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"After four turbulent years serving the President, I took back the Department and made it my own." – Secretary-at-Large, Randall M. Packer

Death of a Nation


The Inauguration of Death,
a deliberate and massive cruelty


January 18, 2005

The Inauguration of Death

The Inauguration of Death

I contrived to purge my mind of all human hope in this Hellish place. The nation's Capital has been transformed into a mighty walled fortress, armed to the teeth, locked-down, swept-clean - all joy has been strangled - on any suspicion, they would pounce with the stealth of a wild beast.

I scream out to the Powers in defiance: "it is not a nuclear or biological terrorist attack we fear, but a total disruption of what was once a free society!" I call out to the Police that I might resist their totalitarian exercises, they who have sealed off our streets, our monuments, our museums, our lives. As the revolutionary inscriptions of the founding fathers fade from memory, walled off by barricades and armed militia, I call out to them: "Misfortune is our God!"

I lay myself down in the deserted streets... I roam the wind-swept alleys... I prowl the cold, steely security fences... I dry myself in an air of crime, of what was once the center of the free world. I play sly tricks on madness, I imagine great military spectacles as a studio backdrop posing as a parade in Celebration of the Inauguration of Fear.

Ah... this winter in Hell has brought me the idiot's frightful laughter!

You, who would triumph over Tyranny! You who control our Destiny! You who have summoned the Gods!

You who have visited the Darkness:

"Celebrate Death with all your appetites, your selfishness and all the capital sins!"

Ah! I'm fed up: - But, dear Satan, a less fiery eye I beg you!

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January 20, 2005

The Day the Nation Died

At 12 noon on January 20, 2005, America died.

Day the Nation Died

Its dreams, aspirations, visions of democracy, its idealism, extinquished, snuffed out. The spirit of the nation has been replaced by rolling convoys of armored steel and glass, columns of armed militia, marksmen perched on high, and eyes wide filled with a dreadful fear.

Meanwhile, masses of lost, adoring faces, secure in a fantasy bubble of freedom cheered far from the ugliness of reality.

The reality that the nation has died.

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January 06, 2006

America's Grave

America's Grave

On Tuesday, January 20, 2005, our country witnessed the Inauguration of Death, a deliberate and massive cruelty. We have seen the images of armored steel and glass, columns of militia, marksmen perched on high, and eyes wide filled with a dreadful fear.

On Friday, January 20, 2006, 12:00 noon, the US Department of Art & Technology will present the National Unveiling of America's Grave on the 1st Anniversary of the Death of the Nation. Remarks will be given in a somber ceremony at American University in Washington, DC, where America's Grave will be on view at the University Art Museum. (January 18 - March 12)

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