I saw a program this morning that portrayed a doomsday scenario of a nuclear weapon being detonated in the DC area and the series of events that would take place to begin rescue, recovery and continuity of government.
Seriously, we know that within a certain radius, there will be no such thing as recovery, but they did go on to talk about the super secret series of events that would take place to ensure COGCON 1 — Continuity of Government Condition 1. If a determined terrorist hell-bent on further enabling our almost-certain, self-inflicted takedown of the US decided to detonate a device in that area — and if Congress was in session (but not actually DOING anything, of course) — steps would be taken to determine who survived to lead the country and prevent chaos and anarchy. How did they put that in the script with a straight face?
I have a better idea for COGCON 1. I’ve said it here before, but how about we go to a Virtual Congress instead? With the advent of nifty little tools called computers, the Internet and video conferencing, our elected representatives could actually remain in their home constituencies and cast their votes electronically on every issue. Think how efficient that would be? No more abstentions, and no more pissing money down a hole on extra living expenses having to maintain a DC residence or for their frequent travel expenses — and bless their hearts, they wouldn’t suffer from jet lag, be subjected to radiation from the screenings, have their luggage lost, miss a flight or be delayed, or possibly be caught with illegal immigrants doing their yards or their laundry, poor babies.
Think about it: there really is no terrorist organization that could take down multiple major US cities (the ones where our Congressional royalty come from) simultaneously. There would no longer be a need to maintain 90 COG centers within a 300-mile radius of DC … and all the $$$ that that implies. Our elected officials wouldn’t have to worry their pretty little heads about protecting us from ourselves and massive chaos and anarchy, and could figure out a better way to save us from the chaos and anarchy that they themselves are fomenting with their self-serving, sold-to-the-highest-corporate-bidder actions.
The program didn’t exactly leave me with a warm and fuzzy feeling. Whomever is left after such an event probably wasn’t there in DC because they were avoiding a vote on something, so do we really want THEM to be in charge after the fact? (Yes, I’m being extremely cynical and pessimistic, and I’m okay with that.)
I think I’m on to something.