PARK WEAPONS III

11/10/2020

The revolution broke into America’s heartland like a runaway Amazon van fleet, snaking its way into the rural sectors. When the intolerant Commander-in-Chief gave the order to release the armored tanks that were scattered around tiny towns for decades, the citizens took extreme offense to this confrontational exercise. Now with their own govern-mental enemy right in their backyards and their tanks tearing up their farms, the hard-working land laborers organized into a highly mobile resistance. First, blasting away at barns to destroy their farm equipment and later, when things heated up, the farmhouses were fair game. Anytime a civilian was maimed or killed, 20 former pacifists became so enraged, they immediately joined the resistance. The more the government destroyed, the more enemies they had to face. In the beginning of the American Winter, the tanks could make mincemeat out of the farmers, but it wasn’t long before the resourceful bunch started turning their tractors and implements into weapons and booby traps. With heavy pipes strapped on John Deere tractors, they were turned into agile antitank weapons. Knowing the land, and fighting to the death for it, the National Guard city boys turned and ran from the skirmishes with the infuriated farmers. The escaping tanks fell easy prey to the organized fleet of farm equipment that chased them relentlessly. Air support was nonexistent because the farmers poisoned all the food shipped to the Air Force. Without trained pilots, $30 million dollar planes are useless. Most Air Force bases are in farm country, so the farmers overran the bases and helped themselves to the weapons. After 2 years of this slaughter, the US government toppled. The President was hunted and hanged. Peace was restored and the weapons on the tractors were turned back into irrigation pipes. A new government was formed, and all rural towns have parks with old tractors parked in them to tell the story to the young, lest they forget. 

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