I'm just trying it out. Taking the title out for a little test-run. The United Socialist States of America. Hmmm. Descriptive, short, and for the older generations, the Beatles flashbacks aren't all that unpleasant. The block-long lines for Estee Lauder lipstick will be a pain, but so will shelling out a months' wages for the same.
I realized yesterday that a fair portion of the voters in the upcoming presidential race were spawned after the wall came down in Berlin, after perestroika, after the threat of nuclear war was (temporarily) out of our constant thoughts. I don't send my children to government school, but I don't hear from Other Mothers that kids these days have bomb drills or 'how to survive a nuclear winter' films presented to them as a matter of course. Even for the early thirty-somethings, the misery of the Carter administration is something they weren't conscious for, so the threat to our freedoms and our way of life that the Democrats pose means little to them. Socialism has been chipping away at our American way of life since the 1930's, but it has never been so close. Ignorant people who would rather punish others for achieving success rather than push themselves to obtain higher goals now stand poised to deliver the killing blow to our society. Re-distribution of 'wealth' (a number quickly dwindling down, even in Obama's own speeches) will make our country shrivel and die, for the producers will soon be drained and we will all get to live a life of dictatorial, communal agony. Does no one remember how the Polish suffered? The Romanians? The mess that was the USSR and that plagues modern day Russia still? Memories are short where the mind has not wandered. Apparently, it is now a free-for-all in politics, with empty-headed children at the helm of the government machine, ready to throw our liberties away, so long as they feel someone else is having to take it in the ass financially. Punishment for achievement. Wonderful. Dems are fuckin' brilliant. I'm so going to enjoy my belated retirement. I'm certain by then that there'll be a "next phase" for "oldsters", with a tiny cot and a lethal injection so we don't use up precious resources or increase the carbon footprint of mankind with our useless geezer-breath. Just remember you'll have to own your vote, you might be to blame, and universal karma (because real religion will have been phased out by 2020) is a bitch. Keep your head and arms inside the ride at all times... it's going to be a helluva ride.