By John Fedele
I have been observing this planet for a few centuries now. I have seen nations and rulers come and go, have seen disasters, both man made and those by nature, and have seen how these mere mortals handle themselves in a crisis.
For the past decade, I have focused on a place called The United States of America. If this planet is to become part of the collective, it will have a lot to do with this country. But,it is amazing that such a country can exist, what with the mixture of species that make up the country. What is worse, they have a ruling system that, until a few years ago, centered on the rights of the people. The people actually believed they had the right to determine their destiny.
They are now closer to understanding what we have known for eons, the government and the rulers know what is best for the people. Soon they will be choosing a leader, a drama that seems to occur every four Earth years. They are in the midst of a primary where the most important thing is a persons past actions, not his/her ability to fix the problems of the nation (although, with the current ruling authority, they are as close to utopia as they have ever been, so I don’t see what needs fixing. What it needs is to continue on the path being pursued by the present authority). But I digress. This primary thing is to select someone to challenge the current ruler. This is where I get confused. It seems after the opposing parties dig up as much dirt as they can on each other, the voters decide which of them is less untrustworthy, and vote for that individual. That is good for the current ruler. The next part is to decide which of the two, the primary winner or the current ruler, will become the new ruler.
Since the voters know all the good and bad things about those two, mostly about the primary winner, since it appears no one can say anything bad about the current ruler (kinda like what we have). The whole race will boil down to who is against abortion, gun control, gay/lesbian marriage, and what is their religion.
As of now it looks like the current ruler has the lead. If it turns out he wins, then I think this planet is almost ready to join the collective. I will let you know.