I’ve always believed that those prone to cause mischief should be distracted with recreational activities that keep them from causing harm. So I’m a firm believer in Midnight Basketball, toddlers’ play groups and the Bohemian Grove gathering for rich guys.
Given that, I can’t help but applaud the creation of a new online game for paranoid, Tri-Lateral-Commission-fearing, Obama-stole-the-election-believing wingnuts. It will give them something to do rather than clean their weapons for the next townhall meeting.
It’s January 2011. The GOP is about to assume control of both houses of Congress—having been voted in by a public deeply suspicious of Democrats after President Barack Obama conducted clandestine talks with President Felipe Calderon of Mexico and Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada. But two days before the new conservative majority is to be sworn in, Obama announces that this Congress will not be seated, that the United States (a creation of “racists and warmongers”) will be replaced by a North American Union, that the US Constitution will be dissolved, and that private ownership of firearms will be outlawed (as part of a United Nations treaty banning firearms globally). In response, millions rise up, and the Revolution begins.
A Glenn Beck movie project? Perhaps. But it’s also the premise for a new online computer game hosted by a website called United States of Earth.
If this isn’t a symbol for our times — with a new poll showing that 52 percent of Republicans believe ACORN stole the election for Obama — I don’t know what is.
According to The Nation’s David Corn, the site’s designers claim to hate Republicans and Democrats equally.
This game, though, is no right-wing plot to foment anti-Obama paranoia. Its organizers—who are not identified on the site—are a small group of Ron Paul-loving libertarians living in Brooklyn, according to Michael Russotto, one of this band. He insists the game’s designers and editors are not advancing any partisan agenda and that this anti-Obama scenario is one stunt they’ve devised to bring people into their larger “United States of Earth” project, in which players build their own empires and try to “dominate other members’ regimes across real-world maps.” According to Russotto, the site’s designers despise Democrats and Republicans, and they will show their political balance next week, when the site introduces an “Ambush Bush” scenario, which will give players the chance to hunt down the ex-president in Texas.
We’ll see which game draws more outrage.