Life had always had its ups and downs, its winners and its losers, but for the most part, a person could be born, live their life, and die content. This was accepted by most people as the meaning of life if you really stopped to ask them. No one needed to ask though, because it was simply understood. It was a common thread that wove through everyone in the nation. People started asking though when news reports began focusing on the differences between the winners and losers, have and have nots, and those who belonged and those who didn’t.
Once the first reports were delivered over national programs, there was no stopping the growing wildfire. No one knew if the reports were true. No one stopped to ask who their sources were. That’s the way they wanted it. The ones pulling the strings years before their plan was set into motion. They were very proficient at what they did. A report here, a victim there, a supporter here, and a confidential source there. Silently they crept into every corner of the nation, instigating, insinuating, plotting their next move. In the beginning there were few who knew their plan. That is exactly how they wanted it. The plan must be kept secret, hidden away but for a select few that possessed utmost loyalty and devotion for the future leader. The one who brought the war. As they plotted and planned, using everyone necessary to ensure the plan’s success, they began making their first move.
“Is everything ready?” the future leader asked his closest confidant and advisor. “I am anxious to finally see the plan enacted.”
“Everything is ready.” He said. “We have supporters in every state, in key media outlets, and we found desperate people in their camp.”
“Good. Desperate people are easy to manipulate. Wave a few dollars under their nose and they will sit and beg for more.”
Both men laughed.
“Do you think the people will buy it, sir? Are they primed enough to accept our plan as if they were its creator?”
The future leader laughed, putting his hands together and leaning on the desk a little more. “The people are pawns. Foolish little pawns. Our media reports have seen to that. Early tests showed that with just a few key words, most of them can be triggered into thinking things they know are not true but will defend it till the end. Psychology experiments running live.”
Both men laughed, dreaming of the coming fruits of their work.
*knock knock* “Come in.”
“Sir, we have reports from our contacts in the other camp. They say if it is going to work, then it needs to be done now. Their polls show our target will not win if we delay any further.”
“Sir, why is that excellent? Wouldn’t we have the same chance regardless?”
“Of course not. One speaks of unity and equality…exactly what the majority of the nation wants. We must have the one I can easily destroy. With a single word…no, not even a word, a single expression and I will have the nation’s ignorant thinking I am their salvation.”
“Yes, sir. What should I tell them?”
“Tell them to watch my conference tonight for the signal. By this time next year, the world will be at our feet.”
All three laughed.
To Be Continued
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