A world where Mitt Romney won the Presidency in 2012 would be a little different from the one we live in now.
President Mitt Romney is about to pick another fight, this time with Russia. The American military is already working overtime. The USA has doubled down in Iraq and Afghanistan. Fueled by an enraged conservative base, additional conflicts erupted in Egypt and Libya, ignited by Benghazi and ostensibly intended to hunt down the Muslim Brotherhood. Then an incursion into Syria, where American soldiers fought alongside Al Qaeda resistance against Bashir, this occurring mere weeks after the invasion of Iran.
American naval forces have increased their presence off the coast of North Korea, agitating China and escalating their tensions with Japan. This in turn has sent the Chinese to Vladimir Putin in alliance. Ever since Romney ordered American forces into Syria, Putin cut off communications with the West, and annexed the Ukraine, Belarus, and was now making advances into Romania. Analysts believed Russia would make a push eventually, but nobody expected this much so soon. It’s as if Putin is being egged on.
Back on the home front, VP Paul Ryan made devastating cuts to education and social programs while advocating helping the poor. With no unemployment assistance, Affordable Health Care repealed, little help from food stamps, and no educational or employment opportunities available; many Americans, especially the young and poor, have nowhere to turn but the military. Flush with taxpayer cash, America’s armed forces always needs people lately, considering the multiple battlefields it’s fighting on.
Those who don’t turn to the military fall to crime. Criminals end up as prisoners. Prisoners end up as slave labor. America’s burgeoning corporate prison world is expanding faster than anyone projected. Mitt Romney points to this as proof of the jobs he said he’d create.
But he doesn’t stop there. Mitt Romney slashes environmental regulations in the name of “Free Enterprise” and fast tracks the Keystone XL Pipeline. Massive oil spills over American lands become commonplace. Fracking wreaks havoc where the KXL does not. Water supplies across the nation are contaminated at a record setting pace. The API puts Brooke Alexander to work, reassuring Americans that they’re still Americans and this an America that Americans are making more American. For America.
Everyone is told to pray. God is on our side. Pray for our soldiers. Pray for America. Pray for Mitt Romney. There is no shortage of reasons to pray. World War seems ready to begin at any moment. But we will prevail against our oppressors. We will bring freedom and democracy to the world. We will see you all in Heaven.
Nobody speaking out against Mitt Romney or his government ends up in a good place. Concerned citizens are immediately branded “traitor” for questioning the Administration. Celebrities are blacklisted and journalists are fired. In Nevada, a misguided rancher dares to stand up to the government regarding years and years of fees he owes which he refuses to pay. He draws gun-toting supporters to his side. They are wiped from the face of the planet.
The gun violence problem in the nation expands exponentially. Americans are filled with despair. Conservative media stokes fires of paranoia and persecution complex throughout the nation. Everybody is out to get you! It’s everybody else’s fault! Mitt Romney appoints a special committee to look into solutions. It’s headed up by John R. Lott Jr. It doesn’t matter that Lott is a discredited researcher and pro-gun advocate, the NRA and other gun lobbies want him front and center. Lott advises more guns to solve the gun violence problem.
In the meantime, there’s Russia. Mitt Romney drags America closer to yet another war. China watches carefully. Sarah Palin is on television repeating her famous line, “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a nuke is a good guy with a nuke!” The crowd roars. They love that bit. You can buy a T-Shirt with that saying now. It’s the title of Palin’s next book. Pre-order now, only $29.99!
The military opens it’s maw for America’s young. The prisons wait for the leftovers. Water rationing begins. Everyone buys guns. It gets harder and harder to vote. Religious Freedom is pushed down in favor of Christianity pushed down your throat, no matter what your personal belief system already may be. LGBT Americans, immigrants, ethnic minorities, non-Christians are the enemy. Paranoia reigns. And Mitt Romney is the President. We’re told this is what the Founding Fathers had in mind.
Heavy handed? Yes. Far fetched? Not that much. All it would have taken was no “47% Video” and this could be the world we live in now. It’s very close to the one we are already living in regardless.
Vote. Do what you have to in order to register. Jump through the hoops if they put them in front of you. Help your friends and family to vote. Take your family, your friends. Stand in the line. Don’t let them stop you.
When we vote, we win. When we don’t? War.