Dad, when I grow up, I’m going to be a scientist.
That’s great! I’m really proud of you. I always wanted a scientist in the family.
I’m gonna help people.
I’ll invent cameras that can see where everybody is at all times.
Uh..that’s not really what scientists do.
Police can’t be everywhere dad.
I’ll have cameras everywhere in all places looking at everyone no matter where they go so the government can see them.
Oh… The people are gonna love you.
Yeah I know. And if somebody does something they’re not supposed to, an alarm will go off and the police will come right away!
(Excited) Hey! You’re right Daddy! The people ARE gonna love me!
uh… I was being sarca….
Later that night. Ethan is sleeping and talking in his sleep. (He always talks in his sleep).
(Talking in his sleep)
….ugh…uh… LIE DOWN…..LIE DOWN… ON THE GROUND…..NOW!
What did he say?
Nothing. Our son is just living out his fantasy in his sleep about being a totalitarian dictator.
(A few weeks later)
In a parking lot driveway with clear separate entry and exit ramps with clear signs
See Ethan? Even though the sign reads entry only, these idiots don’t care and drive into the lot through the exit ramp.
We should do something about it.
Like what?! Put traffic signs up? We already do. But they ignore them anyway.
No. Like use security cameras. We can place them everywhere there are people. Then the gov’t can keep track of where everybody is. If someone is doing something they shouldn’t, the police will come right away and take them to jail.
That way everybody will be safe and happy and we will have a better country.
I’m worried Ethan. This is the 2nd or 3rd time you’ve proposed a secret spy camera network controlled by the gov’t.
Dad, I have a question.
What if a president makes a promise and then doesn’t keep his promise? Is it illegal?
hahaha. No. If that was illegal, every president would be in jail.
Why is it not illegal?
Ethan, almost all presidents break promises. They’re politicians. They all lie to some degree. They make promises and don’t always keep them. But no. Technically, it’s not illegal.
We should IMPEACH!
You can’t impeach a president just because he lies.
Unless of course he lies about oral… uh never mind.
Well, then we should do something about it.
Ok. What do you want to do about it?
Something! We can’t let them get away with this!
I know what we can do. You know what? I have an idea.
Maybe next time when presidents become presidents they should stay as presidents until they die. And when they die, we just have a small group of people select another president to automatically take over by birth.
Don’t they have something like that?
Uh.. yeah. It’s called a dictatorship.
YES! That’s what we need. A dictatorship!
in the end, dictators often fall and have to answer for their crimes to the very people they oppressed. Keep that in mind.
(Later that night)…………….
Ethan in bed sleeping. Ethan again starts talking in his sleep in what appears to be a distressful dream.
(Talking in his sleep) No! No!….STOP! I’m not… I’m not trying to do … anything! I’m not doing… ANTHING!
Viva la revolución!