The Second Revolution

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Fantasy  |  House: Booksie Classic

Everything reaches a breaking point.

The Second Revolution

© 2020 by Jim Shipp

It began when the president, through executive order, abruptly abolished Social Security, Medicare, and other government assistance programs in his ongoing effort to eliminate “deadweight” drains on the nation’s economy.

He assumed that these liberated funds would help offset the trillions he had squandered on disastrously wasteful policies.

The former reticence of the public immediately gave way and millions of people, old and young, descended on Washington, DC.

As he had done before, the president erected barriers around the White House and called on the military to protect him, while he hid in a bunker below that venerable edifice.

The legions of troops were simply overwhelmed as citizens kept advancing and dying until the soldiers were vanquished.

There were some disaffections among the public, people who curiously aligned themselves with the president, but these, too, were routinely put down until the citizens controlled the situation.

Newer, more advanced weapons were taken from the bodies of the soldiers and others who fell in combat, further tilting the odds in the public’s favor.

High-ranking military officers who had previously been disgraced and humiliated by the president appeared at the front and organized the ragtag militia into an efficient fighting force.

The People’s Army put its back to the White House and began methodically moving forward across the country.

The president, in his hole in the ground, posed no threat, surrounded as he was by this newly created paramilitary contingent, and was left alone for the time being.

The ranks of the People’s Army grew with each step forward. It was joined by civilians and soldiers alike. One might find himself or herself fighting side by side with a mechanic or a movie star, a web designer or a waitress.

The cleanup took less than six months. Millions perished, but they were all the right (wrong) people.

The president’s cowardly order to self-destruct the entire country by exploding all its nuclear weapons at one time was ignored.

He and his remaining supporters were rounded up and unceremoniously deposited on a barren atoll in the Aleutian Islands. Medical care and provisions were periodically provided.

The generals and admirals supervised a national election. One person, one vote. A new president was elected and began choosing his cabinet members and other appointees. The new government slowly began to function.

The date was December 26, 2020.


Submitted: July 11, 2020

© Copyright 2021 Jim Shipp. All rights reserved.

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88 fingers

A second revolution could turn into a second civil war. Very good story.

Sat, July 11th, 2020 9:10pm

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Thanks much. They already did a movie called The Second Civil War, so I tried to go beyond. Best wishes, Jim

Sat, July 11th, 2020 2:12pm

Serge Wlodarski

I'm old enough to remember when Republicans were still Americans. Good story.

Sat, July 11th, 2020 11:16pm

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Yes, Serge, I also remember when Democrats and Republican could engage in civil discourse. Thanks, Jim

Sun, July 12th, 2020 2:03am

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