This is a work of fiction… Or is it?
January 20, 2009 – Minutes after taking the oath of office, President McCain dies of heart failure. Sarah Palin is immediately sworn in as President of the United States.
January 22, 2009 – After an exhaustive and deliberative search for the most qualified candidate, President Palin names Mike Huckabee to be her Vice-President.
January 26, 2009 – President Palin dies in suicide bombing while delivering her eulogy for John McCain before both houses of Congress. Two-thirds of Congress dies in the same attack.
February 2, 2009 – President Huckabee, from his safe house in an undisclosed location, blames Islamic militants for the attack, and declares martial law. He speaks to the nation. “In this time of great sorrow, and great danger, our nation must take time to find these terrorists hiding among us. We must root out this cancer that grows within the very heart of our nation. I am declaring martial law for the good of the nation, and suspending all elections until we have killed this cancer. We must find these terrorists, and I ask that each of you help us in finding these vile sinners. To that end, I am creating a Federal Task Force, Operation Gilead1, and I ask that you contact them to report any un-American activities you may observe. The number and website for Operation Gilead are on your screen now.”
February 13, 2009 – A bitterly divided Supreme Court declares President Huckabee’s actions unconstitutional, and orders that special elections be held “with all deliberate speed” to replace the members of Congress killed in the bomb attack. President Huckabee responds by ordering Federal troops to arrest the Supreme Court, and hold them as “probable enemy sympathizers.”
March 16, 2009 – After months of intense media pressure, President Huckabee once again speaks to the nation. “Tonight, I have ordered Federal troops to seize all assets of ABC, NBC, CBS, and CNN. These assets, as well as those of all major newspapers throughout the nation, will be controlled by the new Ministry of Information. The subversive actions of the so-called ‘fourth estate‘ during our nation’s time of great tribulation must be brought under control so that Operation Gilead may effectively complete its mission.”
August 3, 2009 – It is rumored that Operation Gilead has resulted in the arrest of over 750,000 American citizens, most of whom are Islamic2. Approximately 100,000 are rumored to be of other minority faiths, including various pagan beliefs and atheists. Not a single fundamentalist Christian has been arrested and detained in Operation Gilead.
January 20, 2012 – Very little is known about what is actually happening within what was once the United States, now known as the Republic of Gilead. The borders were closed shortly after the declaration of martial law, and the Ministry of Information is believed to “sanitize” all news reports from within those borders. Rumors have indicated various small uprisings have occurred in the past months. Each is said to have been quashed by the military with brutal efficiency. There is believed to be a resistance movement growing within the nation, but no one really knows it size, or if it truly even exists. The people of that once great nation were compliant and complacent about the crimes of their nation’s leaders even before martial law. It’s hard to believe that after all this time any of them have the intestinal fortitude to take on President Huckabee.
For more background on the Republic of Gilead, and what the internal life of residents is rumored to be like on a day to day basis, I strongly encourage you to read the fine novel, The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood.