Nightmare

Well, the day has finally come … we will be leaving first thing in the morning to find our new home.  It has been a nearly two-year process, trying to find a nation that would accept refugees from the U.S., so hated in the world is this nation.  Who would have believed a short ten years ago, when Master Trump won the 2016 election, that it would come to this?  Sure, we knew he was inept and inexperienced, but we all thought he wouldn’t last the first four years, let alone stay in office for ten full years!

We applied for asylum first in the UK, for we have many friends there, but after Trump’s unsuccessful attempt to assassinate members of the royal family there, all Americans are persona-non-grata in the United Kingdom.  Next, we tried Australia, but ever since those fateful fires in the early 2020s, their economy has been suffering and they simply cannot afford to take on refugees, for they struggle to feed their own people.  We tried Mexico but were told “¡Vaya con el Diablo!” We petitioned France, but they stopped accepting refugees from the U.S. after Master Trump had the Statue of Liberty re-carved with his image in place of Lady Liberty’s and renamed it after himself.

And just last week, when we had lost hope of being able to flee the terror that is now our waking nightmare, we received a letter from the Canadian government telling us that we would be welcomed in Canada. We will have only 90 days to prove ourselves useful by finding gainful employment, else we will be sent packing. I am not worried, for I think we will be able to find jobs, even if only in some fast food restaurant. The alternative would be unthinkable and would almost certainly lead to our execution, or at least mine.  Now our only concern is getting across the border tomorrow night.

thought-policeMany have criticized my comparisons of the U.S. today to Germany of the 1930s, but in many ways, this is even worse.  Technology and the age of electronic spying have led to a complete loss of privacy.  Remember Orwell’s 1984 when he wrote of the ‘thought police’?  That is exactly what today’s world is, at least here in the U.S.  So far, I have been arrested four times for my writing that was critical of the government.  The last time, what I wrote was in a private email to a friend, and within 30 minutes of sending that letter, the police were pounding on my door.

If only people had listened back in 2016, or even 2020 … if only people had voted the madman out back when we still had a chance.  We no longer have elections, no longer have a voice in government.  We no longer have an independent media … all information, such as it is, is now disbursed by state-run media outlets and carefully censored.

In nearly every city, new prisons are being built to house the political dissidents, those of us who remember what it was like to have freedom of speech and who continue to speak out.  There are near-daily executions … very public executions, intended to serve as a lesson for those of us who still think we are allowed to have a voice.  “Master Trump” as we must call him now, allows for no differing opinions, and all privileges are only for those who wholeheartedly support him.  Our grocery stores are state-run and one must show a valid state ID to even buy food.  Many of us have taken to growing vegetables in our small yards in order to survive, for the amount and quality of food available to those of us who are not wealthy is poor.

Thankfully, I don’t have young children or grandchildren, for the schools are now segregated by level of wealth, with the average person’s children receiving only the barest of education, and by age 16 being expected to enlist in the military.  For a time, I was teaching the neighborhood children in my own home, the lessons of history and government, but once I was discovered, I was no longer allowed to have children in my home.  The history books that are used in the schools are all new … history has been revised by Master Trump – a ‘man’ who has never read a history book in his life.  It is whatever he says it is on any given day.

Well, I must go pack the meager bit that I will be able to carry to cross the border tomorrow night.  We will be driving up to the Canadian border during daylight, find a place to rest for a few hours, then crossing the border on foot with only a backpack each to carry our belongings.  I hope it is a good sign that tomorrow starts a new year – 2027 – and hopefully a new life for me and the girls.  Wish us lu – who is that pounding on the door at this hour of the ni …………………..

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70 thoughts on “Nightmare

  1. I swear with that solution the Freedom Fighters have been giving you, you’ve somehow hooked up to Trump’s brain.These are all the things you knew he would want. All his supporters spying on their family and friends and people being turned in to one of Trump’s goon squads. It’s great that Canada will accept you but I wish they hadn’t done so by email. Those can be read by Trump’s people. Already the education set up suits the wealthy and dissidents are to be found working down his mines on (once) public land. New jails have been built for other dissidents where they will work on making items for sale to help with the cost of housing them.
    I shall be round to see you before you go to the border Jill. Jill, Jill, are you still there?
    Cwtch

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    • Hi … it’s me, Boo, short for Booker T Washington. Us moggies are da only ones left. Bad men came and taked Gwammie an’ mom-mom an’ Goose away somewhere. We’re hungwy … can you come feed us? 🙀🙀🙀🙀🙀
      Cwtch

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  2. You correctly invoke 1984. Although that was fiction it was, like your post, firmly based in historical experience – under, first, Hitler and, then, Stalin. And there was aman called Cromwell whose evangelical instincts wreaked havoc in England and Ireland in the mid 17th century.

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    • Quite true … these are frightening times, stressful times, but it’s not like there is no precedent, for as you point out, there are plenty. The main differences today, I think, are technology and climate change. We don’t have time to play around with climate change, and technology has made the world much more connected, such that what affects one nation will have an effect on others, as well. And, everything is in real time today . There used to be a saying, “If a tree falls in the forest and nobody’s around to hear it, did it make a sound?” Today, if a tree falls in a forest, the satellites will pick it up and the whole world will hear it within about 7 seconds!

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    • By himself, I don’t think he could, either. But, the thing is that he has surrounded himself with sycophants who, either out of self-interest or out of fear, support and protect him no matter what. He sets fire to the Constitution, and they defend him. He abuses the power of his office to the detriment of all, and his sycophants support him and claim he is great. He has already changed the nature of the presidency such that it is far more autocratic than at any time since WWII, and the more he is criticized, the bolder he gets. And then, as you say, the Republican Party as a whole seems to have no conscience, no integrity. A dangerous combination.

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      • If it was just him, then the whole thing would be scary, but necessarily short-lived. The real problem may be that the Republican Party has been completely changed – corrupted. This seems likely to outlive his presidency and even if the next president is a Democrat, sooner or later there will be a new Republican president, who at this stage looks likely to be even worse than the big orange baby.

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  3. Not to worry, Jill. I just announced in my latest post that I am running for Pres, and if only half of my hundreds of millions of blog followers in the U.S. vote for me, Trump will be nothing more than a bad dream in 2021.

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    • I just had to go see for myself, and I left a comment telling you how I would help and that you have my vote! You have hundreds of millions of followers? Wow … I’m impressed! In 8 years, I’ve only got just over 3,000, and only about 50 who actually read my posts! Let me know how I can assist your campaign!

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      • Thanks, Jill. Regarding my hundreds of millions of followers, let’s just call it a slight exaggeration compared to some of The Donald’s claims. No doubt, I’ll soon have billions of followers as my fame grows as head of the Fair And Respectful Treatment party (I won’t mention the acronym because it stinks).

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  4. Doesn’t sound farfetched! But long before your nightmare comes true, we will see civilisation collapse world wide. Most people are not aware how fast the environment is changing… Mar-a-lago will be swept away! Canada won’t be a safe haven. Nowhere will.

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  5. Jill, whew. Plausible, but unlikely. My feeling is he would be physically removed from the office or locked out when he goes to one of his homes.

    It is inperative that Democrats get out and vote even if the candidate is not in their top five. If people value their planet, they must vote out this corrupt and untruthful man.

    By the way, the most valued leader of the free world is hosting peace discussions for Libya. Her name is Angela Merkel. Keith

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  6. Hello Jill. Really eerie. You are so correct. I just posted how fast it has happened in another country. In less than 9 years they went from a democracy to a total authoritarian controlled dictatorship where the people suffer and the wealthy suck every cent they can from the government treasury. I look at Egypt, a once thriving secular democracy now an authoritarian theocratic dictatorship with no human rights, no free media, and everything in your nightmare happening today. The country I mentioned above, the program that started it on that path was from Steve Bannon and he has hoped to replicate it here. The government there is now totally white centered and non-whites are not citizens in the way whites are. This is happening world wide, these people are pushing for ethnostates as evangelical dominion’s are pushing for theocracies. This is the 1930’s all over again. I wonder who will write the history of this time. Hugs

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    • It can happen so quickly, and yet so slowly that people don’t realize … until it’s too late. My fear is that people in this country have become complacent, have faith that the Constitution will keep this nation relatively free forever, and frankly, Trump is trampling the Constitution every day, and neither Congress nor the Courts are stopping him. Let us hope people wake up before it’s too late! Hugs!!!

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  7. It’s a good story and a real nightmare except maybe it’s not a nightmare at all but prophetic in most ways. I’m sure if Trump loses it completely they will have a ready-made replacement – all dictatorships do that. My problem with the story is the part where Canada accepts Americans fleeing US persecution – won’t happen. Remember the Anschluss between Austria and Nazi Germany. Canada is nothing more than America’s compliant bitch, make no mistakes and there are likely as many Canadians who support Trump as there are Americans. I had a history teacher once who would say, quite accurately, “When America sneezes, Canada catches cold.” In any case extradition is in effect between American and Canadian police. If Canada defied US border crossing rules, assuming it even dared, it would be invaded in an eyeblink.

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    • I’m hoping it is not prophetic, and I’m certainly no great predictor … remember how I predicted that Trump didn’t stand a chance at winning in 2016? 🙄 And perhaps you are right about Canada … I’m not convinced, but you know your country better than I do. Sigh. Let us just hope it doesn’t come to that.

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  8. reading this, and then the comments, I thought “yes, this can happen”..it was almost predicted actually in an old star trek tv episode……..remember the nazi show? The figurehead was a drugged up to a robotic daze and the “party” had taken over. Scary but I could see it happening……..George and I have a get out of the country plan should the idiot succeed.

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  9. Very well written … and quite believable except for one thing. Do you really think tRumpsky will be able to hold his mental sh__ together to still be in charge in 2027? There are already signs of deterioration … imagine how it will be in another 7 years when he will be 81 years old? Surely by then, when he won’t even be able to form a complete sentence, the powers-that-be will finally realize their misguided attempts to keep him in office.

    But then again …

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    • Thanks Nan! Actually, I doubt he has the mental capacity to stay in office now, if people weren’t holding him up and preventing catastrophe. I think that his hand-picked staff, certain members of Congress, and others who have a vested interest would be calling the shots, while all the while letting him take credit. Hell, he cannot talk in coherent sentences now! He stutters, stumbles, mispronounces words, and repeats himself ad nauseam. Sigh. No, I don’t necessarily think it is coming to that, but I think we damn well better vote him out in November, because I don’t want to have to find out.

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    • I’m hoping it remains fiction too, my friend. It just came to me while brushing my teeth this morning, and practically wrote itself. And … I didn’t mention it in the post, but you and Anne had invited us to stay with you until we got on our feet! 😉

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        • It just hits me every now and then … like, maybe twice a year, and my fingers pound the keyboard for a thousand words or so, then I’m done and the inspiration doesn’t come back for several months, usually. It seems that it can’t be forced, but has to just come on its own. Sigh. Oh, and what is this “spare time” of which you speak? Is this some new thing? Where can I buy some? 😉

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          • I’d love to sell you some, Jill – heavily discounted, of course! I understand what you’re saying about the inspiration. Many Indie authors write short stories and novellas as opposed to full-length novels. Those options might be worth considering. Perhaps you can use the next appearance of the angel Inspiration to outline a story and then write it later… in that spare time we discussed earlier.

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            • Ah yes … thank you so much for the generous discount! The check is in the mail, and I am eagerly awaiting the package containing my spare time. I do hope it doesn’t get held up at Customs as my insulin seems to have done!

              I have to wonder what it says about me that on those rare occasions I do have a bout of inspiration, my stories are always dark … very dark, like this one. Does it say that I have a very dark side that just doesn’t show up most days, or that so much angst builds up over the course of time that it needs a vent, an outlet?

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    • I, too, hope it remains naught but a figment of my imagination! Thank you for the high praise! As a rule, I cannot write fiction … it just doesn’t work for me. Every now and then, though, I get a burst of inspiration.

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