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...and why he didn't save himself when he could
OPINION: by John Bascom
Caine was sentenced to hang at Gitmo, not so much for what he did, but for what he DIDN'T do: he wouldn't tell.
John Caine is the central fictional character in the new political and biotech novel, Caine's Pestilence. Non-political and uninvolved, yet blindly accepting—like just about everyone else at the time—of the 2014 ultra-liberal Orwellian America where we join his life, Caine meanders blithely through President Nancy Pelosi's far left nightmare. For a while, anyway.
It was the famed Irish writer and satirist Oscar Wilde who first told us art imitates life and vice-versa. This insight is borne out by the fictional world encountered by Caine in the novel: a world where national decline is the product of attempting to guaranty the bounty of the liberal agenda to every American. In Caine's world, a Fundamental Human Needs constitutional amendment has been pushed through by the Pelosi administration, assuring among other things: the right of every woman to cosmetic surgery, every American's right to a plaintiff's attorneys, and an end to capital punishment—except of course for Caine. Taxes are raised and endless regulations are promulgated, but only on corporations and successful people. The not-so-surprising results are huge deficits, a dying private sector, spiraling unemployment, high interest rates, out of control inflation, and the end of American power and prestige. Of course Pelosi blames all this on "previous administrations." And she justifies her initiatives under the banner of "helping the little guy," who is of course the one hurt most of all by the aftermath.
As life mimics art, today's real-world political landscape portends the fictional disaster that materializes for Caine in the novel. Obama's rhetoric today seems designed to appear centrist—compromise, free enterprise, shared sacrifice—but his actions are every bit as extreme-left as his infamous liberal congressional allies. We live in a stranger-than-fiction world where massive deficits undermine our nation's solvency in order to fund liberal initiatives that are an enigma to the American people, such as universal government controlled health care. And multi-billion-dollar "stimulus" spending has had anything but a stimulating effect. As in Caine's 2014 world, today's result has already been rising unemployment rates and flagging confidence in our country's economic future. Can spiraling interest rates and hyperinflation be far behind? Just ask Caine.
So what is Caine's crime, one so dastardly that the Pelosi administration would bypass its own constitutional prohibition on death to sentence him to hang? Poor, hapless Caine inadvertently created something, an otherwise beneficial agent that causes people who are exposed to comprehend the fraud of the liberal promise. And that is intolerable to Pelosi. All he has to do is tell what he did so that it can be stopped, and everything will be made right again for John Caine. What specifically is that liberal promise and what precisely is this agent? How could anything possibly have such an effect? What if anything does Caine tell, and why? Well, all that is a story for another day. But the very last sentence in Caine's Pestilence is the concluding line of the final report of the Caine Commission, formed to investigate and understand all that occurred. "The next steps, if any, are in the hands of the American people," the report concludes.
What then can be done to perpetuate for future generations the American miracle experienced by us and our forefathers? To stop the pestilence that is the spread of the destructive nanny-state liberal agenda? And to forestall the world of John Caine in 2014? Only the vocal, active initiative of an aroused and concerned citizenry; you and me. "The next steps, if any, are in the hands of the American people…" Caine's Pestilence tells us.
John Bascom is a retired banker, part-time college teacher, financial consultant and
the author of
Caine's Pestilence, a novel
of biotech mystery and political intrigue available at
Amazon and as a
Barnes & Noble Nook book.
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