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« Reply #225 on: March 12, 2011, 11:32:08 pm »
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With a soaring economy and a successful withdrawal from an unpopular war, President Kerrey's victory seemed like a forgone conclusion to everyone accept his opponents. Kerrey's weakness proved to be his attempt to be everything to everyone at once. Seeing the New York had previously gone for Jay Rockefeller, Kerrey focused a large amount of resources there, looking to have the first Progressive landslide since 1975 which was twenty-five years ago.

Because of the focus on New York, Congressman Gregg felt free to campaign in swing states as well as to make environmental protection an issue. Ordinarily Kerrey wouldn't have had a problem with environmental protection except he was working on winning the urban and working class vote. By election day, Gregg had poured enough resources into certain states to win Ohio and Oregon by narrow margins. Despite that, there was a poor electoral vote showing for the Centrists. However, there had been high turnout in ordinarily non-Centrist states.

Meanwhile, Quayle's gaffes didn't help his campaign. At many points he had meant to say one thing and it had come out as merely a collection of words strung together. His re-energization of the Conservative base had flickered out by election day and many an American Patriot would wonder just how far he could have gone without "his damn gaffes".


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Governor James D "Dan" Quayle (AP-AZ); 22 electoral votes
Governor Judd Gregg (C-NH); 13 electoral votes
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America and Onward
Part XXXVI

Having been re-elect in a landslide against two opponents, President Kerrey felt vindicated in attempting to push the rest of his agenda. However, with so much progress in his first term, many inside his administration had worried since the beginning of the election whether Kerrey's second term could measure up to his first. There was little left on Kerrey's agenda that would be called "sweeping" or "monumental" by people in the news. However, maybe it would become of value to historians.

In borrowing from his international friend President Bill Clinton of the CSA, he worked to institute something called Welfare Reform. Despite gutting of welfare and public works projects in the 1980's, certain pieces of the Great Society had been left intact because of the unwillingness of Congress to cut them. Also, since the 1980's programs had begun to regain their size and scope under the Casey and Kerrey administrations. Because of not only the need to curb spending because of the Balanced Budget Amendment, but in looking for a greater solution to poverty, Welfare reform became to focus of Kerrey's remaining years in office.

President Kerrey announcing the project that would come to dominate his second term-Welfare Reform

In 2001, Kerrey became the President to have the Renewed States of America join the Continental America Free Trade Pact (CAFTP). The CAFTP had begun in the late 1980's with Confederate President Howard Baker creating it with Mexico and Canada. However, President Goldwter had refused to join viewing it as "Organized Trade" as opposed to free trade. Meanwhile, President Casey had refused on different reasoning, believing that it would be harmful to workers. Despite objections from the Right and Left, Kerrey signed into the CAFTP on September 2nd, 2001.

In order to curb possible deficit spending because of the Complete Health Protection Act as well as other projects and government growth, President Kerrey passed tax increases on the top 10% income earners in the country much to the digust of the American Patriots and some members of the Centrist Party.

It turned out welfare reform wouldn't come in one huge bill but in several smaller bills beginning with the Scholastic Reform Act which worked to reform schools to better prepare people for working in the modern world. This, he claimed would allow for less people to have to go into poverty because of job loss and would increase competition for workers. A number of American Patriots, surprisingly, would support the act because they also saw some positive affects. In the words of one Congressman "This will allow for much more competition in the market. With better education, better people will be hired. With better people hired, companies will operate better and thus be able to grow and hire more people." That was the justified reasoning for more Conservative members of the House of Elected to support the SRA.

Another principle part of Welfare Reform would be the Employment Training Initiative which allowed for people that were impovershed or relying on government programs for survival to go to government job training classes to allow them to get back into the workforce. This too, would pass the HoE, but rely on a much tighter margin because of less American Patriot support. However, with a Progressive plurality it would still pass.
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In foreign policy, President Kerrey prided himself a "peace-time President". After apparently successful withdrawal from Israel, use of Renewed States forces was at an all-time low and the only action generals had seen was in a few small police actions in Latin America.

Relations would strengthen considerably between the Confederacy and the Renewed States, specifically because of the friendship forged by Kerrey with the CSA Presidents Sam Nunn and Bill Clinton. The introducation of the CAFTP had only helped in that bond and commerce between the two nations had also led to cultural diffusion as well as businesses going to "both sides of the border". Southern crops would come to play a part in RS business while Northern automobile and technology manufacturers were better able to go into the South, and the number of Confederate citizens owning cars went up to 75%. A terrific recovery from the years of poverty that had dominated the South up until the late 1960's. Even as businesses traded more, there was increased travel between the two "sister nations" and the phrase "One country, two governments" became more common on television talk shows either in favor ro criticism of the new relations between the two countries.

Presidents of the "Sister Nations" Bob Kerrey (Renewed States) and Bill Clinton (Confederate States)

As trade and travel increased, there was a growing, but very much in the minority, movement for, in the words of former Alaska Governor Mike Gravel "Complete and total Re-unification". People from both the Right and the Left called on the two countries to re-unite. One notable American Patriot proponent was former Congressman Bob Dole who was one of the few in the nation who could remember the time before the original re-unification, and he still carried members of "Old America". In a famous re-unification speech in 2002 he declared:
I remember the time before the countries we know today. The chaos. The poverty. I remember the fear that many of my generation came to know during that awful time of the Great Depression, when it seemed as if nothing could take the United States out of darkest hour. I also remember that horrible news that President Franklin Roosevelt had been killed. While my family had no love for the President's disastrous policies, we did mourn as we heard of the collapse of the United States. I remember that horrible time between 1944 and 1953 where chaos reigned supreme and I remember when Henry Wallace took the stage at the re-unification conventions calling for a united America. And now, I come here before you to once again call for a United States!
Despite the energy of the movement, the two countries had become all too settled in the way of life of the past fifty years and around sixty to seventy percent of each nation did not want to re-unite.

With all the discussion of Old America and re-unification, the Renewed States was reminded of something that was looming in 2003. The fifty year anniversary of the Renewed States of America.
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On December 1st, 2003, the Renewed States of America celebrated fifty years since the very first election was held. Back then the candidates had been former United States Vice-President Henry Wallace, General Douglas MacArthur, and former Minnesota Governor Harold Stassen. Wallace had won by a large margin, thus setting the course of the country for the fifty years to come.

Since it was the nation's fiftieth anniversary, the citizens and politicians alike were determined to make it an anniversary to remember, with a large amount of spending on fireworks, parties, banquets, alcohol, etc. across the country.

The night before the event on November 30th, members of the American Patriot Party hosted their own dinner, talking about the founders of modern RSA Conservatism. Speakers included California Governor John McCain, former Ohio Governor Robert Taft II (the son of Robert Taft Jr.), Congressman Ron Paul of Pennsylvania, and former Congressman Phil Crane of Illinois. Former President Barry Goldwater Jr. was there as well.

On the night of the event, President Kerrey held a banquet with notable members of the government as well as well known people from television and music. Sadly, Barry Goldwater Jr. was the only surviving President as Rockefeller had died of a heart attack in 1982, Nixon had died of a stroke in 1991, the original Barry Goldwater had died in 1998, and Robert Casey had died in 2000 of cancer. The three other Presidents were obviously dead as well, Robert F Kennedy and Henry Wallace both having been assassinated and Joe Kennedy dying of old age in 1963.
Figures from the music industry included jazz and blues singer George Ivan Morrison, singer and bassist Gary Weinrib of the band Thrill (Weinrib was born in Canada but had moved with his parents to America in 1955 when he was two), and lyricist, singer, and guitarist for the psychedlia group Heaven is Gone, Kurt Cobain. There were a small amount of complaint the following day of certain musicians such as Cobain being invited to the large banquet, however, they were dismissed. Cobain himself was hardly noticed seated at one of the very back tables.

After the banquet which was filled with passionate speeches by former Congressman Bob Dole, former President Barry Goldwater Jr., Pennsylvania Congressman Robert Casey Jr., Minister of Domestic Policy Joe Biden, and the President himself, the fireworks set to go off over New York City were filmed. It was a fantastic display that made the nation proud and re-vitalized Patriot Spirit.

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After 2003 there were no major actions by the Kerrey Administration. The only key things to go through Congress in 2004 were the other pieces of welfare reform, as well as a new energy package designed to keep RS dollars inside the North American continent when people payed for heating and electricity. The package consisted of funding to the emerging technologies of wind, solar, and hydro-electric energy.

Throughout 2004, President Kerrey focused mostly on international events. He, along with Ministers Powell and Rockefeller, travelled the world, visiting leaders and humanitarians. In a visit to Russia President Kerrey observed how the reconstruction was going since the job had first been started in the late 1980's. Returning from his trip he called on the House of Elected to "Pass an act contributing more money to the reconstruction of Russia so that one day she may rise up great and good again, this time as an ally and as a sister power". However, Congress was not willing to delve into foreign affairs and several members of the Congressional Diplomacy Appropriations sub-Committee were unwilling to negotiate for more than already stated funding.

Examing the budget for the upcoming year of 2005, President Kerrey was forced to raise taxes, seeing it as the only option in order to avoid cutting government spending programs. He also cut a large amount of military funding in the absence of any foreign conflict. Both moves were protested by the American Patriots in Congress, however they were not in the majority and the budget passed. Thus the Kerrey Administration began its twilight and public focus went onto the 2005 Presidential race.
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The 2005 American Patriot Nomination

With the Kerrey years entering twilight, it seemed there was new hope on the rise for the American Patriot Party. Because of that, there were several candidates willing to enter the fray.

John McCain of California
A man who was nationally known as a war hero and a principle commander of Allied Forces during the final days of World War II, McCain was a man who could brag to have fought and commanded in the longest and most significant war in recent history. Not only that, but he had experience as an Ambassador and a Governor. This made him the early frontrunner for the American Patriot nomination. However, he would face challenges.

Governor Craig Benson of New Hampshire
The main appeal that Benson was his outsider appeal. His political experience amounted to three terms as Governor of a state where Governors were elected in one-year terms. However, his experience in business and the Conservatism he had shown while Governor made him a possible heavyweight competitor against McCain. The fact that he, a member of the American Patriot Party, had been elected in a state practically owned by the Centrist Party was appealing as well.

Congressman Ron Paul of Pennsylvania
An already two-time candidate for the American Patriot nomination and a one-time nominee, many in the party's hierarchy had long grown tired of Paul's ardent fiscal conservatism and some were often embarassed by Paul's rants on the Congressional floor. However, Paul had a large following among the "Goldwater wing" of the party. His advantage in this was the fact that the only American Patriots ever elected President had the last name Goldwater. Paul's political experience included three terms in the RS House of Elected (1981-1991, 2001-?), and ten years heading his own "America First" committee in Pennsylvania. He, as in previous campaigns, would receive the endorsement of his friend former President Barry Goldwater Jr.

House Minority Leader Dick Cheney of Nebraska
A long-time member of the House American Patriot Congressional Leadership, Cheney was not expected to run dur a known health issue involving his heart. However, his years of Congressional experience, which began thirty years ago when elected to Congress in 1975, were attractive to a number of American Patriots whose primary focus was foreign policy. Cheney's campaign slogan would be "Security for a new century". Throughout his campaign the idea had been discussed of Cheney possibly promising to only run for one term if elected due to his heart condition. However, the idea was dropped because it would only shed light on the issue and make him seem "old and weak" as one campaign staffer put it.

Former Governro Tom Tancredo of Colorado
Tancredo, dubbed by some as "even more bat-sh*t crazy than Paul", and having lost re-election to his Governor's seat in 2000, still persisted in running. However, his campaign appealed to "only those much farther to the Right than Quayle" (according to one anonymous Benson for President campaign aide). Tancredo would fair the worst out of all the candidates.



With the new thirty state primary system, A new schedule would have to be created. The traditional primary schedule had primaries going east to west on the map with the final one, traditionally, being California. However, with the new schedule and even more primaries, a much more wseeming random schedule was drawn up, with primaries scattered all over the place on different days to give candidates from different regions chances that East-Coast candidates usually had.

In the primaries, Tancredo was quickly shadowed out of the race as it became a race between four men. Cheney, after failing to win the Ohio primary in late February, dropped out. However, neither of the three candidates left in the race were willing to give up. Eventually, McCain would take the nomination.

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The 2005 Progresive Party Nomination

With the success of the Kerrey Administration, there were a number of Progressives who hoped that they could be the one's to "Kerrey" on his legacy. However, it quickly became apparent that Minister of Domestic Policy Joe Biden, with Kerrey's endorsement, was the frontrunner. With that, support for other candidates radically decreased and there were only three total candidates left before the first primary.

Joseph R Biden of New Jersey
Biden had a large amount of experience even before joining President Kerrey's cabinet. He had served as a Congressman for many years and had been Minister of Domestic Policy in President Casey's cabinet as well before resigning in 1994. Biden would by and large dominate the primaries.

Ralph Nader of Connecticut
A fellow member of Kerrey's cabinet, Nader campaigned primarily on environmental issues, stressing his and President Kerrey's accomplishments in that area the last ten years and promising even more of the same.

Eric Boucher of California
The former San Francisco Mayor who had been elected in 1995 and declined another term in 2000, Boucher was by far the most Progressive and radical of the three candidates. His tenure as mayor was controversial, filled with incredible increases on income tax for the rich, neutralizing all drug laws in the city, and further extending the city's already liberal welfare program. In the 1970's and 1980's, Boucher had been the lead singer for the "post-psychedelica/punk" band The Last Kennedy.



In the primaries, Biden would quickly show that he wouldn't be trifled with by any far left fringe candidates. However, Nader would lead a strong grass-roots movements in several rural states, eeking out victories in the North-East as well as pieces of the West. His biggest victory was in Oregon. However, he had little success beyond that. Boucher, being as far left as he was, won no primaries though he received nine delegates at the convention.

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Bonus points for whoever knows who Eric Boucher, Gary Weinrib, and George Ivan Morrison are! Grin
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The 2005 Centrist Party Nomination

The Centrist Party had fallen a long way since 1995. Their high point as a party had been from 1978 to the early 1990's. However, they had long retreated since then. Many political experts announced that the final rally for the Centrist Party had been the 2000 election and that with the failure to in any way measure up to the other two parties, it would sink into obscurity. It seemed that the idea would hold true when the front-runners were Connecticut Governor Joe Lieberman, Indiana Congressman evan Bayh, and former Justice Minister Rudy Guiliani.

However, there was one candidate, they believed, could save them. Despite his opposition to war in the Middle East and his working with the Kerrey Administration, the man was popular throughout the country. After the 2000 election, he had resigned from the Kerrey Administration and had been replaced by Congressman John Kerry. Since then he had retired and gone back to his home in Pennsylvania. However, there was significant calling, and on January 2nd, 2005, Colin Powell would enter the race for the Centrist Party nomination.

Former Minister of Warfare Colin L Powell

Despite Powell's late entrance, he quickly surged in the polls, dominating the other three. Despite Lieberman getting good percentages in the North-East and Bayh doing well in some more Conservative states, the nomination was Powell's.

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With that, Colin Powell became the first African-American to be on a major party ticket in both the Renewed States and the Confederate States. The only man before him who had attempted such a thing was two term Congressman Malclm Little in 1980.
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In the general election, Powell was able to challenge Biden on several grounds. While Powell ran on a more fiscally conservative platform, he was also more socially liberal then Biden who was much more moderate on things such as abortion. This put some Progressives in a tricky spot.
Meanwhile, McCain, who saw Powell and Biden takin gpunches at each other, worked on putting himself above the fray and consolidating a strong coalition. With that coalition, McCain would win and become the first victorious American Patriot candidate whose name did not end with Goldwater.

Governor John S McCain III (AP-CA) 51 electoral votes
Minister of Domestic Policy Joseph R Biden (P-NJ) 42 electoral votes
Former Minister of Warfare Colin L Powell (C-PA) 26 electoral votes

In the end, while Powell had failed to win or even to break thirty electoral votes, he had in the eyes of many, "saved" the Centrist Party by being a candidate of national prominence who was able to debate the issues and make the Centrist Party's position relevant.
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America and Onward Part XXXVIII

Minister of Domestic Policy: Steve Forbes (AP-NY)
Minister of Diplomacy: Joseph Lieberman (C-CT)
Minister of Warfare: Norman Schwarzkopf (AP-NJ)
Minister of Justice: Warren Rudman (C-NH)
Ambassador to Allied Forces: Richard B Cheney (AP-NE)

On January 1st, 2006, John S McCain III, a man who had fought in World War II during the sixties and seventies, and a man who had commanded forces in World War II in the eighties, a man who had served as Ambassador to the Allied Forces and as Governor of California, was sworn in as the tenth President of the Renewed States of America. Known by many as a "die-hard tri-partisan Conservative", McCain's political positions were like those of the rest of his party. However, he had much better Congressional relations than others in his party and was good friends with some of the most Progressive of Congressmen, such as Russ Feingold of Wisconsin.

Congressman Russ Feingold (P-WI) a personal friend of President McCain

President McCain's cabinet was composed of both American Patriots and Centrists. However, Progressives who at that point were in the minority, protested that none of their party had been given jobs in the adminsitration. One American Patriot noted "They were so quick to shun us from the cabinet only ten years ago, and now they protest McCain's partisanship. Well, this cabinet is a lot less partisan than Kerrey's, and just as bi-partisan if not more so than Casey's. If you eliminate the question of Casey, then this is probably the least partisan cabinet in the history of the nation.

McCain's top priority would be to strengthen the country's defenses. Former Defense Minsiter Colin Powell, though opposed to war in the Middle East and very cautious about foreign intervention, did agree with McCain on that issue and helped in Congress to get pieces of the legislation through. Such things as border security were a large issue to McCain who claimed that "our country's enemies could come over the border at any time". However, at the same time, in order not only to make peace with Progressives but to "fix a broken system", legislation would be put forth to speed up the immigration process. The end result would be the Renewed States Border Reform, Improvement, and Security Act which would accomplish all the stated goals of the administration.

"Stormin' Norman", the RS Defense Minister, in Arizona looking over the construction of a new wall meant to improve border security

Another issue concerning national security was the lack of Renewed States troops overseas. Over the past decade small wars had broken out over the globe, and some had become major problems. Despite for the most part, energy independence, there were still problems with gasoline prices as more confict in the Middle East made commerce between there and the rest of the world difficult. In order to "protect our ships, protect our men, and protect our way of life", McCain authorized the building of a military base in Tehran, the capital of the RS ally Iran. troops operating from there, in theory, would protect the Persian Gulf from getting shut down (as it periodically did at certain points in conflict where different sides controlled key areas) and allow RS ships to leave and go freely.
While Progressives attacked McCain, with activist Ralph Nader famously shouting on the House floor "No Blood for Oil!", McCain defended his actions. "I am not doing this for any oil company. I am not doing this for any oil executive. I am doing this to ensure the lives of our citizens are not endangered as they attempt to do their jobs in the Persian Gulf. I am doing this so that gasoline prices do not retain their current highs". Progressives would still attack, claiming "We shouldn't have to do business there at all! It's only because of wealthy oil companies, operated mostly out of the Confederacy, that there is any commerce there!" One Congressman, Dennis Kucinich of Ohio, would point out "For the most part, the people you're protecting are citizens of the CSA! The oil companies that are operating there are from the CSA and employ mostly from the CSA. You're not protecting this country's citizens at all!"

Congressman Dennis Kucinich (P-OH) railing against President McCain

Because of that, McCain's administration would get off to a rocky start. However, the economy was still strong and the budget for fiscal year 2006-2007 would be balanced without any major cutting.

President McCain after announcing the ability to successfully balance the budget without any major cuts
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This will be finished soon, hopefully tonight.
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One of the boldest acts of the McCain administration involving both domestic and foreign policy was overseas trade. Whil relations with Europe and China had been good since the beginning of the creation of the Renewed States of America, those alliances had only involved promises of military and maybe economic aide during World War II, though friendly relations had extended after words. After 1987, President Barry Goldwater Jr. hadn't sought foreign relations, calling on his country to reel back its military forces. Casey hadn't advanced trade much better either, being a protectionist by nature. Kerrey had been mostly focused on withdrawal from Israel and Palestine as well as his several domestic initiatives, and he had already had his trade accomplishment with entering the RS into the CAFTP. That left McCain holding the bag.

Over several meetings with Chinese and Allied Forces leaders, in 2007 the Global Trade Initiative was announced. McCain's idealistic side came out with his attempts to get the nations of Africa and South America, as well as Russia to join. His hopes for jobs going to those countries and helping to build the economies of those countries shown through, and some citizens resented him for it. Congressman Kucinich claimed that McCain planned to "ship Renewed States labor overseas to help his corporate friends", and members of all three parties stood against him. However, they didn't have that much control over treaties and international agreements as they used to.

Perhaps won of his most major reforms happened in 2008 with the Renewed States Military Reconstruction and Reformation Act of 2008. The idea behind it was best said by the President himself:

Ever since the end of World War II in 1987, our country's military has not been able to handle the way wars will be run in the future. Our country's most recent conflict, that in Palestine ten years ago, proved it. We were not prepared for new types of guerilla warfare that, in my opinion, may become more prevalent among the conflicts we will face in the future. L-look, folks, in Palestine, a new type of warfare took over. Instead of tanks rolling through streets and lines of foot soldiers marching under one flag, our boys faced well-trained, hard to find militias, shooting from the roof-tops and from buildings, and afterwards easily blending in with the normal populace. If you look across possible brewing conflicts in, say, the old Soviet Union, now called Russia, wars are being fought between groups like that. In the Middle East, the fighting between Kurdistan and Iraq may soon spill into allied territory. I highly doubt that that will be fought with conventional styles and weaponry. What I am proposing is a reform to the military. Headed by former Warfare Minister Donald Rumsfeld, a one year study of possible enemy fighting and training techniques, new types of weaponry, and new types of armor will be conducted. These findings will be put into action and by the end of my first term, a whole new army will take shape.


Other planned results of the RSMRRA would be the creation of the National Security and Intelligence Beaurea, headed by former Warfare Ministry employee Michael Scheuer, who would keep a good record of fiscal responsibility and accuracy in intelligence reporting. The NSIB would be responsible for the monitoring of terrorist activities in the Middle East, as well as activities by Russian nationals, the Russian mob, and former Soviet Communists (all three of which were engaged in a brutal urban war over control of Russia while the Allied Forces dumped large amounts of money into reconstruction and peace-keeping).

First head of the National Security and Intelligence Beaurea Michael Scheuer

However, McCain's popularity seemed to end in 2008 with the deploying of Renewed States troops to Moscow on a "police action" on orders from an Allied Forces resolution. There, troops would be force to confront the brutal guerilla warfare in a different climate against not one but three sides all aiming for control of Russia. Meanwhile, Russian President Alexander Lebedev seemed unable to control his own nation and had resorted to near fascist tactics in attempting to keep at least a semblance of control.

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Immediately upon arrival in Moscow, Renewed States troops were greeted with a firefight between what appeared to be nationalists and communists, though it was hard to tell. Immediately as RS troops exited their vehicles, they were fired upon, immediately making bad press for the intervention. Over the next three months the "peace-keepin effort" seemed to turn into an effort for survival for the troops stationed there. The public, initially having been lukewarm about the entry of troops into Russia, turned against the President they had elected.

Warfare Minister Norman Schwarzkopf was made for a different reason. While initial plans had been to practically flood Moscow with RS troops and to quickly engage in combat with fighters that had enough courage to stick around while the NSIB and the Warfare Intelligence sub-division provided intel on where to root our leaders of the different factions, none of it had gone through.
Congress had restricted the amount of troops to be engaged in Moscow, concerned about troop loss. Also, the sheer beauracracy of the Warfare Ministry, despite continual efforts at reform by McCain, Kerrey, and Goldwater Jr., had prevented intel from reaching troops. In a quote on a book about the Ministry of Warfare, Schqarzkopf would quip "...and as for beauracracy, it arises naturally. You look at it, call for a reform package in Congress to supposedly wash it away, and it'll come back. In government it naturall compiles over weeks and months of not keeping the sharpest of eyes on things, and I'm afraid to say that our troops, our government, and our country learned that the hard way. For over thirty years it was the most important peace of government and we expected to cleanse it with so-called 'reform' bills. Had we known better before engaging in combat, I think that a lot of lives, money, and bad press could have been saved."

"Stormin' Norman" visibly unhappy at a meeting of military heads after hearing the news about the RS entrance into Russia

Early casualties sapped McCain's popularity. However, after two weeks of literally camping in the streets, the troops would be set up with their own Barracks, and links of communication through phone and fax, through which they could receive intelligence on what they had to do.
Among top military "brass", there were concerns about Russia not being able to fend for itself. Even General John Abizaid, who was the commander of Renewed States troops in Iraq held these concerns, and programs were initiated in Moscow and several other cities in order to fully train Russian police and soldiers, and to work side-by-side with them. "We've become a police force here" Abizaid would testify, and RS citizens were not happy with their troops being used as a police force for other nations. Congressman Russ Feingold (P-WI) would say "If we are to be a police force, let us not be a police force alone. Why haven't other nations contributed to this fight? Why have we been mandated to serve another nation while no others contribute, our troops die, and they do the dirty work of an innefectual government unable to control its own people!

Even Conservatives would be upset with their President, who had been elected calling himself a "true conservative". Throughout 2009, more and more stories would come out of the newspapers and radios and TV's saying things such as "Renewed States troops in Moscow today arrested..." and citizens would wonder "Why are we arresting people?", and politicians would say "We are not a police force. If this is a war, so be it, but do not drag our boys into death merely because we feel an obligigation to serve Russia!".

By early 2010, President McCain announced he would not seek re-election because of his age and because of the fact that he wanted to be free to resolve the situation in Russia.
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Ron Paul = Harold Stassen 2.0. hahahaha
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« Reply #242 on: April 02, 2011, 02:53:16 pm »
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Ron Paul = Harold Stassen 2.0. hahahaha

Basically, only Stassen ran for President less times in this timeline. 1953, 1960, and 1965. Paul runs four. Tongue

Anyway, this tl will most likely be finished up by the end of the week. I honestly am at my wit's end on what to have happen. I completely pulled the Russian thing out of thin air. I'm just glad that it'll be finished with the 2010 election and the 2002 and 2008 CSA elections.
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Okay, I deleted a couple of posts. I don't really feel I'm proud of what I'm writing on this recently, but I want to get it done so I can move on to other stuff without the enigmatic "unfinished TL". Hopefully I can finish the portion about the RS today.
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The 2010 Renewed States Presidential Election

The American Patriot Nomination

For the American Patriots, there was no ture leader. Congressman Dick Cheney had died in 2009 of heart complications, Dan Quayle's star had fallen and he was unwilling to run, Ron Paul was seen as too crazy, Jack Kemp had died of cancer in 2009, and House Majority Leader Robert Taft II* was facing corruption charges.

Eventually, a field was narrowed down to:
  • Congressman Ron Paul of Pennsylvania
  • Former Governor Thommy Thompson of Wisconsin
  • Congressman Duncan Hunter of California
  • Former Congressman William O'Reilly of New York

While at first it seemed that the experienced Thompson, who had served as Governor from 1986 to 2006, had the advantage, he lacked charisma. Eventually former Congressman O'Reilly, who had been a journalist and a reporter before going into politics in 1985 (he left his position as Congressman in 2000), had been the leader of the Irish-Catholic Conservatives after the Buckley Brothers left the stage. Since leaving office in 2001, he had served as a talk-show host and was seen as a major Conservative activist. O'Reilly's style of debationg, though to some confrontational, seemed to draw in Conservatives tired of the more conciliatory approach that McCain had taken. He eventually won the primaries, beating out Hunter, Thompson, and Paul.

American Patriot Primary Map

Red-O'Reilly
Blue-Thompson
Orange-Paul
Green-Hunter

Former Congressman and Conservative Activist Bill O'Reilly of New York-the 2010 American Patriot Nominee for President

The Progressive Party Nomination

With an unpopular American Patriot incumbent, many in the Progressive Party believed it to be their chance to win the nomination and with it the Presidency. Those people were:
  • Former Governor Howard Dean of Vermont
  • Congressman Russ Feingold of Wisconsin
  • Former Congressman Joseph P Kennedy III of Massachusetts
  • Former Congressman Mike Gravel of Alaska
  • Activist Ralph Nader of Connecticut
  • Congressman Dennis Kucinich of Ohio
  • Former San Francisco Mayor Eric Boucher of California

The 2010 primaries held a record list of entries, surprising to many. One of the many surprise of the campaign season was the re-emergence of the Kennedy clan after over thirty-five years of disappearance from the political scene after the assassination of President Robert F Kennedy. His son, Joseph P Kennedy III, had served as a Congressman from 1985 to 2005 and had taken his leave from politics, or so he though. The Kennedy legacy had long been tarnished by the years of history revealing some of the Kennedys' flaws. However, they had not vanished completely. JPK's campaign would revolve around attracting eastern ethnic whites to his campaign and focus on working class rights. He would also be more socially conservative than some of the other candidates which would help him to an extent.
As for the other candidates, Russ Feingold stood out as the most reasonable and electable. The only other hcoice besides Feingold and Kennedy seemed to be former Governor Howard Dean of Vermont. All the others were political has-beens or near radicals.

Progressive Primary Map

Green-Feingold
Red-Kennedy
Blue-Dean
Yellow-Gravel

Despite a divisive primary season, in the end, Feingold was the decisive winner and he would be the one to face off against O'Reilly and whoever the Centrists nominated that year...

The Centrist Nomination

After a relatively good showing the year before, there was a large calling to re-nominate Colin Powell, and that time, theoretically, for a successful run. However, Powell declared that he was done with politics for good, having worn himself out campaigning the years before. Former Governor Judd Gregg was also unwilling to run. The Centrist Party leadership, in a desperate attempt to avoid the possibility of a Bayh, Lieberman, or Guiliani candidacy, fearing disastroud affects, called on the one remaining name that could stir the Centrist Party.

On January 9th, 2010, only days before the first primary, Nevada Governor Jeb Bush, son of retired politician George Bush and grand-son of Centrist Party founder Prescott Bush, announced his candidacy for President to much applause. With fifteen years' experience governinig outside of the Centrist stronghold of the Northeast, it was hoped he could at least exceed the previous elections' returns.

However, Bush would not go without a challenger as New York Governor Michael Bloomberg was in the race as well, and with billions of dollars to drop into a heavy campaign onslaught in the early primaries. However, Bush had one thing that Bloomberg didn't have-popularity.

Centrist Primary Map

Blue-Bush
Green-Bloomberg

With that, a Renewed States political synasty would return to the political scene, and a political party would receive another shot in the arm.
Nevada Governor Jeb Bush-The Centrist Party savior?

The General Election
With McCain's unpopularity, O'Reilly was facing an uphill climb against two very strong candidates. O'Reilly also had to face the fact that his primary win was based mostly in the North-East, a region that the American Patriots were not strong in nationally. However, he had the advantage of not even having a voting record to compare to McCain, as he had retired politically five years before McCain had been elected President. Feingold, on the other hand, was a good friend of President McCain and took large steps to avoid attacking him personally.

Congressman Russell Feingold (P-WI)-58 electoral votes
Former Congressman William O'Reilly (AP-NY)-45 electoral votes
Governor John Ellis Bush (C-NV)-16 electoral votes

The election was a clear victory for the Progressive Party as Feingold, the first Jew on a national ticket, was elected President of the Renewed States of America. In a way, it was a victory, too, for O'Reilly, who had one pluralities in Eastern states where Catholics that might have voted Progressive came out for him. Also, it was a victory for the Centrists. Despite a clear electoral loss, they had taken over 25% of the popular vote and had won in states never even thought of as places that would go Centrist, such as Montana.

Russell Feingold (P-WI)-the next President of the Renewed States of America

*Robert Taft Jr., son of the original Robert Taft, was not Robert Taft II. Robert Taft Jr.'s son would be Robert Taft II as he was the second person
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There. Tongue Took me quite a while.
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Coming Soon! The final entry of the fate of the CSA!
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During Clinton's tenure as President, a lot had been done in the area of free trade and communication with the Renewed States. However, at home, he faced a growing rumor of one or more sex scandals with women both in Arkansas when he was there, and when he was Vice-President and President. With hose headlines taking up the public's view of his Presidency, it seemed that the Reform Party would end its eighteen year reign in 2002.

2002
For the Constitution Party, 2002 represented the year that they would come back. It had been eighteen years since they held the capital in Richmond, and at that point they felt prepared to take it after years of disastroud nominees. The eventual winner of the nomination was Texas Senator and former Governor Rick Perry. For Vice-President, the convention chose Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, well known throughout the evangelical community and a former minister.

The Reform Party's convention was much more chaotic. However, embattle Vice-President Al Gore won the nomination, forced to choose former Governor John Edwards of North Carolina to win over the much more economically Liberal Reform Party members.

Senator James R "Rick" Perry (C-TX)/Governor Michael Huckabee (C-AR) 59 electoral votes
Vice-President Albert "Al" Gore Jr. (R-TN)/Former Governor John Edwards (R-NC) 32 electoral votes

Perry's term started off successfully enough. However, he would soon face the crisis of growing terrorism in Latin America. Headed by Venezuela, which was one of the few surviving communist counrties, the problem had gone on since the nineties, but had only come to light and threatened the Confederacy with a terrorist attack on Miami in 2003. Pledging to do all he could to fight terrorism, President Perry began using the Bureau of Defense and Warfare for covert operations in Venzuela. It seemed the operations paid off with the resulting chaos in Venezuela in 2004, and fall of Panaman leader Manuel Noriega in 2005. However, Perry would also have to authorize troop Operation CLOSER THREAT which reulted in heavy bombings of military installments in Cuba and Haiti. Despite thise, he remained popular inside the Confederacy for "doing what had to be done" and the Constitution Party seemed prime to win in 2008.

2008
The Constiution Party easily nominated the popular and likable Vice-President Huckabee, who chose Senator Mel Martinez of Florida for Vice-President

The Reform Party nominated Senators and former Governor and 2002 Vice-Presidential pick John Edwards for President, and Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. of South Carolina for Vice-President.

The election was an historic one because for the first time, a Latin American was on a ticket, and for the first time an African-American was on another ticket. Despite all the media attention that this got, it soon became apparent that Edwards' candidacy was doomed. With the good economy and foreign policy triumphs of the Perry Administration, Huckabee was easily swept into office.

Vice-President Michael Huckabee (C-AR)/Senator Mel Martinez (C-FL) 71 electoral votes
Senator John Edwards (R-NC)/Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. (R-SC) 20 electoral votes

Since then, the Confederacy has mainly been upgrading its security and making sure no more terrorist attacks will happen. However, the economy looks to be heading into a recession and even the likable Huckabee hasn't been completely popular.
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List of Presidents of the Renewed States of America
1. Henry A Wallace (Progressive-Iowa) 1954-1958
2. Joseph P Kennedy (Progressive-Massachusetts) 1958-1960

3. Barry M Goldwater (American Patriot-Arizona) 1961-1970
4. Robert F Kennedy (Progressive-Massachusetts) 1971-1974
5. Richard M Nixon (Progressive-California) 1974-1978

6. Nelson A Rockefeller (Centrist-New York) 1978-1980
7. Barry M Goldwater Jr. (American Patriot-California) 1981-1990
8. Robert P Casey (Centrist-Pennsylvania) 1991-1995
9. Joseph R Kerrey (Progressive-Nebraska) 1996-2005
10. John S McCain III (American Patriot-California) 2006-2010
11. Russell D Feingold (Progressive-Wisconsin) 2011-Present

List of Presidents of the Confederate States of America
1. Richard Russell (Independent-Georgia) 1945-1955
2. James S Thurmond (Constitution-South Catolina) 1955-1961
3. Lyndon B Johnson (Reform-Texas) 1961-1967
4. George C Wallace (Constitution-Alabama) 1967-1973
5. John B Connally (Constitution-Texas) 1973-1979
6. Spiro T Agnew (Constitution-Maryland) 1979-1980
7. John G Tower (Constitution-Texas) 1980-1985

8. Howard H Baker Jr. (Reform-Tennessee) 1985-1991
9. Samuel J Nunn (Reorm-Georgia) 1991-1997
10. William J Clinton (Reform-Arkansas) 1997-2003

11. James R Perry (Constitution-Texas) 2003-2009
12. Michael D Huskabee (Constitution-Arkansas) 2009-Present

The End
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I must credit Kalwejt for giving me the idea to do this through his "The Commonwealth that Never Was..." timeline. Thanks.
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