But if the rich people put the rest of us on a spaceship to Mars, could they do without us, I wondered, not wanting to overchallenge my friend, who couldn't wait to get back on his spaceship and leave this zoological Inferno.
What would happen is that the rich people would divide themselves up into classes based on exactly how rich they were. The lower class would consist of those who earned less than $1 million a year, I supposed. $250,000 to $1 million, to be more exact. The rest of us would be gone. They wouldn't know the difference. They'd be too busy concentrating on amounts of melanin in their skin and things like that.
What would we 99 percent do when we got to Mars? Promptly pollute their pristine civilization with the warped priorities that plague all of us, still in the grips of the American dream?
"I've decided to uninvite the 99 percent of Americans who are not super-rich from coming to Mars," said my green friend, tipping his hat as he headed back for his flying saucer, which no one had noticed.
"You're welcome to visit anytime," he added, though without a great deal of conviction. He was just being polite.
We need more naïve objectivity to show us what we are doing besides creating a slippery slope to hell.
My friend's flying saucer rose quickly into the atmosphere. I knew he was going at full speed. Why did no one else even notice? I wasn't imagining things.
It's just that what's happening here is beyond imagination. And we're wasting a lot of time and money. Why not just rescind those articles in the Bill of Rights that extend the vote to minorities? Instead, every technique possible is being used to disenfranchise people. And those who don't want this to happen are slapping a few wrists with their palms flat, palms that are quickly filled with bribes.
Shall I list the ways in which disenfranchisement is spreading over this country like lava eructed from a live volcano?
One: Violation of all of the Bill of Rights amendments pertaining to voting rights.
Two: Proliferation of electronic machinery that is permeable to a huge variety of corruption, both built-in and externally stimulated.
Three: Long, fabricated lists of people who are not allowed to vote because they may have a name similar to a felon's somewhere in this country, or the name on the registration list may not match a name on other government lists because it is hard to spell or has been changed or lacks a middle initial.
Four: New laws that require lists of new registrants to be handed in within forty-eight hours or else (otherwise large amounts of money will be charged).
Five: Forms of caging, including robocalls that tell people that Election Day has been moved to Wednesday or that it has been canceled or is open only to people whose names begin with A- to L-, etc.; Sending notices to people bound not to be accessible because of foreclosure or service in the military or change of address (notices are marked "do not forward"); Distributing leaflets warning that people with unpaid parking tickets will be arrested if they try to vote; etc.
Five: Harassment of people at the polls on Election Day by people with cameras, disguised as police or CIA staked out in cars with blacked-out windows.