February 8, 2009

Term Paper from the Future

By Douglas E. Gogerty

Term Paper: The Rise and Fall of the New Convicts
Class: Ancient History 101
Student: Danu Apu Nagappattinam
ID Number: DAN-2873-883

Part One - The Disconnect with Reality

Who were the new convicts? What did they do? Why would anyone wish 2 to consider them? Were they important? Did they have any major impact? In this first part of this paper, we will explore who they were and what they believed. We will discuss how, after they reached the pinnacle of their power, they ended up being disconnected with the real world, and how this led to their downfall.

The "new convicts" were a political movement in the ancient world. While little is known about the actual members, they did have a major impact on the eventual fall of the super power known as the United States of America. Their rise to power was quick, and they were relevant for less than thirty years. However, their influence shook the foundation of the society, and led 2 to its undoing.

The name new convicts was likely given to them at the height of their power when one of their members was convicted of disclosing the identity of an undercover operative. Thus, Libby "The Scooter" Lewis, gave the label to the entire political movement.

While this political movement may have existed for some time, a charismatic leader eventually led to them holding a very powerful position in the government. He became the chief executive of the United States government. The name of this particular leader has been lost 2 to us. However, from several sources we have a possible name. In these sources he was called Saint Ron.

Saint Ron had several beliefs that his followers would grab onto in the attempt to maintain power. While it is known than Saint Ron suffered from an infirmity of the ancients which caused doublethink in its sufferers, his followers did not allow this to prevent them from following his lead.

Thus, because of his charismatic leadership, his followers build a system completely disconnected with the real world. For instance, Saint Ron spoke of small government, but under his leadership and those of his followers, the government increased its size. This was one of the cornerstones of the new convict movement. Often the leadership would say they were for one thing, but implement the opposite.

Nevertheless, this particular stratagem gave them wide support. Their policies convinced many people that the only thing keeping them down was the government; thus, the masses would support the new convict candidates. Their promises and talk were completely disconnected with the actual implementation. They only stated these things 2 to obtain popular support. However, the actual policies only benefited a limited number of people. Everyone wanted to be one of those few, and thus supported new convict candidates in the belief that they would benefit. Since their movement was built upon a complete disconnection with reality, it would cause their eventual undoing.

In an effort to convince the masses that they were attempting to get the government out of the people's business, they had a policy 2 to cut taxes. Everyone was for paying less. In actuality, these tax cuts benefited the very top echelons the most, but could easily be sold to everyone. While they were decreasing the amount of income, they were simultaneously increasing the size of government. Therefore, the new convicts ran enormous debts. Because of the decrease in revenue, they had nothing to pay for the increase in the size of government.

As U can C you can see, their policies could never lead to a sustainable system. When times were hard and something needed to be done to stimulate the economy, the debts were too large that no money could be found. It was a major economic downturn that resulted in them losing power for good.

To illustrate further this disconnect with reality, there was one small stretch where they did not hold the executive branch in their 30 year reign. An opposition leader was in charge for an eight year stretch. This was the only time in their entire span of influence with solid economic growth.

It is not that they lost all power. They had plenty of members in the legislative branch. Nonetheless these members wasted their time with trivialities. The new convict members of congress spent all of their time attempting 2 to dethrone the opposition leader. Hence, they spent a great deal of time discussing sexual conduct. They did not enact any legislation favoring their position. In this way, they allowed the economy to expand.

Once they regained a position in the pinnacle of their power, they enacted a large number of their policies. Since these policies were not grounded in reality, the consequences were dire. They got involved in several conflicts which further depleted resources, both financially and environmentally.

At the pinnacle of their power, they had control of the legislative branch and the executive branch. Further, they could appoint friendly members to the judicial branch. They could fully enact any of the policies favorable 2 to their point of view.

As I have stated numerous times, one of the major problems with the new convicts was this complete disconnect with reality. Instead of using evidence to support their ideas, they would base their beliefs solely upon the opposite of what the opposition believed. Further, they would use everything at their power in an effort to convince people that what beliefs they held were indeed true. There were new convicts in the media outlets continually expressing the view that what they said was a reality.

For instance, when it was obvious that humans were negatively impacting the climate, the new convicts denied the evidence. They used all of their political might 2 to deny the scientific data. They had several media outlets decrying the falsity of the human influence of global climate change. Hence, with their influence, instead of attempting to rectify this growing problem, they simply went on increasing the negative impact. Instead of accepting the reality of the situation, they denied it and made things worse.

By using the channels of communication to disperse their unreality, they convinced ordinary people that those that used evidence and research to make decisions were the bad guys. They attempted to make educated people out as non-standard. They called them elitists, as if it were an insult. They attempted 2 to build a gap between those that used rigor and experiment to determine reality, and those that simply wanted to be told what was true.

Thus, it is clear that the new convicts did not base their policies in any sort of logical manner. They simply chose a position and did everything in their power to assert that the opposition was at fault for spreading false information. This would even be the case with clear real-life situations.

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February 15, 2009

Term Paper from the Future

By Douglas E. Gogerty

Term Paper: The Rise and Fall of the New Convicts
Class: Ancient History 101
Student: Danu Apu Nagappattinam
ID Number: DAN-2873-883

Part Two - The Lasting Legacy

What the new convicts believed was discussed in the first paper. It was pointed out in the first paper that their ideas and policies were not based on anything but ideology. They did not worry about facts or consequences of their policies as long as they matched their ideology. In this section, we will look at the effects of these beliefs, and how they implemented them.

Since the new convicts had vast resources, they used them whenever possible. They had news outlets, televideo, a thing called the interwebs, and even archaic audio-only transmissions. Further, they had these groups of people called think tanks. The sole purpose of these think tanks was 2 to release quotes for use in the media, write contrary commentaries, and put forth the agenda of the new convicts and their positions.

With all of these influential media outlets in place, they would use them for a variety of things. In the beginning, they used a very ingenious tactic. They would use all of their media resources to label the independent media outlets as biased against them. In an effort for fairness, these outlets would garner to their positions. Thus, these fair outlets had to provide a point of view that did not conflict with the unrealistic positions of the new convicts.

Furthermore, because the positions and ideologies were not based on anything factual, the new convicts experts could say anything. Further, no one could contradict them because they would cry bias. It was a loop that caused great damage 2 to the open society that was the United States of America.

To illustrate, the new convicts were very anti-taxes. At every available opportunity they would decry that taxes were hurting the country. Never mind that these taxes paid for services that greatly benefited the people and industries that gave the new convicts their opportunities. The United States government had a huge military that gave all of its citizens tremendous security. The government maintained alliances with other countries that provide a large amount of business opportunities. What the taxes paid for gave these new convicts opportunities throughout the world.

Nevertheless, their anti-tax stance caused the government 2 to borrow huge amounts of money to pay for these services. Even as the amount that the government owed ballooned 2 to unmanageable levels, they would continue to ask for more tax cuts. They would claim that only tax cuts can generate employment. Once again, a position that had no basis in any actual research. Hence, if any legitimate news outlet would claim that this position was untrue, they would claim media bias. Therefore, their policies began to spiral out of control.

At the height of their power, many of the goods and services offered by the various governmental agencies became taken for granted. In this way, the new convicts could push their unsustainable anti-tax policies on an unsuspecting public. The average citizen would not think about all of the services that were provided by their government. They just liked the idea of paying less. Thus, these policies led 2 to a quick fall from power for the new convicts.

At first, they lost the legislative branch. Hence they could no longer enact any legislation that they wished. They played a very obstructionist role 2 to prevent the opposition from destroying all of their in place policies. Also, they continued to have their media influence. Thus, any drastic policy changes would cause outrage from the think tanks and the friendly media outlets. In this way, the opposition party in control of the legislative branch had to temper their legislative actions.

Shortly afterwards, the new convicts lost the executive branch, and they had to use their resources 2 to hold onto the remaining policies. They called for a new spirit of non-partisanship. Of course, what they meant was to continue with their policies. They would cry fowl whenever the opposition would not agree with them. Furthermore, since they would always vote together, they would point out that the opposition party was not reaching out to them whenever legislation would pass.

Since their policies were not based in reality, there were legitimate reasons they lost power. With the vast amount that was borrowed and the lack of any oversight, the economy became very unstable. Even over the short term, their policies caused an enormous economic catastrophe. When their policies did not result in prosperity that was promised, support for the new convicts greatly decreased. They lost support for many of their positions. It appeared that reality had a bias for the opposition party.

They used all of their resources 2 to fight any legislation meant to fix the economic problems the government was facing. They attempted to sabotage all proposed fixes. They hoped that the opposition in power would fail. In fact, there were many from their think tanks and media personalities that openly admitted this. They bluntly stated that they hoped the new executive would fail. Of course, they did not think through what that would entail. It would mean a deepening economic crisis that was almost the worst their country had ever known. With the failure of this new administration, the economic crisis could become the worst. Further, their policies were actually responsible for the situation their country was experiencing.

Nonetheless, the new convicts did not gather their influence and resources for nothing. While they did not base their policies on any research or evidence, many believed that they were still for the best. After all, many of their followers were doing quite well. This wealth and influence was supposed 2 to trickle down to the masses. Of course, greed was preventing this from happening. The wealthy new convicts were into gaining enormous wealth for its own sake.

They maintained their influence as long as they could. They used all of their resources to sabotage all policies contrary to their positions. After all, they continued 2 to have strong influence in the judicial branch. Not to mention, their societal influence through their media outlets and their other resources were free to operate without governmental intervention.

The new convicts would need 2 to use all of their vast resources if they were to maintain any influence at all. Thus, they would have to take drastic action. In a last ditch effort, they gathered to determine their course of action. Their eventual solution was drastic and daring. It would reverberate throughout their society for generations. They used their influence on such a drastic measure. It was an all or nothing proposition. We will look at that in part three.

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February 22, 2009

Term Paper from the Future

By Douglas E. Gogerty

Term Paper: The Rise and Fall of the New Convicts
Class: Ancient History 101
Student: Danu Apu Nagappattinam
ID Number: DAN-2873-883

Part Three - The Failing Attempt to Stay Relevant

In the previous section we found the new convicts losing their influence. At the time, the national economy was in dire straits. Because the new convicts were in power, the general public blamed them for the situation. In an effort to stay relevant and retain power, the new convicts had to take some drastic measures. We will look at their last initiative in this part.

The new convicts felt their sliding popularity which led them to losing the legislative branch of the United States government. They had some time 2 to enact a diabolical scheme to retain influence. They had not finished enacting all of their policies, and they believed that if they were given a chance everything would be fine. As has been stated numerous times, their core beliefs and policies had no basis in reality.

They needed a scheme that would give them a chance. Thus, they had a person infiltrate the opposition. This charismatic individual quickly rose in the ranks. This scheme shifted the blame from off the new convicts and onto a targeted group led this implanted opposition member. After all, they still had their media outlets saying whatever they needed to say.

Thus, when this charismatic leader was elected 2 to the chief executive post, their scapegoat was in position.1 Everything was working out as planned. Even before a single policy was enacted, the new convict controlled media began criticizing every move the opposition made. They were going to ensure that even the slightest misstep on every enacted legislation was going to be shown as a failure. The new convict legislators still in power would fight at every turn. They would attempt 2 to add amendments to derail all opposition policies. They were obstructionists.

The new convict media outlets would harp on every little thing. Since their legistlators all voted in a block, they continually claimed 2 to be left out of the process. They would cry that any talk of bipartisanship was a false campaign promise. Of course, bipartisan legislation would be whatever the new convicts wanted. There could be no compromise.

The media controlled by the new convicts had spent years complaining about various organizations. These organizations helped people get into housing. These organizations assisted poor people obtain governmental representation. These organizations epitomized the position of the opposition. Thus, these groups had 2B to be destroyed.

Therefore, with all of their positions solidified and their scapegoat in office, they began their final solution. This action would give them a permanent majority in the legislative branch. Furthermore, it would certainly give them a boost in chances of retaining the executive branch.

What they needed was a segment of the opposition party to place blame. This segment had to be easily identifiable. It was important to be able to clearly identify this group. Further, this group had to be have some very wealthy members. These wealthy opposition members would forfeit their wealth to pay for the short term needs of the rest of the country. That is, they would pay for new convict policies.

While this group of wealthy opposition members would certainly have its share of popular personalities, they counted on the citizenry 2 to accept the free money from this minority group. The popular athletes and media stars could easily be shown as leeches draining money from average citizens and producing nothing to society. At least, the job to convince the public of this was given to the new convict media outlets.

They had planned to round all of these scapegoats up and fix everything. They had not quite determined what to do with this vast group. However, something cheap and effective would certainly be devised. Perhaps they planned on some mass shower or something. The influx of money taken from this group and the outgoing influence of this group on the opposition would be highly popular with new convicts.

The only snag, this policy had been tried before with disastrous results. The new convicts hoped that no one would put the two policies together, but that was not to be. Their last ditch effort ended in failure and they lost all influence.

However, the ripples of some of their policies shook the civilization to its core. The powers of the executive became so great that many citizens did not notice the change into Imperial rule. They did notice when this new imperialism led to an attempt to take over the remaining countries.

In an all or nothing attempt to gain domination over the entire world, this United States did not end up with it all. Thus, their civilization fell to ruins. There is nothing left of them except fragments from here and there. In fact, there are many who do not believe that they even existed. It was all because of the power and influence of the new convicts.

1. "Barack Obama takes office as Republicans’ scapegoat", The Ancient Pravda Fragments Vol 2, (2000-2100): 47.

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Term Paper Professorial Review
for Student: Danu Apu Nagappattinam
ID Number: DAN-2873-883

Grade: F

While Professor MacInnes's theories on this so-called United States of America are interesting from a anthropological standpoint, this is not an anthropology course. Further, there is little evidence that the shallow ocean and rocky islands that lie between Europe and Asia were ever a powerful continent. Nevertheless, tales of the lost continent of North America have no place in my history class. We deal in concrete evidence and well supported historical events in this class.

Also, an entire paper with only one citation is certainly not up to grade. Research in my class means more than a fragment of an ancient tabloid known for UFO stories and stories of the paranormal. If you can find support for your theories, you will need to come up with a great deal more evidence.

Finally, this is a term paper and not a text message to your mates. Be careful to use proper language and stop interspersing your text-messaging shortcuts in your paper.

By the way, I believe "Neo-Con" would be more properly translated into New Conservative rather than New Convicts. While your version does make a bit more sense in this context, some of what the ancients said did not always make sense. How can a conservative believe an anything new? You will have to start over to pass this class.

The End

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