Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Capital Cities

It seems to me that, in the days of nuclear weapons and reliable telecommunications, the idea of a capital city is outdated and downright dangerous. Suppose the terrorists were able to nuke D.C., we'd lose the president, vice president, most of the cabinet, the supreme court, the congress, and the heads of most major administrations, like Social Security. We have all our governmental eggs in one very small basket. I propose, therefore, that we break up our government, moving various parts of the government to widely-spaced cities across the United States. That way we'd at least have a mostly functioning government, or at least require multiple hits, which would be much harder to arrange.

3 Comments:

Blogger Hamlette said...

Did something like this happen in a Jack Ryan book? And so Jack ended up being President or something?

I really should read those. As soon as I finish all my Robert Ludlum books...

11:43 PM  
Blogger Octavo Dia said...

In a Jack Ryan book someone crashed an airliner into the Capitol building while they were inaugurating Ryan as the new Vice President. Thus the President and both houses of Congress were killed. Ryan miraculously escaped (as always).

9:24 AM  
Blogger Noumenon said...

This sort of has the "where is he going with this?" flavor of something written as humor. If you just continued, "For example, as with mobile missile launchers, certain Congressmen could be housed in constantly moving RVs at all times. The RVs would have to be equipped with all kinds of modern communication equipment, including C-SPAN cameras. This would be an expensive solution, but some congresspeople might see fit to defray the expense by taking on young college interns as roommates and licensing the C-SPAN footage to TV networks. Who wouldn't watch MTV's Road Rules: Congressional Edition?"

4:39 PM  

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