B. Thomas Marking
President T. J. Carroll's First Holiday Message
Good evening, all. Wow, has it already been a year since we became partners in re-inventing our beloved nation? Traditionally, at the approach of a new year, we all take stock of the past year. For me, the last twelve months have been phenomenal. You chose me as your President and then I somehow won the heart of Laura McLaughlin, your new First Lady. That will be a tough act to follow.
But then, look at all that you, the Citizens of America, have accomplished! With my election you made it clear that you are done with "Politics as Usual" in Washington, D. C. Then, just in time for our Independence Day celebration, you descended on your nation's capital and demanded passage of an amendment that would give the People a seat at the head of the table. When Congress was forced to acquiesce, the promise, so long ago made, of "Government by the People" finally became a reality.
As the new year dawns, we will see the first national referendum on the policy issues you consider most important. Then, if there is sufficient consensus, your collective decision will bind the Legislative, Executive and Judicial branches of government to action. In that moment of history, I believe America may once again claim to be "The World's Leading Democracy".
So -- we have much to be thankful for as we gather with family and friends to enjoy the peace of mind and soul that permeates this special season. Laura and I wish only that the spirit of these wondrous days lingers. God has blessed these United States. Good night.
Footnote: If you are wondering who President Carroll is, procuring a copy of the novel, "Amendment XXIX" will supply the answer. Amendment XXIX Merry Christmas!