posted on Sep, 30 2008 @ 03:45 PM
Okay, four years from now.
President Obama is facing down a newly organized Republican party headed by their nominee, Newt Gingrich with Jeb Bush as VP. The Republican ticket is
considered a long shot by most even this late in the game, but it's been a shot in the arm for the party, well-run and sticking to the issues. Many
seats in the House and Senate are expected to swing to the Republicans, reminiscent of the Gingrich revolution in '94.
While still largely dependant on petro-energy, Americans are more and more able to tap into the solar grid that's expected to be finished nationwide
by 2022. Las Vegas plans to be totally non-carbon electric by 2013.
Due to rising food prices and concern over GM foods, many people have found some way to garden. Most homeowner societies and neighborhood groups now
allow residents to grow vegetables in both front and back yards, though livestock are still banned, besides rabbits and chickens in some semi-rural
communities. Heirloom vegetables, once a fading relic of America's food past, made a resurgent comeback. Many people still engage in traditional
"western" style gardening, managing two small plots and alternating which gets uses, but those who are pressed for space have adopted ancient
American methods of growing corps such as corn, beans, and squash together on one plot year after eyar, to good effect.
A black mark on Presidentt Obama's record was the short-lived war with Pakistan. For the first time since the end of the Iron Eagle series, Americans
could turn on their television to watch an air war in action. Casualties were low, but tensions were high, as three nuclear powers shot at each other.
The war lasted four months and ended with a cease-fire. Even those Americans most favorable to Obama call the exercise pointless, and it's a strong
talking pint in the Gingrich / Bush campaign. India and Pakistan still face border skirmishes.
On a brighter note, relations between the United States and Iran are warming. Hard-line Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was ousted by the public
who re-elected the more moderate Mohammad Khatami. The presidents of the two nations have met both in Washington and Tehran. Though there are still
concerns - particularly after the Iraqi elections turned Iraq into an Iranian territory in all but name - sabers are no longer being rattled in the
Contrary to the alarmist rhetoric of late 2008, the American banking industry did not collapse. To be sure, the banks took losses and the American
people had a big scare, but thanks to the so-called Sanders Plan, a true crisis was averted. Though the Republicans opposed the plan as "socialist"
the party was too disorganized after the travesty of the McCain-Palin failure to offer much opposition. As the nation's treasury refills at no loss
to the American public, many of those same Republicans are now eating their words.
Ironically, spurred by the Palin associations, the Alaskan Independence Party managed to win a fair number of seats, resulting in the long-waited
amended vote. Almost unanimously, the people of Alaska re-ratified complete statehood, leaving the AIP without much of a platform for this election
cycle. Taking note of this loss, secessionist parties in Hawaii, the Vermont, and Puerto Rico have all but conceded defeat. Hawai'ian secessionist
parties have shifted gears towards increased native sovereignty, while the nationalist parties of Puerto Rico have done a complete one-eighty turn and
advocate full statehood as a method for increasing the clout of the island. Peurto Rico is expected to become the fifty-first star in the American
flag this year.
The roads are no longer dominated by massive pickups and inefficient SUV's. Instead small cars with high efficiency dominate the roadways/ Hybrid
cars with more power are still on the road, but the day of the 3 MPG gas guzzler are gone - people simply can't afford the costs. Gasoline has been
hovering steadily around five dollars for the past two years and isn't expected to drop anytime soon.
Those who were expecting some high-tech revolution resulting in an economic boom like the dot-coms of the 90's are disappointed. While new
technologies are starting to soar, the expertise needed in the fields continues to bar most Americans from making a living in the industries.
Ironically, the Bush administration is credited with one success - the ban on Embryonic stem cell research pressed scientists to explore more avenues,
leading to several breakthroughs without ethical questions. Though total organ replication is still years away, therapy for cancer patients has proven
rather effective, as have some treatments for mental degenerative diseases.
By and large the American public is employed in blue collar industries. Several new restaurant franchises have opened their doors regionally. In a
curious cultural phenomenon reminiscent of what happened after American soldiers returned to the business world after fighting in the Pacific, Iraq
veterans have brought the Middle East back with them in the form of themed restaurants and bars. It helps that in the new America of small
agriculture, goat flesh and cheese are gaining popularity.
Similarly, after a wave of Afghan and Iraqi immigration to the US, together with warmed relations with Iran, many American teenagers and young adults
are looking to Islam to answer their spiritual questions. Most adults consider this to be another youth fad, and are probably right.
Speaking of religion, the fundamentalist right wing has largely abandoned the Republican Party, much to the relief of most Republicans. Rather they
are supporting the ironically named Constitution Party - Ironic because with the support of the fundamentalists, the Constitution Party has become a
Christian Fascist party similar to the Falange parties of Lebanon and American fringe politics. However by numbers alone it's considered a viable
party. Constitutionalists and Libertarians spend more time screaming at each other over the internet than actually campaigning or voting, so honestly
not much has changed there in the last four years.
Environmentally, conditions continue to worsen, though not quite at the rate as in the past. Most nations have adopted a "hope for the best, but
prepare for the worst" approach. The problem has generally been accepted to be tied to the ever-increasing human population, but as expected, no
nation on earth seems willing to try to tackle that particular problem!
No Child Left Behind was abandoned, and the idea of merit pay for teachers was scrapped. Textbooks are still bad, but teachers are no longer tied to
them by government threat. The level of education in America rises, but it isn't meteoric. Still, most American high schoolers can now find the
United States on a map - even a mislabeled one.