A glimpse into a grim political future


Published: Thursday, January 6, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 5, 2005 at 10:40 p.m.

Do I live in a fantasy world, and am I prone to oversimplification? Maybe so, but consider the following scenarios for 2005:

A major political party elects a president, has the majority of Congress and makes appointments to the Supreme Court, thus controlling the executive, legislative and judicial branches. Then that party begins to privatize education through "vouchers," funding of religious schools and inflicting upon the citizens a massive and expensive federal program with punitive testing.

Next, the ruling party privatizes Medicare and rewards pharmaceutical companies handsomely. Then it privatizes portions of Social Security, thus rewarding the stock-market industry. And then it privatizes the prison system, determining who goes and for how long, because they have already instituted a program of a nationally enforced series of tests and requirements for citizens to prove they are good "patriots."

Finally, this government insists there is no national draft, yet it extends tours of duty and calls back members who have served and have been discharged or resigned their officers' commissions.

Meanwhile, citizens go about their daily lives with only a segment of the population pausing to say, "Hey, wait a minute, what is going on here?" But it is too late, no one can change things.

Could it happen here?

Martha R. Harrell,

Gainesville

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