Episode Ten of SHADOW REVOLUTION PREVIEW
….Bert Paxton, chief engineer of broadcast operations, glanced up at the clock. It was 9:10 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, July 3, 2010. Everything at Network broadcast headquarters in New York was rolling along quite smoothly. Suddenly all monitors went blank. Bert yelled out in alarm. “Why have we got dead air? Get that signal back on the air, and I mean right now!” Dead air space was a cardinal sin in the broadcast business, and anyone responsible for that usually lost his job.
Cathy Thursby, assistant operations engineer, was frantically working to get back on the air. “We can’t seem to locate the problem, Bert. Our systems check indicates nothing is wrong.”
“I don’t care what the systems check says. We’re off the air and have been for nearly a minute and a half! I want that signal back on right now!”
“We’ve monitored the other networks including PBS and Cable. They’re down too,” Cathy reported.
“What in hell is going on?” You mean to say the country’s whole broadcast system is down?” Bert asked.
“It appears so, even radio.”
“Something big is going on here, people. Something scary,” Bert exclaimed. Just as Bert finished his statement, all the monitors came back up showing the image of Titus Coppard.
“Who in hell is that guy?” Bert asked. “And how did he get on our broadcast network?”
“I’ve never seen him before, and I have no idea how he got on,” Cathy answered.
“Well, find out. Call the other networks too, to see if he’s on there.”
Thirty seconds later someone yelled that he was also on the other networks.
“Geez,” Bert mumbled under his breath.
“Shh, everybody,” one of the monitor engineers said, “he’s about to speak.”
Bert directed his full attention to this invader of their network.
“My fellow Americans,” the man on the screen began, “my name is Titus Coppard, and my message is primarily directed at your President and your Congress, but it will do well for all of you to listen because what is about to happen will affect your lives as well.”
This brought everyone in the control room to full attention. Titus continued. “Several years ago some friends and I recognized that America was on a fast track to political suicide, and the Constitution was hanging by a thread. The America that most of us had grown to love, the America envisioned by the Founding Fathers was dying by its own hand. We took it upon ourselves to make changes in the Congress through the election process to try to get America back on track. We took our credo for these candidates directly from the writings of Senator Barry Goldwater, which I will now quote to you. Here are his words.
‘I have little interest in streamlining government or making it more efficient, for I mean to reduce its size. I do not undertake to promote welfare, for I propose to extend freedom. My aim is not to pass laws, but to repeal them. It is not to inaugurate new programs, but to cancel old ones that do violence to the Constitution, or have failed their purpose, or that impose on the people an unwarranted financial burden. I will not attempt to discover whether legislation is needed before I first determine whether it is constitutionally permissible. And if I should be attacked for neglecting my constituents’ interests, I shall reply that I was informed that their main interest is liberty, and in that cause, I am doing the very best I can.’ Close quote.”
Titus paused for effect, then, turned to his notes. “We felt that America was drifting dangerously close to a socialist welfare state. Not enough of the electorate felt as we did, however, and we were unsuccessful in our attempts to elect representatives to Congress that would restore America to the original principles and fundamental beliefs of the Founding Fathers. Therefore, we had to resort to more drastic measures.”
Bert was incredulous. Drastic measures? What kind of drastic measures could he be talking about? His interest piqued, he listened as Titus continued.
“My speech tonight is to explain those drastic measures, but first, let me share a bit of information with you. Professor Alexander Tyler from England made a speech over 200 years ago concerning the fall of the Greek Empire.
“In that speech, he said democracies ultimately fail when the electorate discovers they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasuries. He described their demise through a process I will call the circle of bondage. Those once free societies all made the complete circle from bondage to freedom and back to bondage in a time frame of about 200 to 250 years.
“Professor Tyler explained that this process occurred in eight stages. While in bondage, a people develop a spiritual relationship with their God. This spirituality breeds a moral base from which comes courage. Courage inspires them to fight for their freedom, and they are usually successful. With freedom comes prosperity. Unfortunately, human nature being what it is, prosperity seems to bring a relaxing of the moral base, and this leads to selfishness, greed, and class envy. This selfishness also breeds apathy. Apathy leads to dependence, and dependence leads them back to authoritarianism (bondage) to maintain order. Looking at Greece today, it appears they didn’t learn much from that lesson.
Bert’s fascination heightened. An interesting scenario, I hadn’t heard of that.
“We believe,” Titus continued, “the United States of America is now in the dependency stage of this cycle with all of its social programs and regulations, and shows no willingness to try to break out of it. Therefore, we have decided to take action before we are put back into bondage. Tomorrow morning many of you will be attending Fourth of July festivities celebrating America’s independence from England. There will be another independence celebration tomorrow as well, the independence of the Free States of America….”
Well, friends, this ends the preview of the novel. There are more twists and turns to come, but the book will be on sale at www.amazon.com and www.barnesandnoble.com, in three or four weeks. If you’d like to find out more about these twists and turns, I’d very much appreciate it if you’d purchase a copy and read the entire novel. It will be available in print and Kindle versions at amazon.com. Print version only, at Barnes&Noble. Thanks.
P.S. I’m disappointed the different stages toward bondage are a bit hard to read in the image below, but I believe if you click on the image itself, a sharper more clear image will appear—I think. 🙂 You may have to double click.