History Literature / FearLoathingAndGumboOnTheCampaignTrailSeventyTwo

10th Aug '17 6:44:42 PM DuckDuckNoose
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* SleazyPolitician: Trent Lott, the Mississippi representative who becomes Speaker of the House, is described repeatedly as being a self-serving opportunist. It's all but stated he blocked [[spoiler: Governor Richard Lamm's]] nomination as a caretaker Vice President [[spoiler: just so he could ascend to the presidency if the ailing Wallace either died or was impeached over illegal arms dealing in Central America]]. When [[spoiler:Rumsfeld]] is elected, he goes along with his insane policies, [[spoiler: and supports the nomination of the fundamentalist Jeremiah Denton as Vice President, just so the Christian Values party doesn't threaten the Republican majority in the House]]. [[spoiler:[[KarmicDeath He dies]] when the Christian Values party obliterates Congress]]

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* SleazyPolitician: Trent Lott, the Mississippi representative who becomes Speaker of the House, is described repeatedly as being a self-serving opportunist. It's all but stated he blocked [[spoiler: Governor Richard Lamm's]] nomination as a caretaker Vice President [[spoiler: just so he could ascend to the presidency if the ailing Wallace either died or was impeached over illegal arms dealing in Central America]]. When [[spoiler:Rumsfeld]] is elected, he goes along with his insane policies, [[spoiler: and supports the nomination of the fundamentalist Jeremiah Denton as Vice President, just so the Christian Values party doesn't threaten the Republican majority in the House]]. [[spoiler:[[KarmicDeath He dies]] when the Christian Values party obliterates Congress]]Congress]].


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*** [[spoiler:During a later conversation with George H.W. Bush where Agnew discusses his ambitions in greater detail, a horrified Bush realizes just how out of his depth he is; his entire frame of reference for governing is the shady, sometimes outright crooked backroom deals that happen at the local or state level -- in other words, [[CorruptBureaucrat one man runs everything, never backs down or compromises, and throws his weight around until the other guy breaks]]. Combined with his embrace of "Great Man" ideology and enthusiasm for Teddy Roosevelt-style imperialist policing, it makes nuclear war almost inevitable.]]
--->''"He's sane, Jerry. The problem is that he has the mentality of a suburban ward politician, and he thinks he can apply that to nuclear weapons policy.'' [...] ''He has a very naive view of how international relations work -- no complexity, no room for doubt or new ideas -- and he's convinced that he is smarter than everyone else because he's figured out the real deal."''
10th Aug '17 2:16:06 PM DuckDuckNoose
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** [[spoiler:Agnew shows signs of supreme overconfidence from the very moment he gains prominence by "electing" himself. When he meets with Nixon just before taking office as acting President, he inappropriately calls him "Dick" (a nickname Nixon reserved for only close friends), announces that he's taking only ''one'' advisor in Donald Rumsfeld (despite Nixon's warnings that his administration will be dominated by Rumsfeld's agenda), and says that if Russia and China are duking it out, America'll have no trouble focusing on the NVA -- maybe, he hopes, China will even have an uprising and go democratic if they lose. Nixon, a {{Realpolitik}} man to the core, is shaken and terrified. (This is TruthInTelevision; despite Agnew's public overtures of intellectualism, fostered by William Safire's flowery speechwriting, [[KnowNothingKnowItAll he was privately considered very inept in both domestic and -- especially -- foreign matters]], and Nixon had frozen him out from almost all direct decision-making by 1970.)]]



* TalkShow: [[spoiler:Spiro Agnew]] gets one after [[spoiler:his impeachment.]] Gets high ratings even though he seems to spend most of the time ranting about "[[StrawmanPolitical the ludicrous liberals]]". Compared on the boards to Radio/GlennBeck without a capacity for SelfDeprecation.

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* TalkShow: [[spoiler:Spiro Agnew]] gets one after [[spoiler:his impeachment.]] Gets He gets high ratings ratings, even though he seems to spend most of the time ranting about "[[StrawmanPolitical the ludicrous liberals]]". Compared liberals]]"; he's compared on the boards to Radio/GlennBeck without a capacity for SelfDeprecation.SelfDeprecation. (This could've actually happened; in 1971, [[spoiler:Nixon and Haldeman were exploring the possibility of getting Agnew his very own conservative-funded TV network, just to get him out of their way]]).
30th Jul '17 6:05:41 PM ThePest179
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* FromNobodyToNightmare: [[spoiler: The Lesser Mao and Magnus Malan.]]

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* FromNobodyToNightmare: [[spoiler: The Some of the worst villains in the series are people who are relatively unknown in OTL. Standout examples are [[spoiler:The Lesser Mao Mao, Douglass Coe, and Magnus Malan.]]



** [[spoiler: Rumsfeld has been derisively called "America's Lesser Mao" due to the parallels between both men.]]

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** [[spoiler: Rumsfeld has been derisively called "America's Lesser Mao" due to the parallels between both men. Additionally, Rumsfeld adopts some of Joseph Stalin's tactics and language, namely putting political dissidents in mental institutions and stating "The Pope? How many divisions does he have anyway?", respectively.]]
28th Jul '17 3:06:00 PM Mr.Bubbles
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* FallenStatesOfAmerica: [[spoiler:America has become a corporate-fascist state under Rumsfeld, with widespread poverty, terrible working conditions for Americans, a deteriorating environment and economy, the elimination of almost all forms of social services, [[DividedStatesOfAmerica several states seceding or going against the government]], [[OppressiveStatesOfAmerica an authoritarian police state with its own blackshirts]], and a return to racial discrimination in some parts of the country.]]

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* ExpandedStatesOfAmerica: Under [[spoiler: Rumsfeld]], California is to be partitioned into two states, with the northernmost regions becoming the state of Jefferson. No doubt this is to [[spoiler: secure more republican votes for himself. Unfortunately for him, the plan seems to fall apart once California declares independence in 1985.]]
* FallenStatesOfAmerica: [[spoiler:America has become a corporate-fascist state under Rumsfeld, with widespread poverty, terrible working conditions for Americans, a deteriorating environment and economy, the elimination of almost all forms of social services, [[DividedStatesOfAmerica several states seceding or going against the government]], [[OppressiveStatesOfAmerica an authoritarian police state with its own blackshirts]], own]] BlackShirts, and a return to racial discrimination in some parts of the country.]]


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** [[spoiler: Ted Turner and Gene Roddenberry also join the stand against Rumsfeld.]]
25th Jul '17 12:50:10 PM Mr.Bubbles
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** While still under strong military control, most of East Asia has remained stable. Japan has built up a much stronger military presence of their own, while Taiwan has retaken a good portion of mainland China. Both countries have also been working on a joint nuclear program.
29th Jun '17 10:52:50 PM Mr.Bubbles
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* ThePlague: After AIDS is first discovered in June 1981, much earlier than OTL, the CDC gets to work researching it, [[spoiler: only to have congress cut their funding and transfer the research over to the army's Infectious Disease Research unit. They're ordered by President Rumsfeld to research the disease for ''potential weaponization.'']]
17th May '17 7:20:51 PM TwisterAce
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** George Wallace, who once passionately defended segregation, [[spoiler: returns to political office in Alabama in the 1980s (first as Attorney General, then as Governor again) as a defender of civil rights and with the support of African-Americans.]]
14th May '17 7:51:42 PM redandready45
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* SleazyPolitician: Trent Lott, the Mississippi representative who becomes Speaker of the House, is described repeatedly as being a self-serving opportunist. It's all but stated he blocked [[spoiler: Governor Richard Lamm's]] nomination as a caretaker Vice President [[spoiler: just so he could ascend to the presidency if the ailing Wallace either died or was impeached over illegal arms dealing in Central America]]. When [[spoiler:Rumsfeld]] is elected, he goes along with his insane policies, [[spoiler: and supports the nomination of the fundamentalist Jeremiah Denton as Vice President, just so the Christian Values party doesn't threaten the Republican majority in the House]]. [[spoiler:[[KarmicDeath He dies]] when the Christian Values party nukes Washington DC.]]

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* SleazyPolitician: Trent Lott, the Mississippi representative who becomes Speaker of the House, is described repeatedly as being a self-serving opportunist. It's all but stated he blocked [[spoiler: Governor Richard Lamm's]] nomination as a caretaker Vice President [[spoiler: just so he could ascend to the presidency if the ailing Wallace either died or was impeached over illegal arms dealing in Central America]]. When [[spoiler:Rumsfeld]] is elected, he goes along with his insane policies, [[spoiler: and supports the nomination of the fundamentalist Jeremiah Denton as Vice President, just so the Christian Values party doesn't threaten the Republican majority in the House]]. [[spoiler:[[KarmicDeath He dies]] when the Christian Values party nukes Washington DC.]]obliterates Congress]]
11th May '17 1:29:01 PM Jake18
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* SleazyPolitician: Trent Lott, the Mississippi representative who becomes Speaker of the House, is described repeatedly as being a self-serving opportunist. It's all but stated he blocked [[spoiler: Governor Richard Lamm's]] nomination as a caretaker Vice President [[spoiler: just so he could ascend to the presidency if the ailing Wallace either died or was impeached over illegal arms dealing in Central America]]. When [[spoiler:Rumsfeld]] is elected, he goes along with his insane policies, [[spoiler: and supports the nomination of the fundamentalist Jeremiah Denton as Vice President, just so the Christian Values party doesn't threaten the Republican majority in the House]].

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* SleazyPolitician: Trent Lott, the Mississippi representative who becomes Speaker of the House, is described repeatedly as being a self-serving opportunist. It's all but stated he blocked [[spoiler: Governor Richard Lamm's]] nomination as a caretaker Vice President [[spoiler: just so he could ascend to the presidency if the ailing Wallace either died or was impeached over illegal arms dealing in Central America]]. When [[spoiler:Rumsfeld]] is elected, he goes along with his insane policies, [[spoiler: and supports the nomination of the fundamentalist Jeremiah Denton as Vice President, just so the Christian Values party doesn't threaten the Republican majority in the House]]. [[spoiler:[[KarmicDeath He dies]] when the Christian Values party nukes Washington DC.]]
23rd Mar '17 3:31:10 PM ThePest179
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* {{Fragging}}: [[spoiler: Quite a few soldiers in the invasion of Cuba decide to shoot their Liberty Battalion officers and defect after the latter execute wounded soldiers as a cost-cutting measure.]]



* VerbThis: "Arrest this, assholes, [[spoiler: said by Nicholas Cage to some Liberty Legion officers.]]

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* VerbThis: "Arrest this, assholes, [[spoiler: said by Nicholas Cage to some Liberty Legion officers.officers, after fragging them.]]


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* WeHaveReserves: [[spoiler:Rumsfeld views the lives of American soldiers in Cuba as expendable.]]


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* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: [[spoiler:Both the corporations and Christian Values decide that Rumsfeld have nothing more to give them by the late eighties, and plot to remove him at the first opportunity.]]
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