Workers scrambled to accommodate the situation by making plans to get water bottles at nearby stores while taking bathroom breaks. Many people asked questions about what had happened and why. Phones began ringing as friends and families called to confirm that everyone's water had shut off. A few concerned moments passed but we made due, assured that this must be a temporary situation.
Then the phones, cell phones and lights went dead. Power had also been lost. Confusion gripped the office as the news, radio and television fell silent before reporting anything. We were all literally in the dark, cut off from communication and left to wonder what might be happening. That was the moment when I began to seriously evaluate the situation.
To assess any immediate danger, I looked out the window. Everything looked normal toward the beach. The streets were full of cars and people scrambling along the sidewalk. There was no violence on the street, no tsunami rolling in, no enemy air force or invading alien army flying through the blue sky or the soft white clouds.
America is an idea embodied by The U.S.Constitution. If usurped, this contract between We The People and the government is an illusion. Without the idea that is America, humanity is left hopeless and faces a New Dark Age.