Today, in America, it’s President’s Day. A day many of us have off of work so we can take time to reflect and celebrate… Well, we make sure to take time to honor… Okay, Wikipedia says:
Washington’s Birthday is a United States federal holiday celebrated on the third Monday of February in honor of George Washington, the first President of the United States. It is also commonly known as Presidents Day (sometimes spelled Presidents’ Day or President’s Day). As Washington’s Birthday or Presidents Day, it is also the official name of a concurrent state holiday celebrated on the same day in a number of states.
Titled Washington’s Birthday, a federal holiday honoring George Washington was originally implemented by an Act of Congress in 1879 for government offices in the District of Columbia and expanded in 1885 to include all federal offices.
Today, the February holiday has become well known for being a day in which many stores, especially car dealers, hold sales. Until the late 1980s, corporate businesses generally closed on this day, similar to present corporate practices on Memorial Day or Christmas Day.
Washington’s birthday and a great day to buy cars on special, perfect.
In the past, we’ve written about what post-apocalyptic government might look like but never really considered what a post-apocalyptic attempt at normalcy might look like. If we desperately cling to our ideas about democracy and society at the end of the world until we can group together enough people to elect a local sheriff who can eventually police a local election, who would we vote for?
Currently our voting system addresses almost everything aside from the actual person trying to be elected. But Imagine having to choose between having Barack Obama or John McCain in your survival party? Who would you want to negotiate with raiders, George Bush or John Kerry?
A little organization and time to think doesn’t meany you’re safe and clear. The virus might be gone, but now there’s clean up and mutants. The Zombies might have frozen in the winter, but so did any new food source.
A leader who is chosen not out of necessity and urgency but out of the desire for predictability and structure will need to have a plan for more than what happens to old people when they can’t work any more or how to share out resources.
What Issues and characteristics would be most important to you when choosing a President in the post-apocalypse?