cold and hungry: the triumph of green
A small group huddles around an insufficient fire made from burning currency. Burning wood is banned to prevent Global Warming. The old friends all worked to elect President Obama. Though relations between them are strained, they still tell each other that more time must be given to Barack to prove himself. It’s only been a few years and though they are all cold and hungry, they still believe in the great change and hope of Obama. That’s why it does not bother them that Obama lives well and they don’t anymore.
Internally they are in turmoil. Sally thought a world without cars and carbon omissions would be paradise. But her hair has been dirty for two weeks, her husband smells so bad she can’t bear him. All she thinks about is a hot shower, a hot meal, and watching TV while eating snacks.
Tim liked shopping at Walmart. He misses his truck and all the things corporations supplied him with. He is sorry he worked so hard to put the coal companies out of business. The North West gets mighty cold and clouds made his solar panels useless and added to his bankrupt state.
Their thoughts aside, as a group they never showed doubt. They would repeat how former fat cats are now living like them. It was designed to cover up the fact of their wretched existence.
Jim had been reading and wanted to share something with the group. “The book claimed Barack was a Marxist. He used the environmental movement to destroy Capitalism.”
“That sounds like Fox News.” said Mary.
“I know Mary, but what if it’s true?”
“Then go join the military and rednecks in the insurgency” Mary barked back.
Jim liked Mary and wanted to be with her. “If we join them we don’t have to become rednecks or leathernecks. Besides, my dad was a Marine. I never knew him. He was killed in war and was never able to explain things to me. But I met one of his old friends from the Corps in the woods last month. He gave me this:” (he holds up a 45).
The group is shocked at the sight of a firearm. They have been hunting for food without one since they are all opposed to guns. Even if they would be eating much better if they used one. They have been ripped off twice and were powerless to stop it.
“I hear they have a nice camp with running water and electricity” Mary found herself saying out loud.
Jim gets his happy ending and away the two go to join the New American Patriot Movement. They meet the Marine in the woods and he leads them in. By the next year there are no more hold outs. The regime falls and democracy is reinstated. Being cold and hungry lead some to desperate acts of violence and retribution. Poor Al Gore was set on fire and used to warm a family of six. Tim Geithner was forced to a work camp and made to clean toilets using his degrees as rags. Barney Frank and Chris Dodd were both crucified by angry mobs. Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid both flew off for South America, but their plane was shot down by the Russians( in Cuba). I could go on, since it’s my story, but you get the picture.
The final image is reminiscent of the end of “The Jerk.” Pants falling down, Barry clings to his telepromter. Walking out of the White House he grabs other items, while babeling to his telepromter. “You always told me what to say, and now nothing.”
The telepromter slithered out of his grip. It already had a contract to do Talk Radio. Rush Limbaugh had given it some good advice. Barry was totally alone.