On Monday November 14, 2016 Naomi Wolf received a summons from President-elect Summers’ staff to meet him at the Royal Plaza Presidential Suite in New York on the coming Friday at 2 pm to discuss civil liberties. This was a traumatic experience to Naomi who had worked to the best of her abilities to defeat him though he was a Democrat as she had been some years ago.
Nine years ago in a lecture at the University of Washington she had said there are tipping points which mark the transition from democracy to fascism. She had been alarmed at what George Bush had been doing but was disheartened by the Obama administration. Ever since the passage of the NDAA in 2011 which repealed Habeas Corpus, the Magna Carta, right to a trial and indefinite detention without trial, she had become an outlaw in the eyes of Homeland Security. She opposed to no avail the subsequent legalization of torture and the revocation of citizenship by administrative fiat.
Her first thought upon receiving her summons was to gather her friends who had worked with her in the civil liberties movement for their advice and moral support. America was rapidly becoming a dictatorship. Some half jokingly said she might be arrested at the Plaza. But that was entirely possible in the New America.
President Summers had promised a New Day for a New America in his recent campaign.
Her website and her old video lectures had been scrubbed from the Internet. Free speech had been easily curbed by a 30% unemployment rate. The Department of Homeland Security had created a system of security checks which were required for even the lowest paying jobs. You had to have positive id to get on the Internet and a license to be a webmaster or even write a blog. That made organizing resistance in the New America very difficult. It took her a couple of days to gather her friends together. One suggested a tactic from an old War II movie used by a captured American officer. He went in to the German general to determine how the men under his command would be treated. Naomi’s friends wanted advanced warning of anything bad coming their way. News of her Wednesday night meeting traveled far and wide. On Thursday a friend took her to dinner. Complete strangers came and wished her luck. An editor wanted her to write a cryptic piece saying something about the end of old ways (meaning the end of the Bill of Rights.) Hopefully, this did not necessarily mean the beginning of rampant torture and disappearances. The most troubling aspect of the Summers campaign was his statement that to move America forward would require that a hundred or so obstructionists who were hampering economic recovery would have to be taken out of the picture.
On Friday the first few minutes of her meeting were uneventful until Naomi and the President-elect met privately.
Mr Summers opened up by saying, “I have always admired you as a person despite our differences. You are a beautiful woman with lots of friends on the outside so you know you aren’t going to disappear today. He attempted to make a joke by adding maybe tomorrow but definitely not today.”
Naomi was not amused by his little joke but said nothing.
He continued. “We have a new program to remove obstructionists. What I am saying to you will never be printed in the press. Nor will it be seen on the Internet. But we do want you to tell your friends what I am revealing. Our new program to remove obstructionists is something our surveillance tells us your friends were wondering about. Our surveillance is both electronic and human. Yes. Multiple informants reported to us everything you said and did since Monday. I must emphasize that we want you to tell your friends this too.”
He paused for a second to read Naomi’s expressions and then continued. “that program to remove one hundred obstructionists was a real money maker for our campaign. All of the corporations lined up to donate money to us in exchange for promising to take certain specified people off the streets. We told them we would take the troublemakers out of circulation only if they donated to us rather generously and gave nothing to the Republicans. We brought in so many illegal aliens that the Republicans will never win another election anyway. A wise man once said America suffers from Excessive Democracy. We are a poor nation now. Wages in real dollars are half of what they were in 2008. Everything belongs to 50 corporations as it should. We cannot deliver as much to our donors as we did in the old days. Having one party cuts the cost of elections in half and reduces demands for a return to democracy.”
“What we plan to do is give a Notice Of Separation to about 10,000 people in our in our first trial run of the program. I know 10,000 is not 100 but what can I say. It was such a popular idea in the corporate boardrooms. A Notice Of Separation does not take away your right to vote because we are in a one party state now so voting is useless anyway. What it does is to separate you from the Bill of Rights. You will be forbidden to participate in politics, protests or even discussions thereof. Nor will you be allowed to associate in political groups. Oh. Our donors insist that is to include consumer rights activities as well.”
“You will be the very first woman in America to receive a Notice Of Separation. You will be given a career suited to your abilities that keeps you out of public view, You will never be interviewed again. Your writings will be confined to personal issues for women in the New America. We were thinking of making you an editor of a magazine for young single women. Any violation of the Notice Of Separation will result in a one year confinement. No need for a trial. A second violation will have permanent consequences. Any questions or comments, Naomi?”
Naomi saddened said, ” This is the End of America.”
“Yes, he said. Welcome to the New America. We wanted you to be the first to know. You are such a beautiful woman. And people love you even if they disagree with you. They will listen when Naomi Wolf says the days for resistance are over.”
Author’s Notes: I rarely write fiction. I wrote this to appeal to a different audience. I admire Naomi Wolf’s stand for civil rights, but I think she does not comprehend the nature of our enemy.
I normally write essays like these:
The Mathematics Of Austerity: Proving Austerity Never Was Even Intended To Work
Nine Myths And Misconceptions About Money That Can Literally Kill You
25 Reasons To Absolutely Despise Bankers And Their Minions
Finally I must include her video which is worth seeing. The only step remaining for America to take to become a fascist state is for Obama to declare martial law.