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Turning Points in the New Deal Two Period
American Politics is dominated by four factions; The Democrats, the Republicans, the Libertarians and the Greens. From the Post Civil War Period to the mid 1980's, the United States had operated on mainly a two party system with only a few exceptions. In the last years of the Kennedy Administration, America became a triple-party nation with the rise of Ron Paul and the Libertarians. In the 90's, resentment of Edward Kennedy's victory over Carter in 1980 boiled into the emergence of a fourth powerful party, the Greens. With America's shift to the Left has come acceptance of OTL shunned ideas.
The Democratic Party: The 2nd New Deal Alliance
With Kennedy's inauguration, the Iranians gave up the hostages in Tehran, ending the crisis. With a Democratic Congress, he took FDR-like reforms and expanded standing programs in response to the Economic Down-Turn. Raising Taxes on the Rich to WW-II Levels, nationalizing healthcare, public works projects, small business incentives and a system of tariffs. By renewing a declining industrial work-force and national services the 80's turned into an economic boom. He is given credit for ending the Cold War with the Soviet Union and bringing Communist China to reform. Popular Perception of older voters saw Edward Kennedy fulfilling the dreams of his eldest brother John F. Kennedy, who was assassinated in 1963 and never got to complete his first term. He is seen World Wide as a preventer of Climate Change through his environmental legislation. Today, the Democratic Party has the most members in the United States, the Congress and the most Supreme Court Judges. They have approached a more centrist platform however with the rise of the splinter Green Party, once being comfortably at the top of American Politics. Some believe that the Democrats could be over-shadowed by the Greens by rising youth participation and the rise of the Left #4 movement.
Polices of the Democratic Party
- Taxing Oil Corporations
- Giving Americans Universal Health Care
- Increasing Social Security Funds
- Abolition of the Electoral Vote (Supreme Court Ruling 2000)
- Proposing to make Universal Healthcare an Amendment to the Constitution
- Setting Tariffs on Nations that use massive sweat shop labour
- Establishing a minimum wage
- Raising Taxes on the Wealthy
- Passing the Individual Preference Act
- Starting The War On Drugs
The Republican PartyThe Republican Party once the second largest political entity in America it has shrunk considerably in size since the Past 30 Years. The 1980 Election arguably the most controversial in US History, with the Republican candidate Ronald Reagan only losing by 100,000 votes. It faced a crushing blow in 1984 with Presidential Candidate Harold Stassen losing by double digits to Ted Kennedy. Stassen lost every state except Texas, the Deep South and the Rocky Mountains. 1992 marked a new era in the History of the Republican Party, as many of the strongest supporters of Reaganomics left the Party and ran as Libertarians. In the Republican National Convention in Alexandria, Virgina announced the Christian Workers Doctrine, abandoning "Laissez Faire" policies and shifting to on moderate investment in Government Spending. Slowly recouping support from the American People, the Republicans won the House of Representatives in 1994 and Bob Dole won the 1996 Presidential Election. His presidency is one of Christian Politics and Militaristic Investment, taking part in an joint invasion of Yemen with the OFSR and signing "Don't Ask Don't Tell", a law that generally forbade homosexuals and bisexuals from joining the military. He passed the Good Families Initiative giving subsides to families that stay married for more than five years and making abortion illegal after six weeks of fetal development in 1999. This enraged a growing agnostic population and Bob Dole failed to win a second term. While maintaining control of the most conservative states and districts, it is considered unlikely that the Republicans will win a congressional majority or presidential office in the future.
Policies of Bob Dole
- Raising military spending to 200 billion
- Attempting to establish a Western "Guided" Government in Yemen
- Passing Don't Ask Don't Tell
- Good Families Initiative
The Libertarian PartyFounded in 1970 by David Nolan they have a unique platform mixing the right and the left being fiscally conservative and socially liberal in an idea of complete deregulation and freedom. While barely mute in the 1970's and early 1980's it became a headline organization by the end of the 1980s.
In 1984, and more emphasized in 1988, the Libertarian Party began to take a larger portion of the US Presidential Ticket. In the 1990 mid-terms the Libertarian Party gained a majority in the U.S House of Representatives marking a New Era in American politics. They also took and held three states in Gubernatorial Elections; Nevada, Maine and New Hampshire. The Libertarians would keep the House of Representatives until 1994. However, due to a determined Democratic Opposition, they did not pass Economic Deregulation in the Congress. In 2000 they took the House and barely won the Presidential Ticket with Jesse Ventura, only made possible by the Supreme Court rendering the Electoral College null and void, similar to how Kennedy defeated Reagan in 1980. Jesse Ventura's one term is memorable in ending the Soviet-American Yemen Dispute, pushing Gay Rights and Amnesty to Immigrants
Policies of Jesse Ventura
- Cutting the Military Budget to as low as 75 billion
- Withdrawing From Yemen
- Legalizing Gay Marriage and repealing Don't Ask Don't Tell
- Granting amnesty to millions of immigrants
- Repealing Good Families Initiative
- Making Spanish, English, French and Various Native American Dialects Official Languages
- Ending the War on Drugs
Green PartyThe beginnings of the Green Party can be found during the Carter Administration, when he failed negotiate a healthcare settlement with Ted Kennedy and his faction of the Democratic Party. Carter was elected as an honest "good man" in 1976, this however hindered his ability to govern as he dismissed as Special Interest Groups. In 1980 he was forced out of the White House not by a Republican, but by his own Democrats. Only after bitterly conceding, he organized the Carter Pledge in November, asking diehard supporters not to vote for any candidate. Over 200,000 signed the Carter Pledge. In 1982, Carter formed the Green Party on a platform of environmentalism, pacifism and anti-Kennedy fever, accusing the Democratic Party of creating a Kennedy Monarchy. The Green Party became large in US politics in 1998 when Daniel Humberg became governor of California, and they also won 50 Representative seats. The party continued to grow and won the 2004 Presidential Election with Ralph Nader. The Greens also won the House of Representatives in 2004. The Nader Administration is most notable for passing the Regional Water Rights Act, giving communities the ability to reject attempts by Bottled Water Corporations to use local lakes and rivers. He started the Fossil Fuel Dismantlement Treaty with GEUT and OFSR aiming to close all Oil Rigs and Coal Mines by 2016.
Despite having fairly comfortable approval with the American People, Nader lost his 2008 reelection bid to John F. Kennedy, Jr. in a surprise upset. The Green Party is unique as a "People's Party" and does not accept corporate donations. Instead, they depend on a very enthusiastic core-base to win elections.
"We had Turn of the Century Progressiveism, Hippieism and Half Kennedyism-Centrism, now it is time for a New Generation to take charge of America"
Ralph Nader 2008 Reelection Campaign Speech
Policies of the Green Party
- Making a timeline for ending fossil fuel consumption.
- Proposing unification with Mexico and Central America
- Regulating the Water Industries.
- Achieving the Four Pillars: Grassroots Democracy, Social Justice, Ecological Wisdom, and Nonviolence
- Proposing Regulation of Oil