84 years ago the world had seen darkness rising to power, had seen crimes so cruel they should have never been forgotten. However, when the charming and well-spoken candidate Lando Rud gets elected President of the United States in 2016, nobody seems to see the similarities.
Kairie stone was sixteen years old when Lando Rud becomes President of the United States of America, and if not for her youth she might have seen the changes as the danger they presented. But when her best friend, a transgender girl, commits suicide and other are forced out of their jobs and homes, she realized how badly the world is changing. Yet she fears to do something about it, and retreats instead. Until the day one of her oldest friends gets beat up right in front of her and nobody even tries to stop it. In one short heartbeat of time, Kairie let's go of her fear and a spark ignites, a spark that one day will drive her to changes she couldn't imagine at that point of time. She steps in and tries to stop the senseless beating, only to gain the notice of a man who will become her greatest enemy and love.
Then on July 14 / 2020 the world suddenly changes. Lando Rud who was losing the re-elections takes the country in one sudden and violent move. Separating those he considered lower humans from those he thought of as worthy higher humans. In one night Kairie loses everything, her parents, friends, way of life and even her name. Ripped from everything she knew and loved, Kairie finds herself forced to start a new life in a camp for lower humans, as the lowest of all, a Zero. But soon things change and she finds herself in a net of intrigue, manipulation, and rebellion. With only one goal, to take down Lando Rud and restore the freedom to be who you are.
*This is a work of fiction, inspired by the controversial and sometimes concerning elections in the United States of 2016*
The Diaries of Kairie Lawless are the expression of my fears if Donald Trump becomes elected President of the United States. Most of it is and exaggeration, fears taken to an extreme, yet still they are fears and I have a reason to have them. A reason I would like to explain, and maybe some will see that my fantasy isn't an impossibility.
Like my main character Kairie I grew up with an agnostic mind set. I don't claim a religion of my own, but belief that there is more then what we can see or explain with science. I accept and tolerate anyone's believes, life style, sexual orientation or handicap without judging them by it. I judge people by their actions and how they interact with me. Acceptance and tolerance by the way, is not the same as liking and understanding it, but that's just something to throw out there. In any case, since I grew up in Germany and my grandparents where born and raised during Hitler's reign, I also know a little about how people felt back them. In addition to what you learn in school and through being interested in history. And as much as I hate to compare a modern man with Hitler, I can't help but see the similarities in this year's elections.
When Hitler came into the picture in Germany, the country was devastated after WW1, the victors had all the power and the Germans felt like they had nothing. Well, in many ways they didn't, but that's no reason to start another war. However, the Germans were scared of the often violent actions of the victors, they were starving, had not right of weapons and thought themselves defenseless, morals were down, crime rates and unemployment rates were up. It was the perfect breeding ground for hatred, because it was already there, already smoldering in the ruins of a country, it just needed some fuel.
America is scared of religious extremist's terror attacks, and with god reason. The never ending flood of immigrants and refugees has impacted economics, crime, unemployment and much more and made the country a not so great place. People are sick and tired of paying taxes to support a corrupt and already overplayed government. They feel threatened by the rising crime rates and feel they need a weapon to protect themselves and when the government talks about restricting those weapons, fear rises. The older generations fear the rapid and to them radical changes in society, especially in regard to the LGBTQ movement. It's the perfect breeding ground for hatred, all it needs is fuel. Then Donald Trump comes along.
In Germany Hitler boldly pointed out the problems of the country and addressed the fears, promising them to fix them, to make Germany Great Again. He promised to replace the corrupt government, to take back their right to take up arms, to increase the police and military force to protect folk and country from criminals and outside threats. He vowed to lower unemployment rates by creating jobs, and stabilize economics.
I hear Donald Trump making the same promises, taking up the same vows and use the same double meaning language as Hitler has. The only difference is Hitler blamed most of the problems on the Jew's residing in Germany. He had only singled out one group, or has he? Sadly no, it's a misconception to say it was only the Jew's. It was mostly the Jew's, yes, but there were disabled people, mentally challenged ones, gays, and many others that didn't fit the picture of a perfect German in Hitler's mind.
Now, Donald Trump is not Hitler and I don't belief he ever will be. Donald Trump is not a raging lunatic with a God complex. I actually think Donald Trump is a very intelligent and cunning man. I truly think / fear he will make good on his promises if he is elected. The thing is, so did Hitler before he turned it all into something else.
Yet, like with the President in my book, I don't think that Donald Trump would go and open up camps to extinguish those he considers less valuable citizens. After all he is a business man. It's bad business to kill cheap labour forces.
I believe that he will make America Great again, just not the way most think. Neither he nor Hillary Clinton have been convicted of a crime, but both have been accused of many. Do I think Hillary Clinton is a better choice? NO! Which is the true problem. To me the American People are screwed one way or the other. Hillary will run America into the ground and it might never get up again. Trump will get power hungry and turn the things that made America Great again, against those Americans he doesn't consider worthy to be American.
Based on those observations, believes and similarities I built my dystopian world, led by Lando Rud. I just hope I'm wrong.