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Events have funny ways of surprising us.
What few guessed, as late as 1987, that the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact had but a couple dozen months to live? Who could have predicted that Jethro Tull would win a Grammy Award for metal, head-to-head against Metallica? And did anyone really expect breakdancing to ever go out of style?
Imagine, for a moment, the possibility of looking back a few years from now on Barack Obama — Nobel laureate, failed Messiah — and labeling him as the last President of the United States of America.
Not the former President, no. The last, final, ultimate President.
It’s entirely possible. Political regimes change markedly, crumble and are swept aside all the time. On the scale of history, the form of government in the United States is already overdue for a fall.
Barack Obama being the last American President would seem to entail the breakup or dissolution of the United States as a political entity, though that may not necessarily be so. One can imagine, for example, the rise of a new monarchism, the replacement of the executive Presidency with a more European-style Premiership, or any number of other structural changes which alter the form of government, but leave the beast more or less intact. None of those would be particularly grand outcomes, though, in my view.
I would like to see the Washingtonian Empire, the Imperial United States of America cease to exist entirely as a political entity — by next Tuesday, if possible, but at least within the next three and a half years.
How might that come about? What might we do to help make it happen?
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