- A single ray of golden light came streaming through the
torn misshapen window shade, as dawn announced the end of yet another dream
tormented night. Winston rolled over into wakefulness, and thought about
that place that he had only just escaped from - but then immediately he
began to wonder if this was only more of that disjointed universe that
he,d just been living in - that place they called the world of F.A.C.E.
- For the hundredth time he glanced at his computer and
wondered if was possible to actually convey what he had seen? His father
had thundered on the importance of things like this, but his father had
been a very old man when Winston was still a child. Young Winston thought
of himself as a sometimes writer, but he knew that he was nothing special
- and with so many really intelligent and well-educated minds that were
still dealing with these topics daily, how could something as fleeting
and fragile as his dream bring anything of consequence to all of that?
- As dawn moved off, the broader azure blue of morning
began to settle in, and Winston made a second cup of victory coffee. Had
his father actually lived that whole thing; all that terror in that strangely
twisted novel? What was the title - he,d only had a father for the first
ten years or so and - Oh yeah "1984"- that was what they called
the book! And now it looked like his generation, was headed straight back
into that setting of his father's crazy novel. What the hell, thought Winston
Slade: "What's left to lose!"
- There was a pulsing from the crowds outside, and he could
just begin to see coming tide of signs (a white gloved fist firmly gripped
the hammer - like the Hammer & Sickle of the USSR), this was centered
on the intersection where the two beams of the crimson cross intersect.
The White Hammer, held by a white gloved hand, against the blazing red
cross on a black field surrounded by a golden laurel wreath, borrowed from
the old UN flag, without the globe of course, as there is only one nation
that matters now - all the rest is black - like the surrounding nothingness
that stands for "others!"
- Somewhere a radio is murmuring in that soft familiar
purr of Bill Fist, rather "Frist," as he confirms for the millionth
time "the birth of our new nation. "We are," he says: "a
nation without derision, without dissent: a nation where all the people
know their places and each delights in staying where they belong. This
harmony is maintained because anyone who fails to stay where they are put
will have to answer to the Hammer, whom God himself made perfect and who
is immune to all other laws or tribunals, and hence he, (The Hammer) has
become the perfect arbiter of absolute justice, there being no longer any
need for any laws in FACE, except the holy bible."
- Brother Bill continues, about that now very-distant day,
when he himself went Coast-to-Coast on National Christian Television, to
announce on "Justice Sunday" that there needed to be changes
in this godless, hedonistic haven for radicals, that several of the tired
old "lawmakers" still seemed to think was part of why there
was this country called the USA. Seems the outlaws were outraged that the
Godly in this country wanted to bring their beliefs to work with them in
the courts - and thereby allow the courts to have some real Christian merit
in the otherwise useless decisions that they routinely hand down.
- "But as we know now" Bill continued, "These
outlaws also had another agenda in the works. There were some then who
actually sought to charge the churches a tax because they said that the
churches were in reality political parties that were only pretending to
be churches. These heathen congressional people also alleged that - ALL
churches needed to pay not only current taxes, but also ALL the back taxes
that the Churches owed to all the other people, for crossing the line into
politics: This transgression they said, was proven both by my speech, and
by those Faith Based Initiatives that came from the Oval Office, way back
in 2000. Now you KNOW this stuff is nothing but lies, because you KNOW
the constitution was put there to make sure that the Christian religion
gets into every corner of American life - right?"
- Well,, Winston thought, "Congress has certainly
been cleansed of all those unbelievers, after the tax war caused a minor
rebellion, since many believed that if the churches had paid what the churches
actually owed, then there would have been no need for any further taxes
anywhere. The taxes had been illegally withheld, over the decades, while
this practice of pulpit politics that masqueraded as a religion was so
great, that had the public been able to collect on it: all future taxes
could have been eliminated in the USA.
- The holdings of the churches, their properties, their
secret partnerships, not to mention silent participation in so many major
corporate enterprises, governments, and plots - the complexity and the
wealth at stake in all of that, quite literally, boggles the mind!
- How was it, the people wanted to know, that those institutions
could call themselves religions and still continue to practice politics
while being funded by their tax-exempt status? But it was not only that:
the brand of politics they were pushing on the rest of the country, was
a view that actually sought to outlaw all other points of view except their
own, doing away with the laws, and replacing the courts with the bible,
so that all of this was to be done because it was "prophesied"
thousands of years ago, and contrary to any thought or argument, this "Rapture"
must be catered to no matter the cost! So were these fanatics stopped?
- No - there were no real consequences for this fraud,
but at the same time these questions were being raised - others were calling
for trials and prison, not only for the congressional thugs that had let
the so-called churches worm their way into the government, but for those
members of those churches that considered themselves above the laws of
the country: because they answered to F.A.C.E. (the Fundamentalist American
Christian Empire), and not to the United States of America. It was thought
that hearings ought to be held. But all of that was simply laughed away
- into oblivion!
- Needless to say the good people of FACE swiftly rose
up to put the godless heathens in their rightful places, which was out
of government and out of the country all together - one way or the other.
And of course the churches could never be compelled to pay the same taxes
that everyone else (except the corporations) must pay - why should they
- so that was dropped as NOT having any sort of real possibility for collection
- This whole rebellion was actually very brief, and FACE
members found it so comforting to see how the old guard just disappeared,
like dry land being swallowed by a Hurricane. Which just proved to them,
that the time was more than ripe for F.A.C.E. to take control.
- Everything is so orderly now. Now that there is no longer
any inter-racial mixing of the peoples; no more of that confusion brought
on by so many different languages; now that there is only one language
and only one set of customs; and of course only one religion - now at last
this country can finish what was begun with Manifest Destiny (the domination
of the entire world)!
- Of course there was so much to do at first, back when
all those screaming Banshees from the radical left accused the righteous
leadership of trying to convert the women into Stepford Wives: That was
ridiculous of course! The women did become resistant, when it was explained
that their new jobs would begin at the feet of their husbands, and that
they personally would not be needed in business, but only in the home.
- Once all this was clarified, discipline began to work
it's magic, and calm returned to life between the sexes. Soon we were able
to eliminate all challenges and to return to divide and rule or as we say
to divine rule - and then, well then things really tend to work very well!
No one can really measure success or failure just by counting transfer
tubes, and besides, we,ve liberated so many nations that this concept of
freedom is new to - well - it will just take some time for everyone to
get used to their new circumstances. In the meantime each new group seems
to need to slaughter a few thousand of us, just to show the world that
they aren't just being used as America's lackeys. But the jobs market thus
created is filled with endless opportunities, for the right kinds of people
- if you know what I mean!
- "Out there" which is anywhere that is not here,
it is rumored that our legions continue on, in their consecrated task of
cleansing all the continents of foreigners. There are persistent rumors
that we are losing whole armies, but this of course is false. We know this
because Brother Bill whispers the truth to everyone - to every one, on
every Sunday morning - and we know he never lies!
- The most recent rebellion over "fairness."
was soon put to rest, after the initiation of the latest tax program: This
was about making money by turning-in those that might be hiding money,
(proof had to be furnished - in receipts or videotape) hearsay was unacceptable!
As the new "information to control the cash" began coming in,
it became clear that the children were busying themselves with spying on
their parents Once snitching becomes more of a way of life, for the young,
then it is assumed that more women will become more docile, too. The program
has just begun and so much has been sent to Brother Bill's coffers or to
the registrar who keeps the tally of those who are Living in Sin, (against
the day when they shall be called to be sacrificed) for the improvement
of our flawed and sometimes wrongly practiced ways of life.
- These "sacrifices" are so much cheaper than
prisons, and so much more effective, whenever they are used to improve
the public's attitude about what is needful and right in this very conflicted
- Also in the new world of F.A.C.E., there is simply no
need for cops, given that we now have "The Legions of the Righteous"
who just go about the world liberating all that godless loot that the heathens
amassed during the bad old times - when people were actually allowed to
think for themselves. Just imagine that! No "Sheppard - no holy and
infallible guide to fondle the genitals of the young and trusting among
us? Those must have been very strange times indeed, so unlike now when
everything is PERFECT!
- Then Winston awakens just as touches of the acrid smog
begin to stain the morning breeze, but somewhere he also detects the smell
of roasting coffee - out there in the real world, and so begins to dress.
Thank god, "IT" hadn't happened yet, as that talking wooden fool
that leads the senate was still babbling on about the rightness of not
challenging Christian Judges, just because they are ________. Winston wondered
if the day would come when there might be something similar to F.A.C.E.?
- Time would have to answer that: but he was nearly certain
that most of this might very well be coming true: This time - he really
wanted to be wrong!