Wednesday, August 26, 2009
A Novel Idea
While drinking Guiness at the Dog and Duck with my friend Milton I had an idea for a novel. We were discussing the health care proposal and how polarized our country has become. It seems every vote is won by 51%. Half the people for, half against.
So my idea was: what if the polarization continues at a faster pace until it becomes apparent the two sides can no longer live together? No, there isn't a civil war but an orderly parting of ways. The country is divided in two. All the liberals move to the east or west coast and all of the conservative move to fly over country. Borders are established and two completely independent nations are set up. Now there is no internal opposition.
The liberals can proceed with all of their plans to set up a complete nanny state. The federal government is responsible for everything and everybody's well-being and happiness. There is no restriction on abortions in fact you can dispose of your children anytime they become inconvenient until they are 21. You can also get rid of old people when the become bothersome. All drugs are legalized. And you can marry anybody you want, even your pets and as many as you want. Guns are outlawed. Everybody can have free housing, free food and a free education. The borders are wide open and as long as you subscribe to the liberal code of tolerance you are welcome (no red state people are welcome, obviously.) There is just one religion-Universalism but no one takes it very seriously
The red states get to role back the invasive federal government. Everything is dealt with on a local level. No abortion, no divorce, not even any contraception. No welfare for anybody. Everybody has to be responsible for themselves. Everybody gets a gun. No regulation on anything. Strictly guarded borders-no immigration. Everyone is very religious but there are no Muslims- not sure about Jews and Catholics.
Wait 100 years and see what's what. What do you think would happen? Could make for an interesting book. Of course you'd have to have a teenager from one group fall in love with a teenager from the other group ( probably not an animal) and want to get married which would create all kinds of problems.