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    I wanted to explore the topic of the purpose of the Constitution being not only to protect Joe 6 pack but also members of Congress, POTUS and the Supreme Court. This story has been nagging me for a while to put down on paper. Repost if you want to. - OGM
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    Chapter I

    She sat on the bed waiting. It seemed so surreal. One moment they were in a private room at Willard Hotel near the White House toasting the fact the Constitution had finally been relegated to the trash heap of history and would no longer stand in the way of progress. The last vestiges of any power or influence that archaic piece of paper had once held was ended. Then she and the rest were whisked away "for their safety" as martial law was declared.

    She and the rest of the Senators and members of the House of Representatives present had been hustled into waiting limos. The cavalcade of long black cars sped through the streets of DC, escorted by black SUV's with flashing lights and sirens, headed for the mountains of West Virginia. Hours later the vehicles turned into what appeared to be a warehouse facility with high fences topped with concertina wire and manned gates. They began to disgorge their passengers near a small door. She thought she caught a glimpse of one of the Supreme Court Justices. Many were milling around. Some were demanding loudly to know what had happened. The area must have been built in a dead zone because no one's cell phone was working. Then order was imposed on the chaos and each politician was graciously escorted to a room, all the while being assured their safety was of paramount concern.

    She surveyed her cell. She now knew the room for what it was; a cell not a refuge. It had the look of a cheap hotel room. The differences were subtle. There was no clock, no phone, no electrical outlets, no lamps, lighting was recessed into the ceiling with tamper proof covers and no windows, no TV, no internet and no radio. There was no way to communicate with the outside world or anyone else and nothing to mark the passage of time. The quiet was defending.

    Lights came up. A chime signaled her meal was now in the cabinet. She had no contact with the deliverer. The meal appeared and the cabinet was unlocked so she could access it. The silence and isolation were hard. No meetings, no phone calls, no speeches, no papers to approve or sign, no politicking, no fundraisers, no bribes, no favors to call or make, no votes to sell, no influence to peddle, no lobbyists, no special interest groups and worst of all no one to talk to.

    At first the quiet had seemed like Heaven. She had sleep deeply that first night. Now she wondered if that first meal was drugged? How long ago had that been? There was no way to tell. After a while she had started to count the number of meals. It gave her something to do. Tonights meal was a surprise. There was a full meal. The ingredients were not rehydrated or scrounged from an MRE. It was real food with flavor and texture. There was so much she could not finish it. She debated holding back some for later. There was a knock at the door. The noise startled her. "Yes?". Her once polished speaking voice sounded rough and hesitant from lack of use.

    "Senator?", The door opened revealing two armed guards, "Will you please follow us?" one inquired. His face showed no emotion, his authoritative voice conveying this was an order not a request.

    Rising with practiced grace, she followed the first man down the long corridor. The second man followed a pace behind her. The leader paused to open a door and cant his head signaling her to enter the room leaving her escort in the hall. The room was empty except for two chairs and a desk occupied by what looked like a bureaucrat in a cheap rumpled suit. A small camera hung discreetly in a corner of the ceiling.

    The rumpled suit did not look up. He shuffled papers. "Please take a seat citizen. You are here to discuss your trial and prepare yourself for your punishment. If the judge is feeling generous, you will be allowed five minutes to make a statement. This is not a defense and will not influence the outcome of the trial". His words had a staccato delivery that suggested this was a well rehearsed script.

    "I don't understand. What am I charged with? What trial? How come I wasn't informed? Where is my attorney? Why was I held without bail?" She sputtered.

    The suit's shoulders slumped and he looked up with a resigned expression. "I am your defender, not that there is any defense for treason and crimes against humanity. You have already been judged guilty by the Committee for Justice.".

    When the shock wore off she countered with; "Young man I am a United States Senator....".

    "You were a United States Senator. Now you are just another criminal awaiting execution." He interrupted.

    "But I have rights!" she protested.

    "Those rights died with the Constitution. You now await sentencing for your crimes."

    She stared at a corner of the room. Outwardly she appeared calm, inwardly she was trying franticlly to assimilate what was happening.
    Last edited by Old Gray Mare; 10-06-2013 at 10:11 PM.
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    Chapter II

    Her former escort made themselves somewhat comfortable nearby in a small room lined with surveillance screens. One watched a screen showing the former Senator.

    "Why do you always call them by their old titles?" the guard who had followed asked. He was new to the staff.

    "They give us less trouble if they think they are still important." the other spoke from experience.

    "Do you think she will do a Nathan Hale speech?", he enquired of his companion.

    "No She is a Democrat. They do the; For the Children and Fairness speech. It was the Republicans who did the Nathan Hale thing.", was the reply.

    "I wasn't into politics before the pacification. Who was Nathan Hale anyway?" He asked.

    "On the news they said he was a terrorist who was hung by the government a long time ago."

    The End
    Last edited by Old Gray Mare; 10-06-2013 at 09:44 PM.
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    Nice start, I'm looking forward to more!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Narshalla View Post
    Nice start, I'm looking forward to more!
    This is all there is of this story. Comments would be wellcome.
    Last edited by Old Gray Mare; 10-06-2013 at 09:49 PM.
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    Excellent point, OGM! Thanks for sharing!
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    Thank you fro sharing. To bad we can't get a politician to read it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sssarawolf View Post
    Thank you fro sharing. To bad we can't get a politician to read it.
    If you think it would do any good send it to them. I am very concerned this could become their reality.

    Thank you all for your comments. If we lose the Constitution we ALL lose the Constitution.
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    Thank you for this. It is very thought provoking. As far as your comment:

    "I am very concerned this could become their reality", I believe that for many of them, it SHOULD be their reality.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vtshooter View Post
    Thank you for this. It is very thought provoking. As far as your comment:

    "I am very concerned this could become their reality", I believe that for many of them, it SHOULD be their reality.
    I strongly disagree. People, regardless of their station in life, connections or lack of them should be innocent until proven guilty. All should be equal in the eyes of the law. That is idealistic but it is an ideal we should strive for. All deserve legal representation, a jury of their peers, no one should be held against their will without bail or charges laid against them in front of an impartial judge, people should be able to face their accusers in front of a judge. This includes those that were involved in Fast and Furious etc.

    If true and impartial justice is denied for anyone it can and will be denied for everyone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Old Gray Mare View Post
    I strongly disagree. People, regardless of their station in life, connections or lack of them should be innocent until proven guilty. All should be equal in the eyes of the law. That is idealistic but it is an ideal we should strive for. All deserve legal representation, a jury of their peers, no one should be held against their will without bail or charges laid against them in front of an impartial judge, people should be able to face their accusers in front of a judge. This includes those that were involved in Fast and Furious etc.

    If true and impartial justice is denied for anyone it can and will be denied for everyone.
    Very well said. In any quest for justice or vengeance against those who you may think have wronged you, in whatever form, it is far too easy for someone to be railroaded. If the Rights encoded in the Constitution ,or the Bill of Rights are supposed to apply to all, then they must apply to all, regardless if the accused is a Billy Graham, or Barak Obama..

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    Very good points, thanks for the reminder of the rule of law

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    Very good reminder OGM -- the 'government officials' really found the meaning of Unintended Consequences. Very good telling of the importance of the need for the Constitution to be applied to ALL.

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    Back in college, while the earth was still cooling, my history professor told us: "After the revolution the first thing the PTB does is to get rid of or marginalize surviving revolutionaries." They successfully over threw one government. They could do it again. That makes them a threat. Maybe this was why Paul Revere remained a silver smith and John Paul Jones died in France? Historically Socialist coups are notorious for using more permanent methods of dealing with their former associates than our founding fathers.

    I do wonder about the longevity of people like Pelosi and Reid. What if the established checks and balance system fails to reigned in, shall we say: the President's creative form of leadership? They put him where he is and potentially could unseat him. What if Nancy Pelosi suddenly developed a conscious and called a press conference to explain in detail the president's meteoric rise in power? Including some questionable incidents? To be honest given what has been happening I am surprised they both have not retired. Russia is probably nice this time of year?
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    I don't remember the exact end to JPJ, but that last comment made me think of Heart Break Ridge where the commanding officer tells Gunny Highway that his kind belongs behind glass with a sign that reads "Break in Case of War".

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    Thanks for the story, Old Gray Mare, being a patriot I believe in the constitution and believe that it apply's to every citizen and person that is in this county legally and that they are all entitled to a fair trial. That being said your story portrays what will happen if the constitution is abolished or deemed not relevant for us any more and therefor needs not be obeyed or followed. What you wrote in your story will become the norm, not just for the politicians but for all that cross path's with whom ever is in charge that day. I fear that, that day draws ever closer, in reality and not just a story. Read the history of our world in just the last 100 years, and ask God to open your eyes and the eyes of the elected to what is coming if we stay on the path we are on.
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    Shamelessly Nudged.
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    Timley I'd say OGM.

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    Timely indeed! Why do you suppose my mind slides into believing HRC is the senator who is the center person in this little vignette? OGM, you point out some truths that either we all abide by the law or we will all be buried by it. OGM said:
    If true and impartial justice is denied for anyone it can and will be denied for everyone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kua View Post
    Timely indeed! Why do you suppose my mind slides into believing HRC is the senator who is the center person in this little vignette? OGM, you point out some truths that either we all abide by the law or we will all be buried by it. OGM said:
    "If true and impartial justice is denied for anyone it can and will be denied for everyone."
    Life truly is stranger than fiction. This story was written and posted back in October of 2013. HRC did not announced her intention to run for President until April 12, 2015* That's a year and a half after this was posted. The character of the Senator was meant to be generic and could have just as easily have been male. Strange the coincidence of life and how things work out.

    *http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/13/us...aign.html?_r=0
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