At first, no one had ever heard of this new, young, charismatic leader, Osaka Barahm. He seemed to rise to prominence from almost nowhere. He espoused change and vowed to move Bestland further away from its roots, which somehow were construed to be the real source of all of Bestland’s failures and problems. The media and power brokers got behind this new leader and practically raised him to cult-leader status. The change-hungry mobs, the “gimme more” crowd, quickly got behind him, too. The “used to be content” masses no longer were content, but never dreamed such a newbie to world leadership could ever win. After all, who was he?
Osaka Barahm was a Bestlander, but only by birth. He was legally a native Bestlander, but ethnically, educationally, and ideologically vastly different than any of Bestland’s previous leaders or even the hopefuls who had run for office and lost! He made it quite clear that Bestland needed even more changes and that if elected to the nation’s highest office, he would see that it happened.
The masses said, “No more! We need to return to our roots!” The new wave cried for “Change!” Barahm fed them a steady diet of Change Rhetoric – little substance, no real answers to real problems – just promises of change for the better. Like kids gorging themselves on sweets, the new wavers ate it up and demanded more. And Osaka Barahm promised them all they wanted! His rallies raised the question – Can we change? And the crowds yelled “Yes!” Can we do better? Yes! Can we become wiser? Yes! Are you entitled to more? Yes! Yesss! Yesssss!!
With every rally and speech the crowds were whipped into a frenzy shouting “Yessssss!” so much and so often that as the nation neared election time, it became clear that more change was coming to Bestland. But no one seemed to have a clue how bad that would be. The Yessss cries of the mob sounded to those who knew down deep, much like the hissing of vipers!
The Book had told the account long ago of how the serpent had deceived the world’s first parents and ushered sin and judgment into the human race. But then, the Book had been quietly dismissed from the public arena and its influence had diminished. Only a few now recognized the hissing of the serpent when they heard it.
The election ushered in a new era of more change. Osaka Barahm took the reins of Bestland and began his reign as a world leader and rained madness upon the people. Eager to please and hungry for more, politicians and judges, backed by the cheerleading media, sided with the new leader to ignore history, redefine age-old laws and principles for society and try to change Bestland forever.
It was a new nation – no longer Bestland, but now called ‘Chainjidahl’. With a chameleon-like leader, the new government would change its color or shed its skin to appease anyone who might agree or help promote its own agenda and attack any who opposed.
As the masses finally began to wake up to what was really happening, they began to cry out, only to be squelched in the name of tolerance! Freedom of speech seemed to be granted only to those who agreed to be PC – others were branded as bigots or ignorant or, at best, outdated. Schools and other government affiliated agencies were threatened with lawsuits if they dared defy the new regime – all masked as toleration for anyone different or new. Churches were threatened to tone down their stands against abortion and homosexuality and for the traditional family. In fact, the family was redefined, abortions were promoted and once again tax funded, homosexuality was not only tolerated but promoted, and any other opinions belittled or even outlawed.
The military was weakened. Banks and many other big businesses went bankrupt. Taxpayers had to shoulder the burden of bailing out companies who had made unwise, greed motivated and sometimes even illegal decisions. As companies went under, jobs disappeared and more and more people needed help. Help can only come from more taxes or from depleting other sources, causing them to need help as well. The public school system fell into disarray. Healthcare went into a crisis mode. National morale hit an all-time low. Yet, politicians and entertainers seemed to be thriving! Even so the criminals. Oh, wait – that’s reduntant! Many of the politicians and entertainers are criminals! Well, at least some say.
Chainjidahl needs to repent. The citizens need to rise up again and make at least one more change. – back to Bestland. It’s an election year again. Is change still needed? Yes! More than ever. But a change back. No, not to the “good ol’ days”, because they never really existed. But to the roots. The truth is, like it or not, Chainjidahl’s roots go back through its history as Bestland, to the Book. Bestland was founded and flourished on the principles of the Book.
About half the people of Chainjidahl won’t like that, but the other, the masses that remember and long for Bestland, would say, “There are lots of other islands in the sea. If you don’t want Bestland, move to one of them or change! Join us! Help Bestlanders rebuild Bestland!
What’s that I hear? Do I detect a warm breeze?