A guest post from my fictional time travel character Emma.
October 31, 2017
On this Halloween Day, we are reminded of the words of the ghosts of elections past. Each of these former presidents served the country in the military, and they also were elected to the highest government office in the United States of America. Their voices cry out from the past and speak to all Americans: President Trump, the Congress, the Supreme Court, our government agencies and departments including the FBI, the CIA, the NSA, the Attorney General’s office, the military, and to all the people who are employed by people of the America.
Regarding the rights of the shareholders of the country of America, its citizens, the First Ghost speaks:
“As we peer into society’s future— we, you and I, and our government—must avoid the impulse to live only for today, plundering, for our own ease and convenience, the precious resources of tomorrow. We cannot mortgage the material assets of our grandchildren without risking the loss also of their political and spiritual heritage. We want democracy to survive for all generations to come, not to become the insolvent phantom of tomorrow.”—President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Farewell Address, 1961
Democracy cannot survive the total corruption of our government that exists today. The smelly Washington “swamp,” its politics and bureaucracies filled with greed, perverse behavior, and criminality, must be drained; and the wealth of the USA must be preserved.
Regarding our debasement of the word “Russian” and its alleged connections to one evil act or another, the Second Ghost speaks:
“Among the many traits the peoples of our two countries (Russia and America) have in common, none is stronger than our mutual abhorrence of war. Almost unique among the major world powers, we have never been at war with each other. And no nation in the history of battle ever suffered more than the Soviet Union in the Second World War. At least 20 million lost their lives. Countless millions of homes and families were burned or sacked. A third of the nation’s territory, including two-thirds of its industrial base, was turned into a wasteland…”—President John F. Kennedy, address to American University, 1963
The true strength of America and will be found its respect for the people of other countries. Russia could be one of our greatest allies to create a peaceful, productive and inventive world. America should cooperate with and support all other countries who can be our allies, including the Russian people.
And finally, regarding the unique national strength of the United States of America, the Third Ghost speaks:
We live in a time of transition, an uneasy era which is likely to endure for the rest of this century. It will be a period of tensions both within nations and between nations — of competition for scarce resources, of social political and economic stresses and strains. During this period, we may be tempted to abandon some of the time-honored principles and commitments which have been proven during the difficult times of past generations.
We must never yield to this temptation. Our American values are not luxuries but necessities — not the salt in our bread but the bread itself. Our common vision of a free and just society is our greatest source of cohesion at home and strength abroad — greater even than the bounty of our material blessings.”—President Jimmy Carter, Farewell Address, 1981
We must end the brutal and wasteful PermaWars and instead use those resources for defense, peace, and to rebuild our decaying infrastructure. America must change its direction. It must be a reflection of its core principles. It must shake off the last five decades of moral, economic and physical decay and rebuild itself as a model country and the leader of a new free, productive, ecologically-sound, and enlightened world.