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1  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 1924 House and Senate Vote on: July 31, 2014, 07:12:14 pm
Sticking with Smith.
2  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Woodrow Wilson vs. Calvin Coolidge on: July 31, 2014, 03:18:28 pm
A pro-business fiscal conservative who was strongly in favor of anti-lunching and other civil rights legislation

Did Coolidge actually succeed in passing any anti-lynching or civil rights legislation though? As far as I know, the only race-based legislation that he signed while President was the blatantly racist Immigration Act of 1924.

I believe he signed the Native American Citizenship Act in the same year.

Also, why was Coolidge anti-lunching? It seems like that would seriously undercut Hoover's claims four years later of a "full lunch pale".
3  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 1924 on: July 31, 2014, 03:17:00 pm
Are any Populist traditions of the WP helping Underwood in the South, or has Coolidge's withdrawal gained his party favor in Dixie? All three parties seem like they wouldn't be the South's cup of tea, so to speak. Even with the Unionists showing more favor to the South, they'd still have economic policies designed to benefit Northern industry, especially on tariff issues, and that could be crucial.
4  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Would you ever quit a job because your supervisor smoked pot? on: July 30, 2014, 07:51:28 pm
Hell, I've had a foreman who smoked pot with one of my co-workers who I knew from school. I'm in no position to quit a job because of that, as I actually value my financial survival.
5  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Poll: Communist China? on: July 30, 2014, 07:12:24 pm
I remember my academic adviser saying during class that political scientists were looking to re-classify China as "Vanguard Capitalism" given its one party structure combined with its increasingly corporatist nature or something like that.
6  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Would you be disappointed if your son... on: July 30, 2014, 07:03:28 pm
If I had an adopted son with my boyfriend, I would be wondering first and foremost where I went wrong with him and why he would want to pursue his life as an Alaskan Eskimo. However, I would at least give him the benefit of the doubt of dating Palin partially for media attention and Palin not being Jan Brewer or Jean Schmidt.

Isn't the proper term for Alaska "Inuit" and not "Eskimo"?
7  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 1872 Presidential Election on: July 30, 2014, 11:36:22 am
Probably Greeley at the time.

So you're pro-Klan?

His inclusion of "at the time" leads me to think his South Carolina residency is factored in as well. Not that such changes much, but, y'know.
8  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Would you be disappointed if your son... on: July 30, 2014, 05:13:35 am
She's too old for him, for starters, and I refuse to have to suffer through that God-awful accent.
9  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVI: Sidejackin' it in the Train Room. on: July 29, 2014, 10:12:53 pm
The longest you've held a job would be my question.
10  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Presidents House Vote on: July 29, 2014, 10:10:48 pm
Interesting map. Is it based on real life performances at all? That would seem to be the case.
11  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Your Forum Cabinet on: July 29, 2014, 09:49:18 pm
Excellent! The British cabinet Cassius made looks extremely interesting in terms of characters, I can already picture something like Francis Urquhart's House of Cards (one has to admit the idea of say, Cathcon as the Chief Whip taking out his rivals is fascinating)

I'm flattered, but what leads you to believe I'm either clever enough or vicious enough to properly take out my rivals?
12  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: America Is In Danger on: July 29, 2014, 09:40:32 pm
Glad to see Mallory Archer's agency is doing so well.
13  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Would you be disappointed if your daughter... on: July 29, 2014, 09:38:37 pm
Most definitely. Given that I imagine Cuomo at his current age or later, and my hypothetical daughter being in her teens, it'd be absolutely disgusting. Of course, it's that classic movie where the naive and attractive daughter tells her father there's nothing to worry about and that I'll love him when I meet him, but we know how that ends: Either in heartbreak and disgrace, or some sort of heroic move by the protagonist ex-boyfriend. Either way, it involves Cuomo being an insufferable piece of waste.
14  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / U.S. Presidential Election Results / Re: video of 1992 Clinton veep speculation on The McLaughlin Group on: July 29, 2014, 09:35:22 pm
Which potential Clinton running mate would have maximized the chances of the Democrats winning the White House a third time in 2000?  Would any of the others have done better than Gore did IRL?

Few of these seem very good for the 2000 election. Maybe Bradley to keep a few of the party's left-wing loyal, or Wilder to offer his home state of Virginia and a lot of media attention for his race. Harkin seems to be a safe but boring choice who would ultimately fail to win the Dems a third term, Kerrey might only amplify Clinton's marital issues, Mitchell's old. Rockefeller might offer something in the way of West Virginia, but I doubt his ability to expand on Gore's states beyond that. Tsongas would be dead and I know nothing about Wofford other than what I just read on Wikipedia, and he's friggin' old.
15  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Which countries are the biggest threats to the United States? on: July 29, 2014, 09:08:33 pm
I don't see Great Britain or France on this list. Why so?
16  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Political Tracker - The Same Love Act Poll on: July 29, 2014, 08:34:17 pm
Surely the state has better things to do than crash the McPoyle family wedding.

Given that there's very little good the state can do or achieve, crashing the McPoyle family wedding is about the best they can shoot for, in all honesty. Given what sick pieces of filth the McPoyles are, that's honestly giving the government a lot of credit to say it could even physically do that.
17  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The People's Seat: Matt from VT for Senate on: July 28, 2014, 09:53:51 pm
Where do you stand on possessing a ridiculous amount of Atlasian flag apparel?
18  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Have you ever donated money to a politician, political campaign, or PAC? on: July 28, 2014, 09:45:03 pm
I've donated a combined total of $150 so far to Ed FitzGerald's and Nina Turner's campaigns for Ohio Governor and Ohio Secretary of State, respectively. It does seem like a lot, but Ohio Dems rely heavily on these average donations from Ohioans and I just really want to see these 2 win this year for a variety of personal and political reasons.

I also donated $20.16 to the ReadyforHillary SuperPAC as well since I'd really like to see Hillary run and I did get some free bumper stickers from the PAC, so not a bad trade. I'm undecided if I'll donate anything to any of the Senate candidates this year or not, but I'll almost certainly donate to Portman's general election opponent in 2016 granted I can happily get behind the Democratic nominee.

Where are you magically getting the cash to finance this?
19  Forum Community / Forum Community Election Match-ups / Re: Atlas Election Match-Ups Through the Ages on: July 28, 2014, 08:25:05 pm
President Motley considered himself a proud constitutional conservative, and, as such, had opposed the "New Deal", foreign war, and President Maxwell's crackdown on the South. While his friends and colleagues had seen little racism in him, for the incoming president, the issue was not about racism, but about the right of a state to determine its own policies. Following the issuance of the "Oakley Plan", in fact, Motley had simply stated that he encouraged all African-Americans to simply leave Alabama, and, in rather harsh words, described the types that wished to pursue Governor Oakley's agenda. However, when it came to legal opposition to it, he was far from inclined to act, viewing it as a matter of the limits of the federal government. "I would strongly urge the citizens of Alabama, rather than the U.S. Army, to point out that such an act is in violation of  the Alabama State Constitution. If--and I don't believe it would be--is found constitutional under such laws, they obviously need to be changed. However, that is not the job of anyone outside of that state."

Nevertheless, the idealistic Congressman, upon assuming the vast power of the presidency, was forced to look at things in a different light. While he would still work for passage of his economic policies and kept to his principles on U.S. isolationism, the situation in the South would be re-examined. Many of his party's base would accuse him of selling out in the wake of being granted such power. Some outside the Conservatives believed it had been a change of heart for the better. President Motley, however, would maintain until his passing in 1971 that "When I was exposed to the array of intelligence that a President must be forced to look at, after several attempts at negotiation on our terms had failed, and in viewing the amount of federal property the rebellion had confiscated and stolen, it seemed that the matter did fall in my lap, as much as I desired not to." While opponents to his left would still call him "weak" on his Southern policy, over the next four years, the South was saturated with force on the grounds that Motley had stated. By 1948, the war was winding down.

The capture, trial, and execution of SCA Benjamin "Banjo" Broski that wrapped up in June of 1948 would occur just as Motley was nominated for re-election. Despite the President's achievement, many claimed he had sold out. Senator D.S. Natureson of New York had won several primary victories against the president and had nearly won at the convention. Given the foundations of the party, the convention cobbled together an often-times contradictory platform to run Motley on. While applauding the President's success in the South, at the same time it maintained that no other government would have accomplished such a feat and that it was due specifically to the party's policies and principles that the conflict was winding down.

The Republicans, in a seeming electoral freefall nationwide with their main issue off the table--despite large gains in the 1946 mid-terms--nominated former Governor John Adams Winfield of Rhode Island, who was notable for his internationalism, ties to Eastern business interests, and his establishment of universal healthcare in his home state (though Liberals decried it as a "corporatist scheme"). He was joined on the ticket by M.L. King of New Mexico, a former bureaucrat known for his unorthodox style. Such a choice pissed off many in the party's right-wing who claimed that King pretended to be a New Mexico Republican for trolling purposes purely. Winfield, who was attempting to form a centrist coalition, ignored their claims. The Liberals, meanwhile, again nominated Darren Cranberry. This time he was paired with attorney Jefferson Dent of Alabama. Dent, the scion of a powerful Democratic political family, had rejected his roots and, during the uprising in the '40's, had led the legal crusade against the Oakley plan.

Motley won landslide re-election despite low turnout from his own party, easily trouncing the internationalist Winfield and the radical Cranberry.
20  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: What Party Would the Above Politician Be In if He/She Were Alive Today? on: July 28, 2014, 07:05:38 pm
Probably some low-level New York GOPer whose hopes for higher office are dashed by shady connections. Maybe mayor, one day. Fiscally conservative, too lazy to think of what his social views might be like.

Alfred E. Smith.
21  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 1924 on: July 28, 2014, 07:04:05 pm
Smith/Walsh in the name of Il Papa!
22  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 1820 Presidential Election on: July 28, 2014, 07:00:00 pm
My boy JayQuay.
23  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / U.S. Presidential Election Results / Re: video of 1992 Clinton veep speculation on The McLaughlin Group on: July 28, 2014, 06:55:59 pm
I wonder how the elevation of another Rockefeller to the Vice Presidency would have affected the country and its political fortunes...
24  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Hey on: July 27, 2014, 10:49:33 pm
25  General Discussion / History / Re: A Must Read For Everyone on the Forum on: July 27, 2014, 12:58:11 pm
Very interesting...
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