New amendments making the United States into the United Christian States, eliminating freedom of religion, banning abortions and contraceptives plus banning all political parties other than the UCP were also enacted. Former leaders of the now banned Democratic Party were tried for treason, found guilty and executed on national television including former President Obama. Any person of African or Latin descent who hadn’t “self deported” themselves were rounded up and sold to the highest bidder. Gays and lesbians, such as myself, had their property seized and forced into “detainment camps” like the one I am currently in.
Public schools, colleges and universities were closed and sold off. The military was ordered to burn Hollywood to the ground and all entertainment production has to be approved by the Department of Christian Standards. The Department of Education was reformed into the Department of Christian Development. The Departments of Housing and Urban Development and Health and Human Services were abolished, as were all social programs, including Social Security and Medicare.
The United Nations and NATO are no more. Mexico is now a territory of the United States plus Iraq and Afghanistan are officially “protectorates”. Iran is occupied after our successful invasion in 2014. Now there are rumors that Saudi Arabia and other oil producing nations in the Arabian Gulf may be invaded as well.
Ah, the rumors. Every day there is a new rumor or an expansion of an older rumor. Rumors that only clergy belonging to the UCP may hold public office. Rumors of executions on sight of Mormons and Muslims. Rumors that gays and lesbians aren’t being deported, as the government ordered, but are instead being executed and buried out in the desert.
It is scary to think that all of what has happened since 2012 didn’t have to come to pass. It is scary to think that President Obama lost the election because he tried to be Republican-lite and didn’t stand up for liberal ideals. It is scary to think that Democrats thought they had an easy win and didn’t need to fight.
I was never very good at storytelling, but this dystopian future doesn’t have to happen. This is a future that President Obama and other Democrats can prevent, but they need to see the error of their ways. They need to see that embracing long held Republican ideals is not the way to win over progressives and liberals. Democrats can’t be wishy-washy on renewable energy, equal rights, abortion, fair taxation or the social safety net. They need to be something more than “Not the Republicans”.