NANNY STATE BLUES

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The good citizens of the Only State wake
each and every morning to reruns of Forrest Gump.
They enjoy a four-ounce cup of regulation chocolate
milk and a gummy bear vitamin. Then to the bath house
for a good soak and a state-monitored enema.

Today is the Day of Unanimity. Universal suffrage and mandatory
disclosure. Your vote is tattooed on your forehead. We all must choose
the Benefactor in Chief, the source of our guaranteed incomes and free tuition.
Now the government selects student majors. We clamored for it and we got it.
The end of liberty and the secret ballot.

They took my friend Jessie away for kissing someone of the opposite sex
in a sting operation in Malady Park, a well-known wooded area where
nymphomaniacs look for heterosexual perverts. Nathan got picked up
for drinking out of a large Styrofoam cup. He dumped his state-dispensed 4 oz.
Jolly cup designed for a Kale and fish egg smoothie and guzzled home brew instead.

I live with my state-assigned male partner. Our incomes will double when we marry.
We were assigned three children to adopt and raise, two from the Ivory Coast and one
from Nepal. We have six months to accept. If not, we will be castrated and turned
into State Drones, our right to live together rescinded and our workloads doubled.
We will be marked for early death, 45 for men, 50 for women.

We’ve both been targeted because we were old enough to remember living
in a state of freedom, back when people were permitted to go outside to eat,
defecate, or fornicate at will. During the Confiscation Wars, we lost our freedom
forever. Curfews have been imposed and Contentment Schedules enacted.
Millions have been gassed. All guns now belong to the State.

Freddy and I are allowed to fuck once a day from 8:45 pm to 9:15 pm. Water is allotted
from 9:16 pm to 10:00 pm for showers and toilet. As we have no kitchen, no eating
is permitted within our dwelling, not until we adopt. We take our meals at work. My
school serves three a day, each at 750 calories. I must watch my weigh. Obesity
has been outlawed, so I must maintain a BMI below 30 or I will be recycled for body parts.

Gratitude sessions are held nightly. I missed mine last night and will be fined. Freddy
attended so his salary will not be cut. If this continues, Freddy will be assigned a new
partner. I will be sent to live in a prison complex for the Ungrateful. No one has ever
graduated from Gratitude School; it is a lifetime sentence. The Benefactor herself
is known to loath the Ungrateful and personally supervises the punishment blocks.

Testicles removed in Castration Clinics from males who refuse adoption are fed,
it is said, to the Benefactor’s prized herd of Shropshire rare breed hogs, bred for her
and other royals exclusively. Severed organs are scattered on pasture lands stretching
as far as the eye can see. It is rumored that the pork is sold at $1000 per kilo to private
armies throughout the world. All other meats are banned except rat and dog.

Freddy was assigned to natural reproduction. If he sires a child, he will be released
from adoption duties. I must report to Gratitude Learning Center #267, just outside
Maya Angelou City. My life is effectively over. They revoked my teaching license.
I will be required to track signs of “adverse proclivities” and “perverse yearnings”
among men who surf porn sites. They will be targeted for “imminent” elimination.

I was castrated for my failure to fulfill my social contract. I have been renamed Few
and given diversity training. Despite my preference for male companionship, I have
been assigned to bunk with three lesbians. They, too, have been identified as
“unproductive” and marked for recycling. They earn life extension credits by
volunteering to work in brothels and sex clubs for refugee laborers.

Some trace the end to the Confiscation Wars which, admittedly, were brutal. Others track
it to the Supreme Court’s decision to allow the Benefactor to appear disguised as a Person
of Historical Distinction, in a digital mask of Marie Antoinette, Queen Elizabeth, and from
beginning this year, Neal Armstrong in full drag. The Benefactor is a well-known transsexual.
The new Constitution forbids a man with a penis from serving as Her Royal Highness.