What do you call it when a minority of the people forces its will on the majority, either directly by using force or more subtly by maneuvering the mechanisms of government? That’s a coup. And it’s going on now in North Carolina, where the legislature is sitting in emergency session to thwart the will of the people. The Republican gerrymandered houses of NC are shoving through a bunch of laws to limit the power of the newly elected—Democratic—governor and pack the state’s supreme court. In the last Congressional election in that state, Democrats won 51% of the vote but Republicans took 3/4 of the seats. The numbers are similar in Pennsylvania.

In Washington, Republicans control the House and the Senate while representing a minority of the population and now the loser of the presidential election is going to take office and put in place a Supreme Court justice who should have been appointed almost a year ago by the President who actually represented the will of the people.

Most American told pollsters that they did not like the direction the country was headed in. That is because they are not being represented. Someone else’s legislator is calling the shots with someone else’s interests in mind.

And if you don’t like the way things are going now, wait ’till the coup is completed on January 20 when a compulsive liar puts his hand on the Bible and swears to support and defend the Constitution of the United States.

Author: leonardrysdyk

Leonard Rysdyk is the author of more than a dozen novels, stories, articles and poems. His work has appeared in many publications including Snow White, Blood Red, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Aboriginal Magazine and the New York Review of Science Fiction. A professor at Nassau Community College, he teaches literature (including science fiction), cultural history (including the history of science) and is an acknowledged innovator in the field of Computer Aided Instruction (CAI), a subject on which he has lectured and consulted.

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