Chief of the President’s Security Detail: “Mr. President, me and the boys have been talking and it seems that since there is no government left, half the population is gone, we can’t communicate with the military, Congress has vanished, and the electricity is not likely going to be turned back on for decades, if at all… well… here’s the keys to the bunker. We’re heading home.”
None of the current apocalypse TV shows or recent Hollywood movies cover the downfall of the central government in the wake of any given end-of-the-country/world scenario, but one wonders if an exchange in dialog, like that above, would ultimately take place. But if it did it surely would underline the finality of it all. In fact, one could almost design a sit-com about a post-apocalyptic First Family given the total futility of the situation (I suppose that if Congress were really gone no one would notice anyway). Funny thing though, we will likely never know if this would ever happen given all communication would be impossible short of couriers on foot, horseback, or in vehicles (if vehicles were still running). In fact, it’s all about communication.
There was a Kevin Costner movie back in 1997 titled, The Postman. What was interesting about that post-apocalyptic movie was that it played on the idea that people we given some hope for the future when someone breathed some life into that the one governmental institution so close to our daily lives, the Post Office. When you think of it, the local post office is the one connection we all have in our neighborhoods that suggests government control. Here’s what IMDB says about the movie…
In the year 2013 civilization has all but destroyed itself. After a war that decimated the government and most of the population of the United States (possibly the world) people struggle to survive against starvation and rogue groups of armed men. One such group is called the Holnists. This group is bigger than any other and their leader, General Bethlehem, has delusions of ruling the country. A drifter is captured by the group and forced to join. He escapes at the first chance and happens on a mail jeep with a skeleton in it. The skeleton is wearing a postal uniform and the drifter takes it to keep him warm. He also finds a mailbag and starts conning people with old letters. The hope he sees in the people he delivers to changes his plans and he decides that he must help bring the Holnists down. Written by <KingVegeta8@yahoo.com>
Essentially, Costner’s character is suddenly made into an icon of hope in the re-establishment of governmental control. Starting out as a con, Costner says he’s a vangard of soon-to-be-arriving governmental services and agencies. In the process he finds volunteers ready to accept the call to deliver the mail.. ala Pony Express. As people begin to communicate through letters to neighboring towns and communities the “postal service” grows, ultimatey becoming a threat to the control of a local bad guy who wants to control the “new” world. Anyway, the bottom line here is that the downfall of our government, or rather our way of life, will likely be the elimination of simple communication.
What about the Prez? I suppose that all depends on the catastrophy and the advance notice if any. One would think that in a zombie apocalypse the Secret Service and military could hustle him and staff away to Mt. Weather, that secret government hide-a-way in the mountain. He could very likely live there indefinatly, at least until the freeze dried ice cream runs out, while the voting public (and members of Congress who didn’t make it to the rendevouz points) are being ripped and devoured by zombified lobbyists. But electricity can still work and cars still run. So you’d think radio and TV might still work a bit… although not likely you’d spend the apocalypse watching re-runs of I Love Lucy.
A tsunami along the Eastern Seaboard from either a meteor or that island way out by Africa that is threatening to slide into the ocean, might prove a little curious for the Prez. I mean, he’d have advance notice and might be able to get outta Dodge in Air Force One. I’m not sure how long he’d last inside Mt. Weather underwater, but he’d not be able to poke his head out until the waters receeded.
Then there’s that Yellowstone eruption that’s expected sometime soon. It would likely not shake the White House but the ash cloud that would doom the world would force him into the ground for sure. One could only hope that he could get those big steel blast doors open with all the ash piled up against it.
Any alien attacks would likely be a big surprise to even the government. If the aliens have his name on some world leaders hit list it’s likely they would find him anywhere on the planet with their technology. But again, off to Mt. Weather he would go to await annihilation or assimilation somewhere down the line.
Weather running amok and a tupsy-turvey magnetic shift in poles brought about by some solar flare or other natural phenomenom might prove unpredicatable to some measure. But very likely the communication infra-structure would be too far gone to let all of us soon-to-be-without-a-country people know that the Prez was still in charge, but for now resides in a safe hole in the ground (the ultimate doomsday prepper).
But it seems regardless of the calamity that might befall us our Dear Leader will likely not be a part of our post-apocalyptic future. Even if he were, it’s kind of tough imagining how he would lead anyway given the military support structure and legal system is gone (I don’t recall anything in the Constitution indicating, “Where be it, and so be it, in the event there is no more country the President has sole authority to be the only authority.”). I’m also not so sure that the Prez would do well being tossed into a fighting cage to duke it out to the death in Klingon-esque style with some dictator wannabe (who used to be a plumber from Jersey) in order to retain his power and respect in the community as a post-apocalyptic leader.
Although, leading a post-apocalyptic world might be pretty easy when all you have to do is protect and feed people to win their allegiance (hmm… a liberal post-apocalyptic world? Maybe some things won’t change).