|Posted by Stewart Brodian on September 13, 2022 at 11:30 AM|
The curtain rises.
There is a lone figure standing near a table.
The lone figure is then lighted. - it is Thomas Jefferson
I have been brought back to discuss the question of Tyranny?
(walks towards the table, picks up paper)
When I composed this declaration, part of it's purpose was to release ourselves from tyranny!
We were convinced that we could operate independently from our mother nation and we fought hard for years for our independence.
Now, the thought of a leader of our nation would himself become a tyrant?
Unimaginable, unfathomable, unthinkable!
Laws were written into our constitution that would prevent any possibility of such an occurrence!
This is one of the reasons for our government having three branches in order to assure that one man would not be totally dominant.
That's one of the concepts on which this country founded to get away from!
Congress shall confirm the election results and he tried to stop it?!
Was he not familiar with his obligation to uphold and defend the constitution?
Where have wee evolved to where the one person whom the majority have voted to be entrusted to lead our nation would seek to destroy the very foundation upon which it stands?
(offstage voice) I suspended habeus corpus
TJ (looks stage left) Who is this?
AL (approaches stage right) Whereas in the course of human events, as you have written sir.
TJ Who are you?
AL I am Abraham Lincoln. 16th president of the united states.
TJ You are from my future
AL I am and in my day, some accused me of tyranny.
Some have accused me of an abuse of power.
The southern most states of this nation.
So much were they opposed to some of my policies that they seceded and formed their own nation.
TJ A second split from a mother nation!
AL Yes... a split of four years and war that sent tens of thousands of my citizens into their graves.
TJ How did you mend the nation afterwards?
AL I did not have the chance.
An assassin prevented me from fulfilling my goal.
TJ That must be disappointing.
AL It is and to see our nation on the verge of another crisis has not only concerned me but frightened me!
TJ How so?
AL with more efficient means of communication than in your time, I fear more destruction can be created and more fear that would make this nation implode!
(another offstage voice) Perhaps a unifying cause would settle some disputes between the nations' citizens?
TJ + AL Who's there?
FDR (Enters from right in wheelchair) I am the 32nd president of these United States, Franklin Delano Roosevelt
FDR Yes. Franklin!
TJ You have the same name as an esteemed colleague of mine.
FDR Yes. It's now a goal of unification
AL: How do you mean unification?
FDR In my day, we had a similar goal and that was to defeat tyranny!
TJ Tyranny from whom?
FDR: The Germans and the Japanese!
TJ The Hessians?
FDR The Germans were at war with the British and they were trying to take over the whole world.
TJ We were helping the British?
AL We blockaded British ships from assisting our rebellious south!
FDR We joined them in defeating tyranny
TJ Time heals all wounds.
AL Yes, indedd!
FDR The idea of a nation's leader attempting to overthrow his own government infuriates me!
TJ We have seen similar things in France.
AL Yes, but in your time that was used to overthrow an oppressive government.
FDR That government whom was trying to be overthrown was most oppressive - the overthrowers were the oppressed.
TJ Oppressors being the overthrowers
(another voice) Unpalatable
FDR ho speaks?
Obama I am #44 Barack Obama.
TJ A slave?
AL A freed slave!
FDR A soldier.....
BO A president.
TJ What might your view be in mind of recent events?
BO Non of my color took part in the insurrection.
AL A revolt of your color occurred in 1831.
TJ (to Lincoln) Had my proposal to free his people been ratified, there may have been no need for a revolt.
BO Had there been a revolt during my tenure, the situation would have been handled differently.
FDR What do you mean?
BO The National Guard or State Militia would have been summoned and massive arrests would have been made.
AL Another Gettysburg?
BO I'm sorry to say, a few more shots would have been fired but, the oppressors would have been greatly outnumbered and fighting would have not been long - presumably, the rioters would have conceded to the situation.
FDR Reminiscent of MacAurthur heading the national guard over the Hooverville.
TJ + AL (looks over)
A bad occurrence in front of the white house which I'll explain to you gentlemen, later.
BO Now, the time has come to judge
FDR We judge a man of poor judgement.
AL We judge a man who created another civil disagreement
TJ We judge a would be tyrant