Happy 4th of July, everyone. There’s no better way to celebrate the birth of our nation that to light some M-80s and read American Zeroes in the emergency room.
This excerpt describes the confrontation between the main character, Jeremiah Stumpf, and his roommate and intellectual mentor, Justin. Jeremiah, who believes in democracy, realizes that Justin doesn’t believe in it at all and has been using Jeremiah for his own ends.
“Here’s what I want you to do,” he [Justin] says. “I want you to conduct a little experiment so you can see something for yourself for a change. Go outside tomorrow with a clipboard and a piece of paper and a pen, and ask random people you see which is more important to them, the three branches of the United States government, or God. I guarantee that most will say God, and what is God? Is he a president? Is he an elected member of a heavenly congress? Is he a judge who shares power equally with eight other judges? No. He is a king. He is the absolute ruler of Heaven and earth, and he doesn’t share his toys with the other kids. He doesn’t seek out a vote of his angelic host before he acts, and we’ve all heard what happened to the group of angels who tried to make Heaven a little more democratic. Heaven is not a democracy, yet Heaven is where everyone wants to go when they die. Everyone wants to go to Heaven and live forever in an absolute monarchy under the watchful eye of an all-powerful king.”