Timeline: 2023 A.D. United States Of America - When Hubbers Lead The Country
This is Mike Archer reporting to you from somewhere in the middle of America, bringing you a synopsis of the past ten years or so of life here in the good ole' US of A. As always, I will try to be factual without becoming too involved in the story itself.
In 2012, when Barack Obama-Baby was re-elected (whoever thought THAT would happen?), the country took a drastic turn towards, well, the crapper. Government did all it could do to put a positive spin of the facts, like reporting unemployment being down to levels from before the economic storms of the late 2000's. Yeah, they were down, but that was due to those persons running out of unemployment benefits turning to alternative sources of income. Things like depression-forced disability income, and growing things in their back yards (if ya know what I mean). It was somewhat ironic that so many people started to watch that show Breaking Bad around that time, catching up on early episodes where he started "cooking" as a way to earn money. At one point in 2014, 25% of the population in America admitted to cooking meth as a means to an end for paying their bills (off the record, of course).
Enter a novel idea: finding someone of the people, by the people, and for the people. Radical, right? Not another politician bent on nothing further than lining their own pockets with the gold of the population of the country; someone who really had the nation's best interests at heart. But who? And how to find them? And then to convince them to run? This was a thorny problem indeed. Then a solution was found; as I said a novel idea. Why not find someone online in the Internet media; someone who is not afraid to say what needs said; someone who loves America for what it once was, and desires for it to be again; someone who cannot be bought. So, a search was undertaken online. A search for the next leader of the Greatest Country in the World.
The Internet was searched inside and out, high and low. Articles read and re-read, blogs and twitter slogged through. Once the person was found, it took some convincing to have him step up to the plate for the most important election in U.S. history. But he was not one to shy away from commitment. Billibuc ran for President, with shiningirisheyes as the Vice President candidate. Both were highly thought of in their communities, both real and viral. All forms of free media was utilized, and the people of the nation got behind them. A landslide victory in 2016 led to a challenge for the newly elected officials. First up was who to fill cabinet posts? They needed someone they could trust, and those already in office were for the most part unreliable. They found their help in the same manner: online. Will Starr, Old Poolman, and C Merrit all stepped up to the plate, intent on doing their part to right the ship which lay foundering in the ocean of waste left by the previous administration.
A tough line was called for, both inside the country and out. North Korea, which had been rattling its saber for years, was flatly told to "put up or shut up". If they were going to continue to taunt the sleeping dog, ask Japan what happens when the yapping lap dog bites its better. Within a few short months, they shut up, and agreed to work with the world at large to better the common people. No one knows exactly how this was accomplished, but a trip to North Korea by Patriot Quest, Randy Godwin, aviannovice, and m peavy around that same time may have had something to do with the abrupt change of heart in the direction of that country.
And real change in the school system came about when tillstonian was introduced as the newly created Minister of Education, with ImKarn23 and Don Bobbitt assisting. And the Supreme Court got a shakeup when James A Watkins joined their little group. Seems he had something worthwhile to say, and they listened for a change.
But perhaps the most sweeping change within government's hallways was when Amy Becherer walked into her new office. Seems she had "been there, done that" with regards to the governmental reasons for not helping those who needed help, and she set forth on a journey to "enlighten" the rest of the country in its plights. In short, she succeeded.
But back to Billibuc. His Presidential election was nothing short of a miracle, and his road after that reads like a script out of Hollywood. He met with resistance, but his calm, common sense attitude and the fact that he had the country's backing soon led to sweeping changes. Gone were those ridiculous rules that assisted only those who needed no assistance; taxes were evenly distributed among those who worked, and he found ways to bring jobs back into the country from companies that had been outsourcing them. That little tax that he got pushed through concerning a raise in per person costs to where it costs just as much to have someone in another country perform a job as it did someone in America changed their perception of how to help America. When they only paid $1.00 per hour to someone overseas, there was profit to be had. But when it was going to cost them an additional $15.00 to hire that person in taxes for those unemployed here, well they suddenly changed their minds.
Gone were the good old boy networks, and in came The Golden Rule. If it did not help someone in need, it wasn't worth the effort to pursue it, nor would it find support on the hill. Schools found their budgets increased rather than cut, so all of a sudden Education found it was important to the people and children began to learn, really learn for the first time in nearly 50 years. Big Oil found that it could no longer toy with the people of America, and continually take from them in all manner of ways. Profits were put back into the companies, not the investor's pockets and clean energy miraculously came into being. Cars that ran on battery power were suddenly both cost efficient and effective. A nationwide system of re-charging went into play without a hitch, and people were amazed that they had run on nasty combustion engines for so long without a thought to their environment, and what they were doing to it. Now, their children's children would thank them, not curse them for what they had been left.
And Billibuc was not content to stop inside the boundaries; no sir! He worked long and hard with the Mexican nation to bring about a co-citizenship for those crossing the border. All they had to do was apply for a permanent visa and they were allowed inside the country. It was not without a catch; a visitor had three months to find a job and get settled. If not, they were sent back to Mexico until they could prove they were willing to follow our lead. Work, and we will help you. Don't and go home. If you had no options for work, the Military would take you on and train you, while having you help protect this great land. Two years and you were a citizen, with all the perks that went along with the title of Citizen of the United States of America.
Our borders became wastelands, with no one left to protect against. No more invasions by those seeking asylum here, they were welcomed so long as they helped out legally. There was even a task force put in place filled with former Mexican citizens to clean out the cartels along the borders, thereby making free those who once lived in fear of guns in the night, or of waking along and finding headless bodies beside a road.
The prison system received an update, having model prisoners taught construction skills then building new, larger prisons for those who will be in them until they pass from this plane of existence. Gone were the lawyers who made their living getting killers, rapists, terrorists, and drug dealers off; now they spent time right alongside their former clients once those who had been released, or gotten off on a technicality killed again. If you wanted to protect those people, you will share their sentence when the commit another crime.
DUI conviction climbed each year until those who participated in such activities either ended up in jail, serving long sentences or they wised up, knowing they better not take such a chance again. This next time could result in a mandatory ten year stint in some hole somewhere. Then it fell precipitously, and now stood lower than at any time since Prohibition.
I could go on and on, but with my book coming out in the Spring, I don't want to give too much away. Even though everyone knows his story, because I knew him when he was a writer on Hubpages, I kind of have the inside track on how he became what has been said is the greatest leader of the Free World since Honest Abe Lincoln, perhaps even rivalling George Washington in his ability to bind the nation together into one force, helping all and forsaking none.
Beep. Beep. Beep. Beep. Beep. I struggle to wake myself in the predawn darkness, reaching over to shut off that infernal clock. Finding it, I slap it on top, effectively silencing it for a moment. Laying my head back onto the soft pillow, I struggle to retain some of the dream that was flowing through my mind while sleeping. Something about Billibuc being President, and making the country better than what it had ever been. I grasp at the tendrils as they waft away, gone without memory. I cannot capture the thought, although I know something of worth was there. Shaking my head, I sit up quietly, not wanting to wake my sleeping spouse. I lean over and gently kiss her cheek, smiling as she smiles in her sleep. I get up, and walk out of the room. Another day is at hand. I haven't written a hub in a while; wonder what I should write about?