What Happens If …

There are a number of opinion writers I greatly respect, and Charles M. Blow is in the top ten.  Mr. Blow writes for the New York Times and his work is most always level-headed and thoughtful.  Amid the many calls for impeachment to remove Trump from office, cooler heads must sometimes prevail.  In Blow’s column from December 2nd he explains why removing Trump from office is not a likely scenario, but would be the beginning of a new nightmare.

What Happens If …

The possibilities ahead in the Russia investigation suggest we are not reaching the end of a nightmare, but rather entering one.

Charles BlowBy Charles M. Blow

I no longer think that anyone in America, including Donald Trump’s most loyal supporters, can afford to put off the consideration of the central question of this administration: What if Donald Trump or those closest to him were compromised by the Russians or colluded with them?

There have always been those of us on the left who viewed his presidency as compromised, asterisk-worthy if not wholly illegitimate, because of the Russian interference.

A crime had been committed by Russia and Trump cheered the crime and used the loot thereof to advance his candidacy. That is clear.

The Russians made repeated attempts to contact people in Trump’s orbit and in some cases were able to meet with members of the team, as evidenced by the Trump Tower meeting. That is clear.

Members of Trump’s team were extremely interested in and eager to accept any assistance that the Russians could provide. That is clear.

And since assuming office, Trump has openly attempted to obstruct justice and damage or impede the investigation into what the Russians did and whether anyone in his orbit was part of the crime. That too is clear.

But for the people who support and defend Trump, this has already been absorbed andabsolved. They may not like it, but they are willing to overlook it. Indeed, they are so attached to Trump that his fortunes and his fate have become synonymous with theirs. There is a spiritual linkage, a baleful bond, between the man and his minions.

But what happens if the evidence that the investigation by the special counsel, Robert Mueller, uncovers reveals a direct link between Trump and the Russians? How do Trump’s boosters respond?

Last week, when Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about the timeline and the extent of Mr. Trump’s involvement in negotiations for a Trump Tower in Moscow, the political earth shifted.

If Trump was lying to or misleading the American people about his efforts to do business in Russia while running for president and the Russians knew — and presumably had evidence — that he wasn’t being completely honest and forthcoming, then he was compromised.

While it is by no means clear that the Russians ever used any information that they may have had to blackmail or otherwise pressure Trump, Cohen’s plea makes clear that they had the material to do just that.

This brings ever more clarity to Trump’s curious inclination to go soft on Russia condemnation, to take Russian President Vladimir Putin’s word over that of his own intelligence agencies, and to drag his feet in acknowledging that Russia attacked our election in 2016 and may continue to do so in the future.

How would Americans who support Trump now respond to evidence that Team Trump put their own personal and financial interests over the national interest? Would they break from their blind support and turn away from him and turn on him? How could they justify wearing the blinders for so long and countenancing so much? What language would they use to correct their complicity?

There is a precedent in the Nixon investigation. When the evidence of wrongdoing was clear and incontrovertible, people began to peel away, tails tucked and full of shame.

But that was a different time, one in which media wasn’t so fractured and partisan, before the advent of social media and our current dissociable mentalities.

Nixon had no propaganda arm. Trump has one. It’s called Fox News. There is little daylight between the network’s programming and the White House’s priorities. If Trump goes down, so too does Fox, in some measure. So the network has a vested interest in defending Trump until the bitter end, and that narrative-crafting could impede an otherwise natural and normal disaffection with Trump.

Furthermore, Trump does not strike me as a man amenable to contrition or one interested in the health and stability of the nation.

I expect Trump to admit nothing, even if faced with proof positive of his own misconduct. There is nothing in the record to convince me otherwise. He will call the truth a lie and vice versa.

I also don’t think that Trump would ever voluntarily leave office as Nixon did, even if he felt impeachment was imminent. I’m not even sure that he would willingly leave if he were impeached and the Senate moved to convict, a scenario that is hard to imagine at this point.

I don’t think any of this gets better, even as the evidence becomes clearer. I don’t believe that Trump’s supporters would reverse course in the same way that Nixon’s did. I don’t believe that the facts Mueller presents will be considered unassailable. I don’t believe Trump will go down without bringing the country down with him.

In short, I don’t believe we are reaching the end of a nightmare, but rather we are entering one. This will not get easier, but harder.

The country is about to enter the crucible. This test of our republic is without a true comparison. And we do not have a clear picture of how the test will resolve. But, I believe damage is certain.

Ahhhhh … What A Fool

The piece I am sharing with you today does not come from The Onion, though you would be forgiven for thinking so.  It is, rather, a tongue-in-cheek look at Donald Trump as per his interview on Fox ‘News’ with Chris Wallace last Sunday by Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank.

This is what happens when a stable genius leads a stupid country

By Dana Milbank, Columnist, November 19 at 7:35 PM

Dana Milbank

President Trump is surrounded by fools.

There’s that fool William H. McRaven, Special Operations commander of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, and the other fools in the U.S. military, who should have brought down bin Laden “a lot sooner,” because “everybody in Pakistan” — all 208 million of them — knew the terrorist leader was living in “a nice mansion.” Trump alone “predicted Osama bin Laden” in 2000 when “nobody really knew who he was.”(Were they waiting for Trump to give them bin Laden’s Zip code plus four?)

There are the fools in the CIA, who have concluded based on so-called evidence that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered last month’s killing of Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi. But Trump alone understands that we’ll never know the truth, because the crown prince denied involvement “maybe five different times.”

There’s that fool Chris Wallace at Fox News, who didn’t understand why Trump skipped Arlington National Cemetery on the Monday after Veterans Day after skipping a visit to a U.S. military cemetery in France two days earlier. But Wallace, if he were wiser, would have known Trump was “extremely busy on calls for the country” as well as “doing other things.”

There are the foolish Finns who, after Trump claimed Finland avoided forest fires because “they spent a lot of time on raking,” are now mocking him by posing with garden tools in the woods. But Trump knows Finnish forest-raking is real because Finland’s president, Sauli Niinisto, told him about it just last week (even if Niinisto can’t remember this).

Worst of all are the fools in California — people who insist on calling the fire-destroyed town there “Paradise” instead of “Pleasure,” as Trump prefers to call it — who assert that the fires were caused by drought instead of their own mismanagement. As Trump well knows, “there is no drought” in California and there is “plenty of water.”

No one has suffered as many fools as Trump has. But this is to be expected when a “very stable genius” leads a “stupid country.”

Trump knows “more about courts than any human being.” He knows “more about steelworkers than anybody.” He knows “more about ISIS than the generals do,” and “more about offense and defense than they will ever understand.” He knows “more about wedges than any human being that’s ever lived.” He even knows more about medicine than his doctor, dictating a doctor’s letter predicting he would be “the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency.”

How does Trump know so much about so many things? Explaining his disagreement with scientists on climate change, Trump told the Associated Press: “My uncle was a great professor at MIT for many years. Dr. John Trump. And I didn’t talk to him about this particular subject, but I have a natural instinct for science.”

Given Trump’s natural scientific instinct, you don’t need a B.S. from Trump University to know how frustrating it must be to be contradicted repeatedly by “experts” — some in his own administration!

The intelligence community unanimously believes that Russia meddled in the 2016 election, but Trump’s instinct says there’s no reason to disbelieve Russian President Vladimir Putin’s denials.

Satellite imagery shows that North Korea has enhanced its ability to launch missiles, but Trump says, “I don’t believe that.”

The scientific consensus supports the theory of climate change, but Trump says “it could very well go back” to cooling.

Trump’s instinct has led him to a number of scientific discoveries over time:

“The worst hurricanes were 50 years ago.”

Vaccines cause autism in “many” healthy children.

The flu shot is “totally ineffective.”

Exercise is unhealthy.

Coal is “indestructible.”

Windmills are a “killing field” for birds and can make people who live near turbines “go crazy after a couple of years.”

It’s okay to look directly at the sun during a solar eclipse.

California is “shoving” water out to sea “to protect a certain kind of three-inch fish.”

With such a high level of technical expertise, Trump waited 19 months into his presidency to name a White House science adviser. More than 1,000 members of the National Academy of Sciences accuse Trump of the “denigration of scientific expertise and harassment of scientists.”

But they don’t understand. Trump knows more about science than the scientists do.

And this is the problem with being surrounded by fools: Though Trump gives his presidency an “A-plus,” most Americans — about 60 percent — do not appreciate his brilliance.

He deserves better — and he should demand it. He should walk away, withdraw his excellence, maybe get a place in Pleasure — and leave us to suffer our own foolish “scientists” and “experts” and “facts.” That would really show us.

Deep breaths … lighten up … smile, for it is humour.  Any fool who rates himself an A+ when more than half the country, not to mention allies in other nations, hate him enough to wish to send him to Siberia, is a moron.

Shame On You, Donald Trump …

Once again, I find myself wanting to apologize for our ignorant, crude, ignominious, arrogant, brash, narcissistic so-called ‘president’ after he made a fool of not only himself, but of us all, when he was mistakenly allowed to travel to the EU over the weekend.  To all my friends & family across the pond … please forgive us for sending him, for we knew not what we were doing.

The occasion, for any who may not know, was to honour those who died in World War I on the 100th anniversary of the end of that war.  It was a solemn occasion, a time to set aside differences and come together to remember …

Trump started his trail of terror before even leaving Air Force One, when he tweeted an attempted insult toward Emmanuel Macron, President (in good standing) of France.  But it got worse.  His alleged purpose for traveling to Paris on Friday was to attend ceremonies marking the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.  The reality, as is always the case with Trump, was something else altogether, but that was his stated purpose.  But guess what?  It rained.Trump-rain-WWIIt rained.  Trump was afraid of a little bit of water.  I’ve often said I don’t think he bathes regularly, and this proves it!  All the other leaders who had gathered in Paris for the occasion attended …Prince Harry rainAngela Merkel braved the elements, as did Justin Trudeau, Emmanuel Macron, Britain’s Prince Harry, Spain’s King Felipe VI … even Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and Russia’s Vladimir Putin found time to attend, despite the rain.  Trump later claimed that the only reason he didn’t attend was that his motorcade would have disrupted roads.  SO WALK, YOU F***ING MORON!!!

General John Kelly and chairman of the joint chiefs of staff General Joe Dunford attended instead – apparently they didn’t need a ‘motorcade’. France WWI Centennial

Representative Don Beyer of Virginia hit the nail on the head:

“Millions died to protect the free world during WWI, and Trump can’t be bothered to honor their memories. Instead, he’s chosen to sit in a hotel and live-tweet Fox News. Just imagine if President Obama sat out a Veterans Day ceremony because of the rain …”

Just imagine, indeed.  But then, President Obama was … well, you know … African-American, and thus his every move was placed under a strong microscope and picked apart like the Christmas turkey.  Trump, on the other hand, is ugly white with layers of fat, acne, and a bad toupee, so he can do no wrong!  (Yeah, I’m pissed – what tipped you off?)

“It’s incredible that a president would travel to France for this significant anniversary — and then remain in his hotel room watching TV rather than pay in person his respects to the Americans who gave their lives in France for the victory gained 100 years ago tomorrow.” – David Frum, former speechwriter for President George W. Bush

Even Winston Churchill’s grandson, British Conservative MP Nicholas Soames, joined in the rebuke, saying, “They died with their face to the foe and that pathetic inadequate @realDonaldTrump couldn’t even defy the weather to pay his respects to The Fallen,” and adding that Trump is “not fit to represent his great country.”

“President@realDonaldTrump a no-show because of raindrops? Those veterans the president didn’t bother to honor fought in the rain, in the mud, in the snow — & many died in trenches for the cause of freedom. Rain didn’t stop them & it shouldn’t have stopped an American president.” – John Kerry, Vietnam War veteran and former Secretary of State

Macron-MerkelHowever, the best rebuke came from none other than French President Emmanuel Macron in this one sentence that is bound to become iconic …

“Patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism. Nationalism is a betrayal of patriotism by saying ‘our interests first, who cares about the others’, we erase what a nation holds dearest, what gives it life, what makes it great and what is essential: its moral values.”

Ooooohhhh … good one, Mr. Macron!!!  And then he went on …

“I do defend my country. I do believe that we have a strong identity. But I’m a strong believer in cooperation between the different peoples, and I’m a strong believer of the fact that this cooperation is good for everybody, where the nationalists are sometimes much more based on a unilateral approach and the law of the strongest, which is not my case.”

But at the end of the day, Trump did manage to find time for one world leader … his ol’ buddy …trump-putinPerhaps this, then, was his sole reason for spending millions of taxpayer dollars to travel abroad for the weekend?  Or perhaps it was to seek a relief from the heat of last week’s mid-term elections?  Either way, he once again wasted huge amounts of our money in order to do nothing more than embarrass us.  Shame on you, Donald Trump … Shame on you.

Just for a chuckle …

I’m sorely in need of a laugh … okay, I’ll settle for a chuckle … and figured perhaps you are too, so just for a laugh at the end of the day, I give you … Andy Borowitz …

Putin Loses Control of the House

Get Educated As To How Russian Trolls Operate In The USA To Suppress The Vote

There is a lot of talk these days about the Russian interference in our last (2016) election and that the intelligence community has already seen credible evidence that the Russians are also planning to inject their presence into our mid-terms in November. If you aren’t worried, you should be. But how, exactly, do the Russians influence the vote? That has been somewhat hazy to many, but friend Gronda has some clarification for us. Please take a few minutes to read this post and check out the short videos she includes. You won’t regret it! Thank you, Gronda, for all your hard work on this and for letting me share it!

Gronda Morin

1EarthUnited  who is a member of my blogging family has recently been taking on the personality of a Russian troll.


Until relatively recently, she would comment on my posts with a point of view of a conservative with conspiracy theory leanings. This was okay with me as she was representing a point of view of peoples who I know and am fond of, except we rarely go down that route of discussing politics when we get together. She has consistently exhibited a strong antipathy towards the 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to where she would refer to old conspiracy theories which have been debunked numerous times by credible fact-checking sites. Again, for me this was nothing new. She would use references that are rated high in fake content like WND, Horn news. (FOX TV, Infowars, Breitbart) are examples of right wing media outlets that are also rated high…

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From ‘Alternative Facts’ to Rewriting History in Trump’s White House

Just two days ago, I wrote a post about ‘alternative facts’, aka lies.  I didn’t plan to revisit the topic this soon, but I came across an excellent editorial written by Jon Sopel, the North American editor for BBC, that confirms my take on the subject and provides some additional food for thought.  I share with you his words …

jonsopelIt is time we sit and talk about truth and transparency.

Every now and then a few disparate things collide, and suddenly you see a pattern. And I don’t want this blog to come across as faux naïve. I’ve covered politics for long enough to know that politicians will try to shape and mould truth to best suit their purposes, to allow them to weaponise the facts that will give them greatest advantage.

And I know that politicians love transparency when it best suits them. But in the past two weeks, a line has been crossed.

Let me start with something seemingly minor. I was listening to the president and Theresa May at their news conference in the Chequers garden when Donald Trump, talking about Brexit, suddenly made the statement that he had predicted the result when he was at his golf course in Turnberry for the opening of his wonderful golf course the day before the EU referendum in June 2016.

I sat up with a jolt. I had been there with him on that trip.

We didn’t arrive until the day after the referendum. He wasn’t there on June 22nd. He was there on June 24th. I pointed this out on Twitter, saying it was a bit bizarre.

Now I can see as a bit of storytelling it works better to claim to have been the visionary who saw what was coming; I can also see that when you’re 72-years-old you might misremember dates and times. Who doesn’t do that occasionally? – although maybe not on something as fundamental as that.

Anyway back to my tweet saying the president was factually incorrect. Straight back shot Stephanie Grisham, who is the first lady’s director of communications, but more importantly at the time was Donald Trump’s press person for the trip to Turnberry.

She told me on Twitter the president was right to say what he had said – and she had the photos to prove it.tweet-1So we produced the tweet from the president on the 24th saying “Just arrived in Scotland…” and from her saying that she had just arrived in Scotland.

Someone else found the flight manifest, confirming that the Trump private jet had arrived on the 24th. I fully agree a storm in a teacup. This is not the sort of thing on which world peace hinges.

But I struggle to fathom Steph’s motives. Why did she go wading in to defend a lie? And why when the proof was provided that she was incorrect did she not just say “fair enough – my mistake”.tweet-2.pngPsychology has a rather good word for this – “gaslighting”.

This is the Wikipedia definition of it: Gaslighting is a form of psychological manipulation that seeks to sow seeds of doubt in a targeted individual or in members of a targeted group, making them question their own memory, perception, and sanity. Using persistent denial, misdirection, contradiction, and lying, it attempts to destabilise the victim and delegitimise the victim’s belief.

From Chequers we now go to Helsinki, and another extraordinary news conference this time with Vladimir Putin. The whole thing was slightly surreal, made more so by the guy sitting next to me being yanked out by the Secret Service after it became clear to them he was planning some kind of protest during the news conference.

During the course of the Q and A, Jeff Mason from Reuters was called to ask a question. He wanted to know whether Putin had wanted Donald Trump to win the 2016 presidential election and had directed any of his officials to help him do that?

Vladimir Putin didn’t hesitate: “Yes, I wanted him to win because he talked about bringing the US-Russia relationship back to normal.”

It was quite a moment. But then I saw a tweet that Donald Trump put out yesterday to protest about how tough he was with Russia, which read:

“I’m very concerned that Russia will be fighting very hard to have an impact on the upcoming Election. Based on the fact that no President has been tougher on Russia than me, they will be pushing very hard for the Democrats. They definitely don’t want Trump!”

So I referred back to what Putin had said in Helsinki a week earlier. But here’s where it gets super murky. All reference to that exchange between Mr Mason and the Russian leader has been omitted from the official White House transcript. In the official record it doesn’t exist.

Just a clerical transcription error? Well maybe – there is some confusion over the translation, but maybe it would be good to correct the record.

Now for another random event which happened yesterday. The White House has said that it will no longer provide information about when the president holds conversations with foreign leaders, as it has always done hitherto.

The accounts of the chats may have been anodyne and terse, but they were a useful tool to keep track of foreign policy priorities. And it was always useful to compare and contrast what, say, the Kremlin would have to say about the conversation compared to the White House. Now we will no longer be able to do that.

And so to the final thing. Donald Trump was speaking at a rally in Kansas City. And he came out with a memorable phrase that sounded as though it had been lifted straight from George Orwell’s dystopian novel, 1984. He said: “Just remember, what you are seeing and what you are reading is not what’s happening.”

Or it is. There is just a concerted – and sometimes it would seem – systematic effort to make you think otherwise.

Forget alternative facts. This is rewriting history.

If anything … anything at all … that comes out of Donald Trump’s mouth is true, then I am the Queen of England.  ‘Nuff said.

The Spin …

Yesterday it was widely reported that Russian President Vladimir Putin was not particularly excited to have received an invitation to visit the White House.  Top Kremlin aide, Yuri Ushakov, speaking on behalf of Putin, said …

“After the summit, you know what kind of atmosphere there is around its outcome. I think it would be wise to let the dust settle and then we can discuss all these questions in a business-like way. But not now.”

I was pleased by this, mainly because I am deeply disturbed by the relationship between Trump and Putin and Trump’s seeming adoration of our chief antagonist, Russia.  But also, I must admit to a bit of childish glee when I considered how Trump would take the news that his new buddy is likely going to reject his invitation.  I was waiting to hear how Trump would respond to this news.  And I didn’t have long to wait.  I should have seen it coming, should have known he wouldn’t allow the public to see his hurt feelings over being rejected.  Instead, he spun it as only Trump can do:

White House Says Trump Won’t Meet Putin Until Next Year

President Donald Trump will not host Russian President Vladimir Putin in Washington until 2019, White House national security adviser John Bolton said Wednesday, because it is Trump’s preference not to do so until “the Russia witch hunt is over.” – Politico, 07/25/2018 02:42 PM EDT

Who could have seen that one coming, eh?  More alternative facts.  More lies.  Trump cannot ever be wrong, cannot abide rejection, will not tolerate dissent or criticism.  But We the People know the truth.  Donnie only showed us, once again, what an arrogant fool he is.

Ten Years After – Redux

On 01 February 2017, more than 17 months ago, I penned the post you are about to read.  It was fiction then — a product of my sometimes over-active imagination.  Today, while it is still somewhat fiction, it is closer to reality than any of us would like to believe — closer than I believed 17 months ago, for at that point I was still hoping to awaken from this nightmare.

The London Times

28 July 2027

Today marks the 10th anniversary of the takeover of the former United States of America (USA), now known as the United Russian States (URS), by the military under the orders of Minister Donald Trump.  The Trump regime is considered to be a puppet government of Tsar Putin of Russia.  Today, we look back to that fateful day and the ones that followed and talk to a few people who were able to escape.  But first, a timeline of events that led up to the takeover ten years ago:

15 June 2015 – 69-year-old Trump declares his candidacy for the position of president in the 2016 election

08 November 2016 – After a hostile and bombastic campaign, Trump is elected president, although he lost the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes

20 January 2017 – Trump is officially inaugurated

27 January 2017 – Trump signs an “executive order” to ban immigrants from the Middle East, effective immediately, amid outrage from citizens as well as the international community

28 January 2017 – Trump fires federal officials who defy his order

01 February 2017 – The majority party in Congress, the Republican party, on orders from Trump, suspend the senate rules in order to install Trump’s picks in key government positions

15 February 2017 – Trump signs yet another executive order declaring the U.S. to be a Christian country, and denying voting rights to non-Christians, as well as other groups, such as LGBT

02 March 2017 – The United States formally withdraws from NATO and the United Nations.

03 March 2017 – Trump signs an executive order to increase military spending by 85% within the next three months

01 April 2017 – Trump signs an executive order to reinstitute a draft, and declares that all males between the ages of 17 and 55 must register by April 30.

07 April 2017 – Two Supreme Court justices are found to have died in their sleep.  Trump bypasses the legal process and installs two judges of his choice to replace them.

23 April 2017 – 25,000 Russian troops are sent by Russian president Putin to the United States, supposedly for ‘training missions’

24 April 2017 – Trump orders all who are non-citizens to leave the country by 31 May. This order includes diplomats, business owners, healthcare workers.  Nobody is exempt.

01 May 2017 – 6,372 journalists are arrested in New York, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, and other major cities around the nation

02 May 2017 – Under executive orders, the military, assisted by the Russian military, take over news media offices, including The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, San Francisco Examiner. Television and radio stations are taken off the air indefinitely.

06 May 2017 – Shortages of food and durable goods become widespread, as factories are shut down for lack of workers, all males now being in the military. Thousands are awaiting medical treatment in understaffed hospitals and clinics around the country

11 May 2017 – A number of television and radio stations re-open, controlled by the Federal Communications Commission under Trump’s guidance

18 May 2017 – Pockets of resistance pop up nationwide; martial law is declared in a number of major cities, including New York, Houston, Atlanta and Lost Angeles

20 May 2017 – All border crossings between the U.S., Canada and Mexico are closed in both directions.  All international flights are cancelled.

25 May 2017 – An additional 150,000 Russian troops are sent to the U.S.  No reason is given

04 June 2017 – Russian president Putin travels to Washington, D.C. to meet with Trump

05 June 2017 – At noon, Trump announces via state-controlled media, that he is declaring a “state of emergency” based on intelligence reports that the terrorist organization known as Daesh has infiltrated the U.S. and plans a major attack. 

28 July 2017 – Standing together, Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin announce that as of noon, the United States is to become the United Russian States.  Congress is disbanded.  The United States ceases to exist.

During the past 10 years, information coming out of the URS has been sketchy, at best. In recent weeks, our reporter Ron England managed to interview two people who were actually able to escape the URS:  Both have asked to remain anonymous, as they have family trapped in the URS and fear they could suffer retaliation.  They are identified for the purpose of this article simply as #1 and #2. Unfortunately, due to space constraints, we are only able to print a small portion of the interviews, but we will be posting the full text of both interviews later this week.

Ron: “#1, how and when were you able to escape?”

#1: “I escaped in 2020.  December of 2020.  I had so much help, and I just wish I could find a way to thank all those people who gave me food or shelter along the way.  There was a resistance movement in the west, and it was almost like the old Underground Railroad, but more often than not, people were caught.  If you were caught, you were shot on the spot.  I can’t really talk specifics, ‘cause I fear for the lives of others, but I crossed the Canadian border on December 28th.”

Ron: “You are a male, yet you were not conscripted into the military?”

#1: “Well, as you might notice, I am a black male.  Blacks were not accepted into the military.  By the time I escaped, blacks were mostly used as slave labour, working in factories, on pipelines, or on farms.”

Ron: “Do you still have family in the URS?”

#1: “Yes, I have a daughter, son-in-law, and 3 grandbabies. My wife and son were both killed.”

Ron: “Why were they killed?”

#1: “My wife was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.  She had gone to visit a friend who had a new baby, and as she left, there was a shootout between police and some men who were gathered on the street.  My wife got caught in the crossfire.  My son was arrested for talking about Trump in a bar, and … and … they killed him two days later.  They said he was trying to escape, but …”

Ron: “#2, I have heard that there was a resistance movement at one point, yet so few have escaped.  Why do you think that is?”

#2: “Well, it’s the military.  When I escaped in 2018, the military was everywhere.  You couldn’t even go to the grocery store without having to pass at least 2 or 3 military checkpoints.  They roam the streets all day and all night.  If you are out and you don’t have a purpose, or you don’t have the proper I.D., you are going to be arrested.  No ifs, ands or buts.  They have complete control.”

Ron: “We have heard that as early as 2017, there were shortages of food, drugs, and many other commodities.  Can you tell me a bit about that?”

#2: “Oh yes.  It wasn’t like what we heard from our grandparents about how it was during World War II, with ration cards and all that.  It was just … you would go to the grocery store and half the shelves would be empty.  Some things, like fresh produce and meat, you had to be there right when they stocked it, because by the next day it was gone.  Coffee, milk, eggs … stuff like that, you just couldn’t get.  And there wasn’t such a thing as a black market, or if there was, I never heard of it.”

Ron: “Were you employed?”

#2: “Yes, before the takeover, I was a computer programmer and I worked for Google.  But the government shut Google and all the other tech companies down by the end of 2017, so I went to work in a munitions factory.  I was paid $4.25 an hour and we worked in 12-hour shifts, 6 days a week.  If you missed a shift, you were given one warning.  If you missed 2 shifts, you were fired.  If you didn’t have a job, the government would assign you one.”

Ron: “Important question here … how did the citizens of the former U.S. allow this to happen?”

#2: “They were so busy posting pictures and cartoons, telling the world about how their car broke down, or how bad their headache was, that they did not take time to look at what was happening.  They didn’t bother to think for themselves, just let Donald Trump tell them what to believe so they could get back to playing Farmville.”

Since early 2018, all trade with the URS has been suspended and for nine years there has been almost no contact between other nations and the URS.  A spokesperson for the United Nations Security Council says that they have had no communications from the URS since 2018, and while there are certainly human rights violations taking place, the UN is unable to intervene.  Recent satellite surveillance shows a surge in military activity along the eastern coast, which is worrisome for the EU and UK, especially since last year when Russia, with assistance from the URS, annexed Poland, Romania, Greece and Italy.  One must ask the question, are we looking at the beginning of world domination?

Note to readers (Feb 2017):  Okay, admittedly Filosofa’s imagination got a little bit carried away here, and no, this is not what I envision.  But this morning’s news that Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch  suspended his committee’s rules in order to push through confirmation of two of Trump’s cabinet nominees without Democratic senators being present set off alarm bells in my head and prompted the “what next” scenario … from there, my imagination became a runaway train.

Some comments from the original post:

I love your creativity and this blog. REPUBLICANS’ claims to being the party of patriotism and protectors of the US Constitution have no credence any longer.

Let’s hope that this remains fictional although most of the steps are not far-fetched based on recent events. It’s just overwhelming. Part of me wants to protest and part of me wants to curl up in a ball under the covers.

I think you need a nice cup of tea and a sit-down. x

A horrifying scenario.
How is it that someone can suspend the rule to push through two nominations without the Democrats being present? Are the Republican senators not bothered that so many people in the US have issues with Trump’s choices, possibly their own constituents ? This could be unforgivable.

Very frightening piece of fiction.

Many imaginations are running with yours, Filosofa. Well done piece.

Brilliant. And deeply disquieting.


This post by Erik Hare of Barataria speaks for itself. PLEASE READ! Thank you, Erik.

Barataria - The work of Erik Hare

The United States is under attack.

It is not an attack with bombs or airplanes. No one has been killed and property has not been damaged. It is, however, an attack on the most valuable thing that we have, something over a million people have gladly given their lives in the past to protect – our democracy.

This is a highly coordinated and sustained attack by a foreign power. It is still ongoing, and appears to have gradually grown more sophisticated over a period of years. There is reason to believe that will continue unless it is stopped.

Denial of this attack and the perpetrators who we certainly know are carrying it out, Vladimir Putin’s Russia, is hindering our response to this attack and making our democracy more vulnerable. That this effort to thwart our defenses and distract the public’s attention away from the threat comes from the very top…

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