Excited Delirium Book: Chapter 50 (Kite’s Recording of Garamond)
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Kite had always imagined that the voice of the end of the world would be the rough and torn sound of Shane McGowan of the Pogues, singing about recklessness and distracting us from the true perils that surrounded us.
Instead, it was Griffith Garamond. His voice was smooth. Calm. Harmonious and void of tension. When he spoke, he made people around him feel like they were small and needy. When he paused, people waited for more, wanting more from this great figure.
His controlling style was second only to the Sirens that pulled Odysseus and his crew to their shore, only to find their own ruin. Through his tone and presentation, all those were at his command.
Kite had seen this type before in the various “town hall” meetings that he attended as an employee and intentional “plant” with other companies. “Town hall” meetings were highly orchestrated events that typically occurred once a year. Maybe twice if you worked for an enlightened company. They were opportunities for the lay people to feel like they were hob-nobbing with the rich and famous, never knowing that every hour spent at an event by a CEO or President was equivalent to the entire year’s salary for most of the people in attendance.
And now Kite was in possession of a recording that was legitimate, that was unrehearsed, and that was everything he would ever need to destroy Garamond and his band of religious wing-nuts. Garamond hated China because he believed it was the source of financial collapse for America, he loathed people that shopped at places like Wal-Mart and companies that were, in effect, “the bank of China” and, most importantly, they had no God or Bible that gave them moral guidance and indoctrinated them into the world of subservience.
As he listened again and again to the recording, he knew that it would be up to him to expose the treachery and madness of a cabal of fools that believed that they had the power to destroy one of the planet’s greatest civilizations.
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