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Back There

I love the writings of Rod Serling. Therefore, based on the Twilight Zone Episode "Back There," my version of what occurs when three dead friends relive and undo their actions in the Twilight Zone.
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Witness a theoretical argument, three intelligent men talking about an improbable thing like going back in time. Although all three of the men are now dead, this discussion does not take place in a dimension known to the living. A friendly debate revolving around a simple issue: Could a human being change what has happened before? Interesting and theoretical, because who ever heard of a man going back in time, before tonight, that is. Because this is the Twilight Zone.

On January 1, 2008, H.R. Halderman, John Erlichman and John Mitchell are meeting in another dimension. These three men were largely responsible for the Watergate scandal. They wonder what would have happened had they had never tried to manipulate the election. In this dimension one needn’t speculate, one can actually relive the past and see what effects their actions had.

All three were convicted and spent time in prison, They go back to the election of 1972. The Democratic candidate is not George McGovern, but Edmond Muskie, his running mate Eugene McCarthy. Muskie defeats Nixon in a close election.

The major difference in the Nixon and Muskie administrations is the environment. Muskie serves two terms, soundly defeating Nelson Rockefeller in the 1976 election. Muskie an early environmentalist, in his second terms, works with first term Congressman, Albert Gore, who believes that man has harmed the environment so much that within a few years the temperatures on Earth will start to increase, causing among other thing, the extinction of some species. Muskie pushes through the Congress major environmental legislation. Gore would run and become President in 1988.

Erlichman wonders what happened to other figures in history. It seems that Jimmy Carter after being the Georgia Governor, returns to peanut farming. Ronald Reagan having failed to garner any support goes back to  acting.  He is nominated for an Academy Award for his role in the Sunshine Boys. George H.W. Bush, retires to Kennebunkport, Maine. There he spends a good deal of his family fortune on Alcohol rehabilitation for his son George W. Bush. Bill Clinton serves two terms as a senator from Arkansas. His wife divorces him amidst rumors of an affair with a young congressional intern.

The country never goes to war in the Middle East. The Berlin Wall still comes down and the USSR still collapses.

The three Ghosts return from a place 'back there,' a journey that made them anguish about the history they had created. They realize that the threads of history are woven tightly and the skein of events cannot be undone, but on the other hand, if there are small fragments of tapestry that can be altered. Tonight's thesis to be taken as you will, in the Twilight Zone.


( 5 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 19th, 2008 12:10 am (UTC)
If only!

Oct. 19th, 2008 01:54 am (UTC)
Thank you. It's something I've speculated about for years. In 1976, I booked Muskie as a speaker at my college. We had dinner together. It was quite an evening.

Watergate made us leery of Washington insiders. Thus Carter and Reagan became legitimate.

Without Watergate we may never have heard of W.
Oct. 19th, 2008 06:30 am (UTC)
That is astonishing, isn't it? I hadn't put it together that way. It makes me reconsider the letter W, though I love the movie It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.

Have you seen the new movie yet, W? It's on my list.
Oct. 19th, 2008 11:16 am (UTC)
No I haven't. But, I did love It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.

Italy sounds wonderful.
Oct. 24th, 2008 01:40 pm (UTC)
Italy is unbelievable!! I recommend it!! :)
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