation not to be tolerated!”
Charles Guzman raised his hand and spoke without
waiting to be recognized. “But our churches are full, Mr. President. God and righteousness are on our side!”
The other ten men and one woman in the room snickered.
The House Minority Leader had become more of a laughingstock than a recognized national leader.
Elliott raised a hand to silence them. “The gentleman is
right. However they do not go to church to worship a non-existent god, they go out of desperation for a sense of community.”
“And to keep their names at the top of
the food pantry lists,” Vice President Fleming chortled.
“Nothing wrong with that,” the president responded with a smile before turning his attention
back to Guzman. “You will have an opportunity to exercise your ideas. You will have your role to play, but you will
do it in your own private reserve. We have isolated portions of a former Native American reservation along with one major
city for your use.”
he could intimidate with his piercing glares, Elliott kept his eyes on Guzman several seconds longer than necessary. Once
Guzman’s shoulders relaxed, he returned to the topic at hand.
“We have our best scientists, analysts and the military lined up and ready to move.
If you have done your homework, everything will go smoothly. I suggest you go in to dinner and then return to your respective
shelters for the duration. Keep communications open throughout the event. I shall not join you because I want to be in my
new capital before morning, stationed at command headquarters.”
He left the room, collected his bodyguards and strode out onto the runway for his last
journey across the United States of America, a country soon to be divided and therefore conquered. He smiled as he climbed
the steps into the giant aircraft.