The Great Victory of 2020: Alaska Secedes, Televangelist Confirmed to High Court

by Glenn R. Geist

Gregor Samsa woke, as he did every morning, to find the world transformed and his life depressingly the same. That he found every morning horrifying, wasn’t the sort of thing he or anyone would bring up casually with anyone he couldn’t absolutely trust.

The daily announcement was just loud enough to wake him, even with the white noise machine and his device under its own pillow, but it was designed to do just that. Switched off or volume muted, it would activate. In fact what had been designed or had been sold as a way for the president to directly inform the public of some emergency or other required one to press a button which assured someone, somewhere, that the recipient had read the regular 6 AM presidential announcements.

He really didn’t read a word of course. He couldn’t without his glasses, and besides, these things were incoherent rants and lists of enemies of the state and denials of the few accusations of misprision that made it to the public awareness. Of course many if not all of those were transparently false and obviously made up by the White House or its news agency Fox to create the tableau of a president beleaguered by unpatriotic Hillerites and the Deep State. People had become used to ignoring “the media” anyway and it wasn’t good to be a subscriber to any independent news source if you wanted to keep your job. Gregor certainly did. Pressing “read and accepted” was a reflex.

When the system went into operation shortly after the Great Victory of 2020, the armchair resistance fussed and bothered and declared and wrote petitions and even pledged to destroy their devices, but few did. It wasn’t mandatory at that point to own and carry one, but life was difficult now without what many still called a smartphone. One couldn’t carry more than $20 in cash without reporting it and there was no other way to pay for things or verify one’s identity or drive a car or to vote of course. Not that there were many elections anymore in these days of the Emergency Election Protection Act. We all just assumed there was still a congress that operated separately from the Executive. The president’s massive majority had been declared constantly and every January on Victory Day, there was a military parade.

We assumed that the Alaska Secession was approved by Congress and we had to read the assurance that rumors about the president receiving a huge compensation package from what was really the sale of that state to the Russian Federation were false and that the agreement by Russia to stand fast with us against NATO was no quid pro quo.

But today’s update or today’s Tweet as some still called it was to announce the nomination of a famous televangelist with no legal background to the Supreme Court had been confirmed in secret by the Senate, transcripts, of course, were not available for security reasons. The Reverend Holliday was concerned about his safety because, after all, remnants of the Liberal resistance were always to be feared.

But who had time to read or to worry? Gregor had little enough time to get ready and get to his job bagging groceries at Trump-Mart. Without it and without any hope of medical insurance or social security he was doomed to die and decrease the surplus population. He pushed the “read and accepted” button and with a groan got out of bed feeling like a human cockroach.

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13 Responses to The Great Victory of 2020: Alaska Secedes, Televangelist Confirmed to High Court

  1. Michael John Scott Reply

    September 21, 2018 at 10:19 am

    This rivals anything written by top authors like King, Cussler, Asimov, and others. It’s frightening in its concept, one that is all too possible given the current occupant of the Oval Office. The idea that this creature could get re-elected chills me to the bone. I cannot imagine 4 more years of those ‘horrifying mornings.’

  2. Glenn R. Geist Reply

    September 21, 2018 at 10:24 am

    We may have 6 to go – or more. Anyone who thinks there are limits to his ambition or the the ambition of his owners and handlers is wrong. They just do it step by step and we’re trained to have very very short memories so that radical departures seem to have been here all along.

  3. Lyndon Probus Reply

    September 21, 2018 at 11:40 am

    An apocalyptic tale, without the zombies, unless one counts the Trump supporters. Smoking buildings, wrecked by nuclear war, perhaps. Full 1984 and The Rise of the Third Reich. I want to read about the fall of Donald Trump first, or I will also have another “horrifying morning.” Brilliant little piece here Mr. Geist. Let’s have more of them, as these days the mainstream is the political Trump, so breaking away is refreshing, and hopefully remains fictiitous.

  4. Shirley62 Reply

    September 21, 2018 at 11:49 am

    I live in the UK and don’t know much about Trump except what I hear on the BBC and read here, but this bloody little story was delightful, and, like Lyndon says, ‘hopefully remains fictitious.’

  5. Holte Ender Reply

    September 21, 2018 at 1:05 pm

    Imagined futures are mostly bleak. Whether Orwellian “ban books” or Huxleyian “why ban books, nobody wants to read one.” Both are equally dreadful.

    Einstein had a similar outlook “I fear the day when technology overlaps with our humanity, the world will have a generation of idiots.”

    It’s getting harder to be optimistic about the future.

  6. Bill Formby Reply

    September 21, 2018 at 2:29 pm

    Outstanding Glenn. I strongly encourage you to use this as a starting point an complete the novel. I think it would sell a lot of copies. Do it now before the Trumpian Administration ban such works.

  7. Mike Reply

    September 21, 2018 at 3:10 pm

    Hear! Hear!

  8. Timmy Mahoney Reply

    September 21, 2018 at 3:28 pm

    Excellent! Thought I was reading Orwell, and was glad I wasn’t although your descriptions of life after a disastrous 2020 election could be spot on. Kudos.

  9. BitcoDavid Reply

    September 21, 2018 at 5:32 pm

    Kafka is spinning in his grave. Great work. Loved it.

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  11. Neil Bamforth Reply

    September 22, 2018 at 2:52 am

    Excellent and pretty scary!

  12. Jerry Lee 23 Reply

    September 22, 2018 at 10:50 am

    I don’t think it can happen here because there are a number of safeguards in place, but no matter, it’s still a frightening prospect, because with the Orange Hell Beast in charge anything can go down.

  13. Glenn Geist Reply

    September 23, 2018 at 10:32 am

    Those safeguards, like a congress willing to be a check on the madness of presidents, are being eroded at a high rate.

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