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76  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Re-Elect Talleyrand Northeast Senator! on: May 10, 2015, 08:30:15 pm
77  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: American Parliament Election Series: 1864 on: May 10, 2015, 08:23:54 pm
Conservative because I want to see what will happen if we don't expand.

There's no guarantee that Douglas won't... He fears expansion could lead to war with France, which is why he's trying to do things peacefully.
78  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: American Parliament Election Series: 1864 on: May 10, 2015, 06:47:36 pm
Any questions or anything so far?
79  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of Juggalos on: May 10, 2015, 03:58:17 pm
I've got a buddy who likes them and has gone to their concerts and paints his face up when he does.

Other than that though, he's just a normal guy with a normal job. I never saw what the big deal was.
80  General Politics / Individual Politics / American Parliament Election Series: 1864 on: May 10, 2015, 03:46:44 pm
In a shock result, William Seward's Liberal Republicans were nearly wiped out of the House and finished a poor third in popular voting. The election belonged to Stephen Douglas who saved the Conservative Party's fortunes with his new grand strategy of appealing to local issues. The Liberal Republican leadership approached the Radicals about merging to attempt to form a government. However, the proposed merger was opposed by the more left wing Radicals who split off when the party voted to merge and became the People's Party, led by Thaddeus Stevens. The People's Party is essentially a left wing party that is espousing greater civil rights such as votes for women and blacks, worker's and farmer's interests, national expansion (and by default war with France), an elected Dominion Governor rather than an appointed one, and a national graduated income tax. Supported by influential editor Horace Greeley, the party has grown rapidly among the disaffected.

Meanwhile, Douglas formed a government and began scaling back a lot of the Seward Ministry's reforms, especially the hated employment law. Douglas also fully finished the compensation of former slave owners and allowed the local southern authorities to segregate if they chose. Douglas also lowered tariff rates, pleasing the Dominion's trading partners and began building the standing army after feeling threatened by the French invasion of Mexico. Douglas attempted to limit westward expansion so as to limit the potential for a dangerous situation forming. Douglas and his War Minister Jefferson Davis worried that the tinderbox could explode before the army was prepared and British help could take much too long to arrive. Douglas and his External Affairs Secretary William Marcy attempted to continue peace talks but because he had only a small majority to work with and the loss of three by-elections in Monongahela & Allegheny, Cincinnati Central, and Trenton to the People's Party forced Douglas to govern as a minority. The Radical Liberals, now led by Abraham Lincoln, moved a non-confidence motion in the government and with the aid of the People's Party, brought down Douglas' government.

With an election only a year and eight months after the last one, there is little change in what each party is wanting. Lincoln, like Douglas, wants to build up American forces, but he also deplores Douglas' rollback of reforms. Lincoln is also open to the idea of an income tax to replace protectionist measures as he supports free trade unlike Stevens' party. The Radical Liberals are also strongly in favor of expansion and have decried Douglas' limiting of westward expansion. The Radical Liberals are also calling for a transcontinental railroad and for talks with the French and Mexicans to purchase the California territory from whomever may win the conflict.

2 days.
81  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of the Liberal Democrats on: May 10, 2015, 03:07:43 pm
There are a lot of good LibDems. Mostly the ones who were knocked out in the election or retired. Charles Kennedy was good, Ming Campbell was good, Simon Hughes was good, Andrew George was good, Bob Russell was good... There were plenty of good to balance out the bad ones like Clegg and his cronies like Alexander and Mark Hunter.
82  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of "first past the post" on: May 09, 2015, 10:42:36 pm
It really does render an individual person's vote useless. There are better ways
83  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: American Parliament Election Series: 1862 on: May 09, 2015, 05:11:46 pm
I would have thought the LRs would be doing better, seeing as Seward abolished slavery and all.

Strange things happen sometimes.
84  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of NE Rep. Dr. Cynic: On the Confederates on: May 09, 2015, 04:46:58 pm
I'm hosting a town hall today for NE citizens. Anything I can do for you?
85  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Happy Birthday Sawx! on: May 09, 2015, 12:09:31 pm
86  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE1: Northeastern Identity Act on: May 09, 2015, 11:17:54 am
87  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE2: Northeast Right to Work Act on: May 09, 2015, 11:17:21 am
88  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE3: Kickstart My Heart Act on: May 09, 2015, 11:16:23 am
89  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: American Parliament Election Series: 1862 on: May 09, 2015, 10:53:38 am
Still a bit more time left on this one.
90  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Jeffersonian vs. Hamiltonian Economics on: May 08, 2015, 10:39:34 pm
Neither of them were right, but in the context of who had the better vision, it's almost certainly Hamilton, given that if Jefferson's economic plan was implemented, this country would never grow economically.

In this day and age especially, Hamilton's ideas far outpace Jefferson's.

However, it's not like Hamilton was the bee's knees either.
91  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: What party is more Conservative on: May 08, 2015, 09:34:02 pm
There are a lot of UKIPers that are borderline socialists.


You know the type. Working class man who's fallen behind economically and who feels Labour sold out, so he votes on immigration issues. The type is fairly standard and exists among most populist right parties.

That's a good chunk of Republicans too. Especially in this neck of the woods, because they don't know any better.
92  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: What should Labour do to win back Scotland? on: May 08, 2015, 09:32:03 pm
I don't think this is a permanent setback for Labour in Scotland. I think within the next couple of elections the SNP will likely be whittled down because the SNP was a protest vote. If Labour selects someone more electable and the independence issue dies out, the SNP will lose their momentum.
93  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 2012 Presidential Election on: May 08, 2015, 08:52:08 pm
You are all....

94  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 1924 Election (The Hearse at Monticello) on: May 08, 2015, 06:27:37 pm
Put the Populists back in Power! Sinclair!
95  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Next UK Labour Party Leader on: May 08, 2015, 03:59:06 pm
Well, I would've said Ed Balls before last night...

Honestly, it'll probably be Cooper, but I could see Burnham get in.
96  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Nick Clegg on: May 08, 2015, 03:57:52 pm
While Torie's analysis of him as somebody who took a principled stand for the good of the country regardless of political expedience may be in some ways a reasonable account of his intentions, it doesn't do away with the simple fact that he broke his party's most basic promises to cravenly prop up a terrible government for an entire term and led his own pathetic but not entirely terrible party to ruin in the process. HP but voted for the third option.

The LibDems are going to have to do a soul search. They've lost virtually their entire talent pool. Who's left? Tim Farron will end up the leader by default, probably. There's really no one else for them to put forward. They're in a far worse position than Labour.
97  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Would you rather live in Alberta or Scotland? on: May 08, 2015, 03:49:46 pm
Scotland... Even if they've temporarily lost their minds.
98  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE2: Northeast Right to Work Act on: May 08, 2015, 02:00:05 pm
I'm going to use a real life analogy for this sort of legislation. Several times over the years, professional wrestlers have attempted to form a union in Vince McMahon's WWF/WWE. However, each time, they were ratted out by someone else and promptly fired because Vince doesn't want to face that kind of leverage from his workers, so as to keep their wages relatively low.

This kind of law protects businessmen like that and it protects those who will rat on their co-workers. One of the guys goes to Vince and says "So and so is trying to get them organized". Vince fires the ringleader or ringleaders and uses a law like this as justification. "These were just some troublemakers trying to force everyone to unionize".

Those are the sort of people a law like this protects. I can't possibly support something like that. It may not be your intent, but it's the kind of thing that happens and would happen if this law were passed.
99  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: American Parliament Election Series: 1862 on: May 08, 2015, 10:35:30 am
Quite a big reversal in fortune for the Conservatives going on. Looks like Douglas could pull a Cameron.
100  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Nick Clegg on: May 08, 2015, 10:32:40 am
He singlehandedly help destroy several parliamentary careers, including the last two members of his party who were in parliament before the merger. I feel bad for a lot of the good LibDems, but not for him.
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