Freedom of speech was a thing of the past, except on paper. "Christian Thinking," as defined by the ACNP and based on the "Innerant Bible," as interpreted by the ACNP, was the only way of thinking acceptable throughout the White Republic. People not accepting "Christian Thinking" who did not keep their thoughts to themselves were subject to a wide variety of penalties, from loss of employment (a practice previewed in the old United States by the so-called "black-listing" practice of the "McCarthy Era" of the 1950s) to confinement in a "drug rehabilitation" camp.
Freedom of the press and the media in general was also a thing of the past. Although all media outlets, newspapers, radio, television, and political virtual reality were privately owned, they were all licensed and no one who was not known to be an absolute supporter of ACNP policy could get a license. Freedom of choice in the outcome of pregnancy had long since vanished. The public school system that had been developed in the old United States since the early 19th century had ceased to exist, replaced by a combination of public and private religious schools and home-based education. Sex education and the provision of contraceptives were banned. Homosexuality had been made a crime. The old "welfare" system had been terminated completely, and the principal remaining achievement of the "New Deal" of the President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1933-1945), the Social Security System, had been dismantled by a process Right-Wing Reaction called "Privatization."
The 16th Amendment (providing for a Federal income tax) had been repealed. Subject to Congressional review, the President had been given the power to rule by proclamation in "times of national emergency" (very similar to the "Enabling Act" passed by the German Reichstag [parliament] in the early days of the Hitlerian Chancellorship which gave him, through the democratic process, the authority to rule by decree [Shirer]).
By Constitutional amendment as well, the "Laws of God" were established as superior to those of the Constitution. (Although at the time of the Supremacy Amendment's ratification there had been some controversy about just what the phrase "Laws of God" meant, as noted, upon the creation of the NAR the ACNP proclaimed that thenceforth it would make all such determinations.) The 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments to the old Constitution had been repealed, under the Borkist theory of "Original Intent."
Economically, as a result of the previously noted under-investment in both the private and public sectors, manufacturing, the basis of American world-wide economic dominance for most of the second half of the 20th century, had declined to a very low level. However, all limitations on lumbering and coal mining had been eliminated, in order to establish what the ACNP called a "Resource Based Economy." That had made the takeover of the four Western Canadian Provinces with their largely untapped coal and timber reserves essential, and had at the same time reduced the NAR to the status of what in the 20th century had been called a "Third World" raw materials exporting country, although one operating at a very high level.
But a one-party, theocratic state, based on a racist theory of human existence, with a continually declining standard of living, and a significant number of oppressed people under its thumb, even if it came to power by democratic means, cannot maintain that power without the use of brute force. The history of all other such countries demonstrated that fact. Thus there was a national police force called "The Helmsmen," "those with their hands on the helm of the ship of God's state."
The Helmsmen enforced ACNP rule and rules, legally and extra-legally (although there were no legal means to combat their extra-legal use of force). Having both a public and a secret face, it had much in common with the Schutzstaffel (SS) of the old Nazi Germany. A series of camps, under the control of the Helmsmen (as the "Concentration Camps" of Nazi Germany had been under the control of the SS), were located on closed former military bases. They had been originally established by one of the first acts of "The Last Republican," President Carnathon Pine (2001-2004), as part of the "Real Drug War" he had announced in his Inaugural Address of 2001 (see the next Chapter).
Well before 2017, the camps had been adapted to the broader purpose of confining, in not too pleasant surroundings, opponents of the regime. (The camps were, however, not nearly as unpleasant as the extermination camp for "homosexuals" which would be set up in 2020 as part of the "Second Final Solution" [see Chapter 18].) As noted, the Mexican border had long since been closed with a pro-active, at times seemingly life-like, "Killer Fence." More advanced versions of the "Killer Fence" were used to completely isolate the "Provinces" of both the Black and Red Republics.
And that, in brief, is a picture of the NAR in 2017. This book will fill in that picture, will add color, depth, and focus to it, by tracing the history of the Fascist Period through a description and analysis of the documents which shaped it, and by hearing the voices of a few of those who lived it. In brief here is presented an overview of that documentary history.
The Documentary Trail of American Fascism
2001 The Inauguration of President Pine, the Last Republican, and the Declaration of the Real Drug War.
2002 The "Preserve America" (30th) Amendment to the Constitution. It provided that henceforth no person could become a citizen of the United States unless at least one parent were a citizen of the United States.
2003 The Supreme Court decision in Anderson v. the United States. It reversed the early landmark decisions by the Court of Chief Justice John Marshall, from Marbury v. Madison (1801) to McColluch v. Maryland (1823), which had originally established the Supreme Court's power to review and void on Constitutional grounds Executive and Legislative branch actions, a power nowhere to be explicitly found in the Constitution.
2004 The First Inaugural Address of President Jefferson Davis Hague (delivered from the National Cathedral on Christmas Day). He had won the Presidency as the candidate of the new Republican-Christian Alliance.
2005 The Morality (31st) Amendment to the Constitution. It outlawed abortion under any circumstances; prohibited any teaching in any educational institution on any matters concerning sexual functioning; declared homosexuality to be a matter of choice and denied any civil rights protections to homosexual persons; prohibited all forms of Federal, state, or local government funded outdoor relief for the poor; and repealed the 16th Amendment (which had established the income tax).