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Chapter 4 of Mr. Tucker’s novel 2065, which we are serializing, on America after China’s seizure of Pearl Harbor.
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“Alright, tell them I’ll be there.
“Who is our Ambassador to China?” said the President, turning back to the business at hand.
“Samuel Federer,” said Adams. “He’s an old China hand. He’s had some health problems recently and may be about to retire.”
“He’s very knowledgeable about China,” said Darwin Slater, the diminutive head of the National Security Council, brushing some dandruff off his suit. “I think he’d be the man for the job.”
“Alright, let’s get him back to Hawaii and see if we can get started on some kind of negotiation,” said the President. “Now could someone get that pollster back in here a moment? I have to go on television in ten minutes and convince the American public this is all really happening. Does anyone have any ideas?”
This was new to everyone.
“How about bringing in a group of Hollywood directors to say they couldn’t create anything like this in virtual reality?” said Vice President Meers.
“People will believe Hollywood,” said Wadsworth.
“Probably more than they believe us,” added Adams ruefully.
“What’s the level of public skepticism on other issues?” asked Treasury Secretary Singh in his usual analytic fashion. The pollster had entered the room and heard the question.
“Forty-five percent believe the debt is an illusion,” he said impassively. “Fifty-five percent say the Mars Expedition of 2057 was a fake. Fifteen percent think China owes us money.”
“What the percentage for those moon landings in the last century?” asked Kiernan Train, the Secretary of Technology.
“Fifty-five percent still believe they were staged in Arizona,” said the aide. “It’s held fairly steady over the past thirty years.
“How many of them believe in Santa Claus?” asked the Secretary of the Navy.
“Thirty-four percent of all children under eight, sir,” said the aide without blinking.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?