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Domesday Scenario Not as Nutty as it Once Seemed

by on August 18, 2014 6:00 AM

If we put this out as a potential screenplay to Hollywood producers, they would never buy it.

A politician comes out of nowhere and with little experience is somehow elected to the top office of the most powerful country in the world.

Within short order, policies and procedures begin to create a dependency on that leader's government under the guise of "helping those who can't help themselves." Laws and regulations are enacted to level the playing field; redistribution of wealth, barriers to competition and initiative and a mission of "the same for all" without regard for individual effort or innovation.

The new leader softens the country's military through budget cuts, weakens the economy through decisions on housing and banking, and ignores a border controversy that is permitting any and all who want it to have access to what is available here.

The plot thickens. Countries elsewhere are on fire. Bombing each other over religion. Killing innocent people by the thousands and posting videos of those horrors on the internet. Extremists using children and women as shields to protect their political agendas. Former allies of the super country begin looking the other way at atrocities because of their concerns about retaliation and, energy resources.

The march across the Middle East by an army who says its goal is the White House is growing in number and volume. In the meantime, focus and attention on our shores is deflected to social issues like what defines marriage and what people can or cannot smoke legally and how many ounces of sugar soda I can buy in one sitting.

The leader's wife makes her top issue what to eat and or what food individual citizens can have access to at home or in school. The realities and the news of any potential threat are filtered through the lens of a media whose agenda is aligned with that leader who came out of nowhere. New outlets that question that leader or his motives have the greatest number of viewers but they too present the facts through the filter of an agenda.

In one scene in this pseudo movie, riots will break out in a city over the killing of an 18-year-old unarmed man and the camera will pan to the leader and his family riding bikes and eating ice cream in one of the most expensive resort towns in that super power country. As he plans his post presidential opportunities, we see the leader - who believes in the distribution of wealth – considering the purchase of a house in Hollywood for his wife and two children in the $4 million range (10,000 square feet).

I can see the Hollywood executives around the table. "Wait ... the most educated and innovative citizens of the world allegedly didn't question or see through this guy and elected him to office?" Yep. "And the people who question his decisions on things like protecting the border and his wait-and-see attitudes in the Middle East are viewed as fringe lunatics?" Yep, that's the story. "And with all of this unrest, criminals coming into the country illegally and a growing divide between citizens and neighbors, the leader and his team begin a renewed push for taking guns away from the citizens who bought and licensed them legally?"

I can hear Hollywood producer now. "No one in their right mind would believe it or pay to see it."

I'm not very sophisticated folks. Maybe it's my age. Maybe it's the fact that I'm a parent. I'm sure I have some details wrong but this stuff is starting to scare me. I'm sure there were mothers with similar scares when George W. Bush was in the office but we can't blame him now (even the IRS doesn't make you keep records after seven years). The year 2014 has been a scary one and seems to be getting scarier.

I'm nervous about people being killed for their beliefs. I don't care if it's been going on for centuries. I'm outraged about the killing of innocent people – especially children – because one group of people doesn't like what the other believes. I'm frightened when I hear that the most hateful, incensed and irrational group of religious extremists is openly expressing a goal to get to the shores of the United States and, with our lax borders, we'll probably let them in. I'm frustrated that the opportunities in our country to grow and perform to the best of our ability and our motivation will go away.

Suddenly those Doomsday Preppers on TV aren't sounding as nutty as they used to.

What is going to happen to us if and when these bad guys (some of whom are undoubtedly already here) start to do bad things? Who will lead us? What will we -- as Americans -- do?

Will we come together?

With two more years until the next presidential election, we as Americans need to stop quibbling over stupid political issues and start talking about our collective safety. We need to start identifying what ideology will ensure that our children won't be living like the families in Israel or Gaza – and who will help the good guys over there – so that we won't be hiding in mountain areas waiting for humanitarian aid to get there before the bad guys do?

I don't want my girls to have to live under Sharia Law and I don't want my family to have to deny its faith to stay alive. Planes full of innocent people shouldn't be shot down because one country gives weapons to another country to act out its agenda. We need to bark back really loudly and offer proof that we will protect and defend our own.

Will our own bi-partisan politics be the ultimate cause of our demise?

Can we get some help here please? Anyone?

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Patty Kleban is an instructor at Penn State, mother of three and a community volunteer. She is a Penn State Alumna. Readers of State College Magazine voted her Best Writer of 2010 and 2012. She and her family live in Patton Township. Her views and opinions do not necessarily reflect those of Penn State.
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