Thanksgiving.....2022

Discussion in 'Politics' started by HozayBuck, Jun 1, 2011.

  1. HozayBuck

    HozayBuck Well-Known Member

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    Just so yawl know..I did not write this... it came to me in an e mail..

    Winston, come into the dining room, it's time to eat," Julia yelled to her husband. "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 VeggieMeat 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 winter.

    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 hemorrhoids. 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 as a result of QE13. 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 2011, 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.
     
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  2. goshengirl

    goshengirl Supporting Member

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    Outstanding. :congrat:

    Really makes you think - and I love the use of the name Winston... ;)


    edited to add:
    Just saw your edit. It's still good. :)
     
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  3. idragrace

    idragrace Newbie

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    This is good. Someone should use this as the basis for a good book. Oh I forgot they already have.
     
  4. CVORNurse

    CVORNurse Well-Known Member

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    And Julia ;)
     
  5. Magus

    Magus Scavenger deluxe

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    Sadly prophetic.
     
  6. horseman09

    horseman09 Well-Known Member

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    Hey. That can't happen here -- this is America. I mean, everybody knows the gubmint can't do things like that.

    Next thing you know you whackos will be predicting things like random pat downs, warrantless wiretaps and cops barging in your homes whenever they want. Sheesh. You are a bunch of goofballs.

    (Yes. We really need a sarcasm icon.)

    PS....Hozay, thanks for that posting.
     
  7. SpaceGhost

    SpaceGhost Retired Drill Sgt

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    That's the scary thing about that little story.:gaah:
     
  8. power

    power ExCommunicated

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    I don't think it will take until 2022 before that will be true. Much of what was talked about is already in place and accepted by quite a few people.
    By 2022 I think we will see things we never even imagined.
     
  9. *Andi

    *Andi Supporting Member

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    I watched a movie once ... that was a lot like the story ...

    Even if the sheep follow, I will be a Jacob sheep. (they do not follow but spilt the herd in many)... some going this way and others this way or that ... but they do not follow.

    The "Ol time sheep" had a voice ... that said 'be different' ... and that is what I will be. (different) :cool:
     
  10. IrritatedWithUS

    IrritatedWithUS Well-Known Member

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    This is going to be true on so many levels *sigh*

    I hope I'm dead, rotting in the ground before then...probably not from old age. I have a better chance from police brutality and gang shootings to die before old age sets in.