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1  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of David Lange, Prime Minister of New Zealand on: August 22, 2016, 08:05:19 pm
He was a good man and he meant well. And the mess the country was in was not his fault. Such a shame that he was completely ignorant of economics and so allowed himself to get so thoroughly duped by Douglas.

Ignorance doesn't excuse everything, though. At some point a genuine left-winger ought to be able to recognize when policies are screwing over the people they're supposed to stand for. HP.

He did eventually recognize it, but by the time he was able to take action it was too late. Most of the cabinet were strongly supportive of Douglas' policies because they had worked for awhile, and if you're familiar with the situation in NZ when Muldoon was ousted, you'd see that he had basically had a stranglehold on the economy. Douglas' policy was to free it up (which WAS necessary). Lange and others all believed in that... But Douglas basically used the situation to go far beyond what was necessary. The problem was, Lange was partially occupied with foreign policy and did not realize until 1987 just how dire some of Douglas' policies were. It was then that the two basically engaged in open warfare, but Lange couldn't win because cabinet was made up entirely of people who thought Roger had the answers. When Lange sacked him, they voted to re-admit him. That was it for Lange.

I generally feel he was in the right through the situation and I think he realized it too late.
2  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Will Ferrell as Ronald Reagan on: April 28, 2016, 07:46:29 pm
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The publication reports that "the story begins at the start of the ex-president's second term when he falls into dementia and an ambitious intern is tasked with convincing the commander in chief that he is an actor playing the president in a movie."

It's funny because Reagan had Alzheimer's. Classic.
I know there are a bunch of crazy liberals (including Reagan's son Ron) who have said that he was showing signs of Alzheimer's/dementia during his second term, but I haven't heard any solid evidence to back that up other than possibly Iran-Contra.

He certainly exhibited signs of early dementia around about his second term. His first debate performance against Mondale was a disaster. It was a bit like James Stockdale's performance in 1992. He was a bit out of it. Now, he recovered afterward for awhile, but after that, times like that where he seemed sort of lost popped up more frequently. While not necessarily full blown Alzheimer's, it does look like he had early dementia beginning in 1984.
3  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Who would you have voted for in the 1976 Democratic primaries? on: April 24, 2016, 05:19:40 pm
Udall, easily.
4  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Should Lena Dunham be added to any US currency? on: April 23, 2016, 09:08:12 pm
Let's add all terrible actors to our currency.
5  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: How would you have voted in the preceding election? on: April 23, 2016, 08:20:04 pm
INC

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Zealand_general_election,_1935
6  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Hail, Columbia! (The Election of 1880) on: April 23, 2016, 03:22:59 pm
This is tough because I support public education, so a very split Strauss vote from me.
7  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Sports fans: What is your team's goal song? on: April 21, 2016, 02:44:48 pm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QDg2KLKUCUw
8  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: How would you have voted in the preceding election? on: April 21, 2016, 02:31:47 pm
Robb

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Zealand_general_election,_1984
9  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 1886 New York Mayoral Election on: April 19, 2016, 12:50:59 am
Roosevelt, though Henry George would've been interesting.
10  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Darrell Castle? on: April 19, 2016, 12:48:26 am
Constitution Party presidential nominee.

That's all I need to know. HP.
11  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: How would you have voted in the 1896 presidential election? on: April 19, 2016, 12:45:58 am
Bryan, given the choice between the two. Though less likely in 1900 or 1908.
12  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Federalists vs. Democratic-Republicans on: April 19, 2016, 12:44:26 am
Independent with Federalist sympathies.
13  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: How would you have voted in the preceding election? on: April 19, 2016, 12:42:15 am
NDP

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_federal_election,_1975
14  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Tim Farron on: April 16, 2016, 04:42:20 pm
I like him marginally better than Corbyn. The party was so completely wiped out though that most of their good MPs also lost their seats. It'll be a hard road for him.
15  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 1944- A Scarred America (Haslam2.0 Series Convention Election TL) on: February 24, 2016, 04:17:42 pm
Hull for the Dems, and Wendell Willkie, who might as well have been a Dem.
16  General Discussion / Alternative History / Re: The Olive Branch Petition -Could it have been Successful? on: February 24, 2016, 04:15:39 pm
Nope. It would take a monarch with a vastly different mindset and someone like Charles Fox or Lord Rockingham, or Lord Shelburne to be Prime Minister.

It wasn't going to happen with George III and his loyal PM Lord North, who, even when he had his doubts about it, was a virtual toady.
17  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Evil or Not 21: Napoleon Bonaparte on: February 18, 2016, 03:30:54 am
He certainly had more brains than Adolf Hitler if that comparison is going to be made and he is an endlessly fascinating character.

He was power hungry and his wars were terribly costly to France and to Europe as a whole. He also had the disconcerting habit of simply abandoning his troops when things looked bad. He abandoned Kleber in Egypt, and he abandoned his troops on the death march back from Russia, which was entirely his fault in the first place when he putzed around and refused to leave until it was too late.

So was he evil? Generally, I consider him one of history's fascinating villains because make no mistake, Napoleon was a villain.
18  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Canadian Election Series - CCF Leadership Convention, 1961 on: January 18, 2016, 06:19:49 pm
Douglas, SDP
19  Forum Community / Mock Parliment / Re: The Social Liberals on: September 21, 2015, 01:55:16 pm
Looking forward to it.
20  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Windows 7 vs Windows 10 on: September 15, 2015, 12:03:25 am
XP was the best, though having had 10 for awhile now, I can say that I think it's quite good. Much better than 7.
21  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do you prefer reading about politics in your own country or internationally? on: September 15, 2015, 12:02:14 am
US, UK, Canada, and Australia all interest me... Though I've recently begun to enjoy reading a bit of historical NZ stuff from the 70s and 80s. Their current politics doesn't currently strike me as particularly interesting though.
22  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Are Libertarians more like Republicans or Democrats? on: September 13, 2015, 10:14:40 pm
Republicans by and large... Though you'd see a few like Ed Clark and Mike Gravel who are closer to the Democrats to varying levels.
23  Forum Community / Mock Parliment / Re: The Social Liberals on: September 13, 2015, 10:12:16 pm
Let me know where I'm needed. Still trying to get the gist of everything, but I want to see this succeed.
24  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Theresa May vs. Jeremy Corbyn on: September 13, 2015, 04:48:14 pm
I'd be back to backing the LibDems. Tim Farron isn't that bad.
25  Forum Community / Mock Parliment / Re: The Social Liberals on: September 12, 2015, 10:22:04 pm
Is this still going? If so, I am announcing my intention that I would like to join the Social Liberals.
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