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Mr. Meek For President

Mr. Meek For President

By

Mario V. Farina

Copyright 2016 Mario V. Farina

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This story is a work of fiction. Any resemblance to persons living or dead is purely coincidental.

 

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1Mr. Meek For President

 

It was election time for President of the United States. The candidates that the Repubs and Demos had presented for nomination were universally disliked. There had been three primaries and the number of delegates won was about even. Thomas Meek, an 83 year-old long-time veteran of the political scene was particularly disturbed with the choice of candidates and he made a comment in his Facebook page.

 

“The quality of the candidates in this year’s election is atrocious,” he wrote. “At 83, I’ve witnessed many awful candidates. The current batch is the worst I’ve ever seen. I daresay that, even at my age, lack of experience, and education, I would make a better president than all of them put together.” By doing this, he simply wanted to air his frustration but the result was much more than he had expected.

 

A dozen “likes” were recorded by his Facebook friends. Not only that, but a lively discussion began concerning Mr. Meek’s post.

 

A friend posted, “Run, Tom!

 

There was a torrent of agreeing comments. By the end of the day, there were 21 posts suggesting that Thomas Meek run for election in a write-in campaign. Individuals outside of Mr. Meek’s ring of friends got wind of what was happening and, at the end of the second day, the number of Facebook members urging Tom to run had reached 139. There were more agreements on the next day, and more on the next. At the end of five days, the number of people writing in had reached several thousand.

 

In the next few day, the boundaries of Facebook could no longer process the number of visitors. Comments overflowed to Youtube, Google, Yahoo, and Bing. The number of people commenting exceeded several million. The count was vague because so many comments were arriving that an accurate count was impossible to make.

 

After conferring with his wife, Matilda, Tom Meek announced he was going to run for President! The managers of the opposing parties were appalled. Tom began receiving abuses he had not expected. He was accused of being weak of mind, a buffoon, a drug addict, illiterate, and obsessed with power. Doubt was cast on his being a citizen. Suspicion was raised that he might be a long-wanted convict who had escaped from prison many years before. It was also suggested he could not run because the time element forbad this. He needed to be a member of a legitimate party; he needed to pass a sanity test; his IQ was too low!

 

Tom learned to ignore comments of this sort. This was only part of the game, he was informed.

 

Paperwork was prepared for Tom by supporter enabling him to create a party he could belong to. At Tom’s suggestion, the party was named The Old Geezer’s Party. The motto of the party was to be honesty, fairness, and truth. Yielding to the demands of the public, Tom was invited to attend the debates of both opposing parties.

 

In the debates, his participation was characterized by the brevity of his responses to questions. Often, his answers to questions was a simple yes or no, rarely more than two or three sentences. At times, it was, I don’t know. By contrast his opponents spent time obfuscating their answers, changing the topic, or casting blame on others. Reporters usually reported that Tom had won the debates.

 

Tom Meek did not build an organization for his party. Volunteers took over the tasks of arranging for rallies, collecting money, paying bills, advertising, and attending to the many other tasks that are necessary in all campaigns. A refurbished school bus was purchased for Tom’s travels. He often joked that he needed only one seat and that his Smart Car would be sufficient for this. The bus was needed, however, to carry Secret Service Personnel who had been assigned to protect him.

 

During the remaining primaries, the only votes that counted for Tom were the write-ins with the two major parties. His Old Geezer’s Party was declared invalid by the Supreme Court. Nevertheless, with write-ins, he won the majority of the delegates in most primaries, often in both major parties. At the conventions of the Repubs and the Demos, the delegates that Tom had won were not accepted. By legerdemain each of the parties nominated a well-known candidate for president. However, Tom won another case in the Supreme Court by decreeing that Tom’s name should be entered in the voting machines of both parties.

 

In November, Tom won the electoral votes of all the states except for the home states of the opposing candidates’ home states. Tom had won the election but its legitimacy was contested. There was a good deal of haranguing before the loose ends were taken care of and everyone involved accepted the election of Thomas Meek for the office of the Presidency of the United States.


Mr. Meek For President

  • ISBN: 9781370035946
  • Author: Mario V. Farina
  • Published: 2016-08-01 02:50:07
  • Words: 907
Mr. Meek For President Mr. Meek For President