I looked out my window Tuesday morning and discovered the skies
were still blue. Thank goodness. My eyes adjusted from the sleep
stage to embrace their return to reality. After the brutal
nightmare I just had, I thought I would never see a beautiful,
hopeful shade of blue hover in the heavens again.
My nightmare formed a new world set in the future. Behind my
closed eyelids I lived in a world where a complacent America
reelected George W. Bush in 2004. Bush earned his second term
because he was able to convince Americans his shoot ’em up approach
to terrorism was the best approach, and because he convinced many
of us he was infallible and his mistakes were merely attempts to
distort his flawless record.
About a year after Bush’s reelection, terrorists attacked the
United States. However, this attack didn’t claim thousands of
lives. This attack claimed a major U.S. city and hundreds of
thousands of lives. Terrorists had gotten their nasty little hands
on a nuclear weapon and found a way to smuggle the bomb across our
borders and detonate us into a new world order.
Immediately after the city was destroyed, the United States shut
down. Tanks invaded our communities and military personnel replaced
police. After a few months, young men and women were drafted into
the newly created military police force run by the Department of
Homeland Security. The new military police would “protect” us in
our communities and from the terrorists. Citizens would need passes
from the military police to wander about the community, and
government cameras were set up everywhere – including our homes –
to watch our every move.
Nearly all of our freedoms were rolled back and citizens didn’t
mind because our government convinced us that lost freedoms equated
safety. In this dreamy reality the terrorists had won the war on
terror. Our way of life was over.
Of course, Bush wanted to convince us everything was OK and that
we were winning the war on terror because of his leadership. In
2007, Bush decided we would still have elections (what a nice guy).
However, no matter who the candidates were, the Republican Party
handpicked the candidates and would still run the country. On Nov.
4, 2008, the country celebrated the election of our new
Presidentinator, Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Throughout this entire nightmare the skies were never blue. It
was as though some god-like force had abandoned humanity and took
color and hope with him.
While I exaggerate a bit, and I don’t assert a Bush reelection
would make my dreams come true, we could live my nightmare if we
continue our complacency.
Bush made huge mistakes, yet many of us still supported him and
made excuses for him. No matter who is president, we cannot let
Bush’s mistakes happen again. We cannot let our leaders start wars
against the wrong enemy because we’re scared and paranoid. We
cannot let our leaders exist under an umbrella of infallibility and
pass laws that roll back our freedoms.
We must take our country back. And voting is only a start.
Vincent is a graduate student studying English. He urges you to
send comments to Vincent.Adams@colostate.edu