Reader imagines what he would do

If I was a liberal socialist Democrat I would engulf the whole of America in darkness.

I’d seize half of its real estate and redistribute four-fifths of its wealth, but I would not be happy until I had seized total control of you. I would set about however necessary to take over the United States. With a campaign of whispers.

With the help of the media, I would whisper to you, “Do as you please.” To the youth I would whisper “The Bible is a myth.”

I would convince them that man created God, instead of the other way around. I would confide that what is bad is good and what is good is square.

In the ears of the young married I would whisper that work is debasing, that cocktail parties are good for you. I would caution them not to be extreme in religion, in patriotism, in moral conduct. And the old I would teach in prayer to say after me “Our father which are in Washington.”

Then I’d get organized.

I’d educate authors how to make lurid literature so exciting that everything else would appear dull, uninteresting. I’d demand that TV air dirtier movies.

Idle hands works well in socialism. So I’d infiltrate unions and urge more loafing, less work.

I’d peddle narcotics to whom I could, I would ply ladies and gentlemen of distinction with alcohol, I’d tranquilize the rest with pills. If I were a liberal socialist Democrat.

I would encourage schools to refine young intellects, but let emotions run wild.

I’d designate an atheist to front for me in the highest courts and I’d get preachers to say, “She’s right.”

With flattery and promises of power I would get the courts to vote against God and in favor of pornography. Evicting God from the courthouse, then from the schoolhouse, then from the Houses of Congress. Then in his own church.

I’d substitute psychology for religion and deify science.

If I were a liberal socialist Democrat I’d take from those who have and give to those who wanted until I had killed the incentive of the ambitious. Then my police state would force everybody back to work.

I would separate families, putting children in uniform, women in coal mines and objectors in slave-labor camps. And I would convince whole states to promote gambling as the way to get rich. I would caution against hard work, patriotism and moral conduct.

I would convince the young that marriage is old-fashioned, that swinging is more fun, that what you see on TV is the way to be. And thus I could undress you in public, and I could lure you into bed with diseases for which there is no cure.

In other words, if I were a liberal socialist Democrat I’d just keep right on doing on what I am doing and the whole of America will be mine.

Robert Ware

French Creek


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