“My fellow Americans: I am very humbled, yet emboldened by your vote
to elect me as your president. I thank you for your support; obviously,
I have earned your vote. I will now embark on the task of earning your
continued trust. I intend to do that by delivering on the promises that
I made during my very contentious campaign with Secretary Allison
Goodman. To accomplish these promises, we, the people, have to be
vigilant; we have to be bold. We have to take this country in a new
“This new direction starts with securing our borders. Under our
current immigration system, our borders are porous, wide open for drug
dealers, rapists, murderers, and terrorists to enter our country
unchecked, able to move about freely to do all kinds of terrible things
to law-abiding citizens. Other countries are not sending the best and
brightest to our country; they are dumping ‘human toxic waste,’ and
it is my job to clean up the mess.
“Furthermore, my ineffective predecessor has enacted recent
unconstitutional restrictions on our citizens’ right to bear arms
through a series of illegal and unethical executive orders. These
restrictions have left our citizens virtually defenseless against these
toxic, terrorist threats.
“My first order of business as your president will be to rescind these
executive orders, restore full 2nd Amendment rights to our people, and
encourage all of our law-abiding citizens to purchase weapons to defend
against the scourge caused by our current, extremely ineffective,
“My second order of business will be to secure our borders. No longer
will drug dealers, pimps, pushers, rapists, murderers, or terrorists be
able to freely enter our country through our southern border. I will
build a second-to-none border defense system across our southern border,
impenetrable border walls, and I will make Mexico and South America
share the cost. I will do the same along our northern border; Canada
will pay for our northern border defense system and help police it. If
either or both refuse, we have ways of convincing them to ante up. These
countries, indeed all countries in the free and not so free world, rely
on trade with the United States. We are their largest customers and
trade partners. Let’s see if they prefer tariffs on all goods entering
the United States of America. We also provide serious aid and military
support to many of these countries, and they will soon begin paying for
that support or it will be terminated. There will be no free rides from
the John administration.
“The third order of business will be to beef up law enforcement in
this great country of ours. We will increase border security, and
immigration and naturalization enforcement. We will create a new federal
police force within the Department of Homeland Security answerable only
to its secretary and to me. This force will be the finest of its kind
and will be tasked with protecting our citizens from foreign interests
that seek to destroy our country and our citizens.
“We will make America beautiful again. We will modernize our airports.
We have the worst airports; third world countries have better airports
than we do. We will make our country’s airports the biggest,
brightest, most technologically advanced, and beautiful airports in the
world. We will repair and replace our crumbling roads and bridges; our
crumbling infrastructure will be replaced with state-of-the-art
equipment, manufactured right here in the good ol’ USA.
“We will put America back to work again, as these tasks will be
performed by American-born workers. Advanced technology systems will
require workers with twenty-first century advanced technological skills.
In with the new, out with the old, I say. Our natural resources will
once again take center stage in the global economy. No more political
correctness in energy production. We will put people back to work in
Pennsylvania and West Virginia and produce energy for our people at a
fraction of current cost. How will we do this? By producing energy right
here in America and curtailing our dependence upon foreign sources,
especially those sources that sponsor terror. We will focus on price and
American pride rather than the junk science and political correctness
that has driven up the cost of our energy and ignores the resources that
we can mine for profit and supply to all corners of the globe. It is
high time that America assumes its rightful role as a global energy
“Finally, we will round up and deport all of those who have entered
into and remain in this great country illegally. Round ’em up; toss
’em out. I have no use for criminals, and these illegal immigrants are
a huge part of the criminal element that makes all of us law-abiding
citizens less safe in this country.
“We will combat terrorism and the global terrorist threat by taking
the war to the shores of the terrorists and by banning all current and
future immigration from any country that I deem to be a sponsor of
terrorists and terrorist activity. And, we will create jobs by
assembling and training the best and the brightest national immigration
and deportation force in the world. We will beef up federal, state, and
local law enforcement departments, which will create more law
enforcement jobs, manpower necessary to tackle the problems of local,
state, national, and international crime. It is time to prioritize
safety in this country. We will be the law and order capital of the
“We will make America safe again. We will make America strong again.
We will put America first again. We will make American secure again. We
will make America prosperous again. We will make America pure again.
With your help and God’s will, we will succeed in making America a
shining city on a hill once again. Thank you . . . ”
“ . . . God bless you, and God Bless the United States of America.”
Ayra Khan watched the Ronald John acceptance speech again and again on
her laptop. Who was he talking to? She had been glued to the national
television news stations for months watching every report she could. She
was fixated on social media and reviewed real news, false news, or any
news she could find that would help her understand the issues and calm
her fears that this man could actually become the president of the
She tried to provide reasonable commentary when an article permitted
comment. She engaged her friends and fellow students in thoughtful
conversation. The polls seemed to favor Secretary Goodman, a decent,
inclusive politician whose campaign slogan was “We are one America.”
The polls, as Arya had feared, were dead wrong.
The campaign battle was waged along racial and ethnic battle lines. John
seemed to be the candidate of white Christians who, he said, were being
shoved aside by politically correct politicians seeking to promote the
rights of minority interests. The “minority interest” that bore the
brunt of the new president’s rage was the Muslim population.
Throughout the campaign, he referred to terrorism as “Islamic.” He
vowed to stop the flow of Muslims into the country and to “weed out”
those Muslim criminals that were already here.
But whom was he talking about? Not Ayra and her family? She was born in
the United States. She was an American citizen; her parents were
naturalized citizens and as loyal to the United States as any Christian
person. Weren’t they all endowed by the Constitution with the same
rights and privileges as Ronald John? Didn’t she have the right to
life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness? Could this evil man make
good on these promises?
Ayra was an American citizen, born in Dearborn, Michigan, the daughter
of devoted parents who had fled war-torn Yemen in the mid-1960s for a
better way of life in America. Ayra’s parents worked hard to establish
roots in the multi-cultural Dearborn community. They owned and operated
a popular local fruit market, purchased and built from the ground up
with the sparse remnants of family money earned in the old country.
Ayra’s ancestors fled Northern Yemen at a time when the small Middle
Eastern country was involved in a series of conflicts with Egypt and
then President Gamal Abdel-Nasser. Nasser had sought regime change in
Yemen as far back as 1957. In 1962, he offered the Free Yemen Movement
financial support, office space, and airtime on the radio in an effort
to bring about the change he sought. Nasser’s prestige had taken a
severe hit as the result of his falling out with Syria and the
dissolution of his UAR (United Arab Republic). He sent expedition forces
into Yemen, concluding that a quick victory might assist him in
regaining a leadership role in the region.
Quick victory was not achieved, and the country became embroiled in a
war that was waged on multiple fronts, involving multiple governments,
and political and geographic interests. By the middle of 1965,
approximately 15,000 Egyptian men and 40,000 Yemenis were dead and Egypt
was facing a financial crisis. Despite billions in foreign debt, Nasser
implemented his “long-breath strategy.” His plan was to reduce troop
size from 70,000 to 40,000, withdraw from the east and the north where
his positions were more exposed, and to concentrate on two particular
border areas. The United States threatened to revoke some or all of a
multi-million dollar food and infrastructure aid package and, still,
Nasser refused to pull his troops out of Yemen. He vowed to stay in
Yemen for twenty years, if he had to. The “twenty years” never
happened; significant economic and political pressure prompted Nasser to
negotiate a treaty in 1967 and Nasser withdrew his troops shortly
In 1966, multiple gas bombings were reported, along with multiple
injuries and fatalities. The largest attack occurred in their own
village, Kitaf, where gas attacks caused 270 casualties and 140 deaths.
Ayra’s family was safely in America by then, embarking on a new life
in the land of the free.
The family settled in Dearborn, home to the largest population of Arabs
in the United States. The city’s Arab community has been growing for
at least a century, a growth that accelerated simultaneously with the
Detroit area automobile industry.
Henry Ford, in the early and mid-twentieth century, recruited thousands
of Middle Easterners to Dearborn to work at Ford’s mammoth River Rouge
plant. Contrary to the stereotype, many of those who fled the Middle
East for a better life in the United States were not Arab, they were
Iraqi Christians, Chaldeans, fleeing Muslim persecution. Dearborn,
however, seems to be one place where Muslims and Christians have been
able to live and thrive in harmony, peace, and prosperity.
The community has certainly not been without conflict and controversy.
Orville Hubbard was Dearborn’s most famous and longest-serving mayor.
He served from the early 1940s to the late 1970s and embraced
segregation. In 1985, a man named Michael Guido won the mayoral election
in Dearborn after mailing pamphlets to constituents promising to address
the city’s “Arab problem.”
A few decades before, the introduction of bilingual education was
controversial, as were halal options in school cafeterias and the sight
of traditional headscarves on Muslim women. Not so today, however, as
the city, informally known as the Arab and Muslim capital of the United
States, has elected its first Arab-American city council president and
added its first Arab-American chief of police. Dearborn is the home of
the largest mosque in the country, and a third of its population is of
Arabic descent. Its crime statistics and its average annual citizen
income figures are slightly less than the state median.
In the midst of all of this local peace and harmony, a man named Ronald
John was now the president-elect of the United States. He had campaigned
on a platform that promised to “rid America of the Muslim scourge.”
What does this mean? Arya pondered. Does this man seriously intend to
engage in a process of deporting all Muslims, whether here legally or
illegally, whether citizens or non-citizens? Isn’t that
unconstitutional? Ayra Khan was inspirited and . . . terrified.
“ . . . God bless you, and God bless the United States of America.”
Keith Blackwell stood at attention, saluted, and shouted aloud at his
60-inch curved 4K Ultra HD Smart LED Television. “God bless you, Mr.
President!” The fact that the television was made by Samsung,
manufactured in South Korea by people that he often referred to as
“short, dangerous, yellow men,” completely escaped his narrow mind.
The John victory was a victory for all white nationalists. “Make
America pure again? Hell yeah!” he screamed joyfully.
Blackwell was born in Howell, Michigan. He was the grandson of a former
Ku Klux Klansman who preached white supremacy to his family until it
became the family creed. Young Keith was taught, early and often, to
hate those who caused “impurity” in the white race. His mother
abused drugs at an early age and struggled with various forms of
addiction for Keith’s entire life. In fact, she was abusing drugs
while she was pregnant with Keith. She and Keith’s dad were huge
bigots. She hated blacks, Jews, Asians, Muslims, Hispanics, and anybody
else who wasn’t white and Christian. She spent her free time getting
high and stepping out on her husband at all hours of the day and night.
Why the two of them stayed married all of those years was a mystery to
Keith was a rambunctious little boy. His parents were not churchgoers,
but Keith found comfort in the Bible and attended church, most often on
his own. He attended Bible school, asked many questions, and was often
dissatisfied with the minister’s answers. If there was no Christ in
your life, your life wasn’t worth living. You can’t embrace others
or “love thy neighbor” if thy neighbor does not accept Christ as
He was much worse than a simple bigot. He believed in white Christian
supremacy and became increasingly disenchanted with a church that
preached love and tolerance of other races and creeds. Today’s Church
is bullshit; there are other ways to worship, other ways to live.
Eventually, Keith joined a white supremacist cult, a faction of the
Neo-Nazis that he would eventually fully embrace. This was his calling;
he received a message from God to “terminate impurity” in the world
and that is what he intended to do. He needed a base of operations, a
place to develop his termination skills.
At age 18, Keith was caught shoplifting high-end electronics at the
local Wal-Mart store. He was taken down to police headquarters,
processed, fingerprinted, and charge with larceny over $1,000, a felony.
His court-appointed attorney negotiated a plea deal. Keith could face
felony charges or he could enlist in the US armed forces division of his
choosing. If he did so, the charges would be reduced to a misdemeanor;
his service to his country would serve as his probationary period.
Keith wanted the charges dropped or, in the alternative, wanted a
complete expunging of his record at some time in the future. The local
prosecutor would not budge off the original offer. Keith was guilty; he
had no choice but to accept the deal. Besides, he did not expect
anything good from a corrupt criminal justice system. The charge would
stay on his record, and his fingerprints and DNA would remain in the
criminal database. If I keep my nose clean, what do I have to worry
Keith enlisted in the United States Army and spent significant time in
Southeast Asia. This was his first exposure to Asians who, he decided
(and later wrote), were “vastly inferior to white people” and, as
such, “should not be immigrating to the United States and impregnating
During Operation Desert Storm, his unit was stationed in Bagdad, where
he had his first encounter with Muslim Arabs. Keith questioned the
United States’ role in the Middle East and was determined to survive
the war and start a movement to undermine American involvement in Middle
Eastern affairs. Using the pen name Nomo Islam, he wrote a blistering
anti-Muslim manifesto entitled “Why does America Assist Terrorist
After receiving his honorable discharge, he returned home to Howell a
hero. He sought, but could not obtain, suitable employment.
Minorities—as he so rudely called them: Niggers, Spics, Kikes, Camel
Jockeys, Chinks, and Nips—had snatched up all of the good jobs that
whites used to do. One day, after applying for and being denied a job at
a Dearborn, Michigan, assembly plant, Keith wandered into the local
office of The Conservative Council, or TCC, as it was known. He showed
its leaders his manifesto, and his white supremacist future was
cemented. He moved to Dearborn, developed a website called “USA
1Pure,” and posted his manifesto as its initial blog posting.
The post went viral, and Keith became a household name in the local
supremacist movement. He publically advocated for the destruction of
Holocaust memorials worldwide, and suggested replacing them with Hitler
monuments. He argued that blacks are, by nature, violent people, and
could never live in harmony with white people. He suggested that they
should embrace slavery and return to their roots as a subservient
society. He also continued his blistering attack on the Muslim
President Ronald John’s call for mass deportation of Muslims was music
to Keith’s ears, and he immediately embraced and supported the John
campaign. He raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign funds
and was thrilled to discover that the money was accepted by the campaign
and put to good use. He became an ardent John supporter; he attended
John rallies, carried Make America Pure Again signs, clashed with
liberal demonstrators, and wrote article after article attacking
Secretary Goodman as a “kike” whose expansive agenda for America
would cost real Americans jobs by the thousands.
“It is high time for real Americans to take back this country.”
When John won his first primary, Blackwell wrote: “RonJohn is da man!
He will be the Republican nominee, mark my words. When he receives the
Republican nomination, he will, almost certainly, beat the liberal Jew
because white people everywhere will finally be able to vote for someone
who represents our issues, our interests.”
John was certainly not a traditional candidate. RonJohn, as his closest
friends and supporters liked to refer to him, degraded women; he
nicknamed his opponent “Frail Allison” because she had once taken
ill on the campaign trail and “lacked the balls” to be president. He
denounced Muslims as “terrorists,” proposed barring Muslim
immigration, surveillance of mosques, and suggested a database to keep
track of all Muslims living in the United States. He referred to blacks
as a “hopeless people with nothing to lose by voting Republican for a
change.” To John, Mexicans were “pimps, pushers, rapists, and
murderers.” He promised to build a huge barrier along the southern
border to prevent these “sullied elements” from entering our great
country. Keith Blackwell cheered at every one of these statements.
Unlike most elections, where words matter and are used against a
candidate who preaches bigotry and hatred, none of this horrible
rhetoric stuck to John, at least not in a negative way. He narrowly won
the Electoral College contest despite losing the popular vote to
Secretary Goodman. In his latest blog tirade, Blackwell praised John’s
multiple, bigoted statements and promised undying support to “our
exalted, supreme leader.” Keith Blackwell listened to every word of
John’s presidential acceptance speech. Keith was pumped; he was tired
of writing and ready for action.
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