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ONE PERCENT SOLUTION . . . (one page per day) Page 95 of 252

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A satire of dysfunctional politics and economic disparity.  

Chapter IX: Day/Page 95 CONTINUED FROM YESTERDAY. . . .  And so, as the decades fell like dominoes, one behind the other, right-handers methodically tore down society’s secular edifice, brick by brick; and built on the ruin of temperance and reason, a new temple instead—a temple based not on what one can prove to be true, but rather on what one believes to be true—a temple based on faith. A “faith-based world,”they called it. A world blithely bereft of scientific facts and figures, progressive religious doctrine, alternative points of view, or anything else which conflicted with their rigid, conservative, faith-based ideology.

And thus a new political party was born; a party pledged to rigid conservative theology, consolidated economic power, and dog-eat-dog, winner-take-all capitalist principles. To give their party’s name a catchy twist that would stick in narrow minds, they called themselves the Konservative Konsolidated Kapitalist Party, or KKK, whose members could be identified by the pointy pyramidal caps they wore, symbolizing their staunch allegiance to the sloping pyramid of Dribble-Down Theory.

When critics called them “pinheads,” because of the silly caps they wore and the breadth of ideas they tolerated, those on the right locked up their detractors and claimed the moniker for themselves, thus turning a negative into a positive. Pinheads we are, and Pinheads we shall always be, they proudly and accurately proclaimed.

As the rise of the radical right surged, blasphemous books were purged, inconvenient histories rewritten, and the societal pendulum we spoke of earlier was ultimately seized, shoved far to the right, and nailed firmly into place there. Nobody, the KKK vehemently vowed, would move that pendulum left again without a freaking crowbar.

Immediately upon their seizure of power proposals were made, and stamped into law, banning the use of birth-control, because The Great Book said that was a no-no and against the law of their god. Additionally, and for the very same reason, the Pinheads and KKK outlawed abortions and mandated that all pregnancies must be carried to term, regardless of the circumstances leading to conception or the burden coerced on those concerned.

Initially certain exceptions were made, such as in the case of rape. So lawyers for the liberal left, seeking to overturn the repressive new laws, took a risky tactic and argued that if all life is sacrosanct at conception, as the Pinheads maintained, then the life of a fetus conceived through rape must be as sacrosanct as all others, and thus due equal protection under the law. They argued that in order to justify banning the termination of any pregnancy, under the guise that all fetal life is sacred, one must—unless they are grossly hypocritical and legally inconsistent—ban the termination of all pregnancies. There can be no exceptions. Either all fetal life is sacrosanct, or not. Either all abortions are banned outright—or everyone gets to decide for themselves what is morally right for them personally. You can’t have it both ways! There is no middle ground.

The hope of the left was that . . .


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This book is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, organizations, places, events, and incidents either are the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, events, or locales is entirely coincidental.

Copyright © 2013 by Gregory James      All rights reserved


About Gregory James

After 20 years working and living overseas, I returned to the US and was disgusted by how partisan and polarized the country had become. Civility and compromise are now quaint things of the past, replaced by intolerance and the rule of extremes. So I gave up a lucrative career for staring at blank pages and searching for words, in the hope that words might help enact change. Stupid. . . . I know! But after 9 months of labor I birthed forth a book, entitled ONE PERCENT SOLUTION. Reminiscent of Vonnegut, with a dash of Saramago and Fforde, this humorous, satirical, often irreverent romp mocks the absurd we accept to be normal, ridicules the ridiculously low bar we set, and challenges all of us to demand more of ourselves by making light of what is sacred that shackles us.


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