History Literature / FearLoathingAndGumboOnTheCampaignTrailSeventyTwo

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.]]
24th Jan '17 6:50:59 AM ACW
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19th Jan '17 7:24:05 PM TheRedRedKroovy
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* TheGreatPoliticsMessUp: Inverted. It's looking increasingly likely that the Soviet Union is going to survive and reform its system, with some posters speculating that it might very well ''win'' the UsefulNotes/ColdWar -- or at least, pull ahead of the US in global influence. Already, it's pulling Western Europe into its economic orbit (and making scads of cash) by selling them natural gas and petroleum at cut-rate prices, and it's engaging in a form of "MBA communism" reminiscent of Deng Xiaoping's reforms of OTL's China, cutting back excessive military spending, allowing more free enterprise and trade, and requiring more accountability from state-owned businesses. Meanwhile, the US under [[spoiler:Rumsfeld]] is starting to experience much the same economic, domestic, and military pressures that ultimately did in OTL's USSR, with foreign adventurism and various wonder weapons bloating the defense budget, an aggressive ideological pursuit of the free market at all costs doing severe structural damage to the economy and standards of living, and the two-party system under increasing strain from both sides. The parallels get even stronger in [[spoiler:Rumsfeld's]] second term with [[spoiler:California and Hawaii seceding from the Union]] and several other state governments openly defying the will of Washington.

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* TheGreatPoliticsMessUp: Inverted. It's looking increasingly likely the ''Soviet Union'' that wins the Soviet Union is going to survive UsefulNotes/ColdWar, having successfully reformed its system in the '70s and reform its system, with some posters speculating that it might very well ''win'' the UsefulNotes/ColdWar -- or at least, pull ahead of the US in global influence. Already, it's pulling '80s. It pulls Western Europe into its economic orbit (and making makes scads of cash) by selling them natural gas and petroleum at cut-rate prices, and it's engaging domestically, it engages in a form of "MBA communism" reminiscent of Deng Xiaoping's reforms of OTL's China, cutting back excessive military spending, allowing more free enterprise and trade, and requiring more accountability from state-owned businesses. Meanwhile, the US under [[spoiler:Rumsfeld]] is starting to experience experiences much the same economic, domestic, and military pressures that ultimately did in OTL's USSR, with foreign adventurism and various wonder weapons bloating the defense budget, an aggressive ideological pursuit of the free market at all costs doing severe structural damage to the economy and standards of living, and the two-party system under increasing strain from both sides. The parallels get even stronger in [[spoiler:Rumsfeld's]] second term term, with [[spoiler:California and Hawaii seceding from the Union]] and Union]], several other state governments openly defying the will of Washington. Washington, and NATO dissolving as Western Europe, unable to trust an America that's increasingly becoming a rogue state, goes it alone and establishes a ''detente'' with the USSR.



** BedlamHouse: [[spoiler: These are Rumsfeld's version of TheGulag, using bogus mental illness diagnoses to have dissidents committed to mental hospitals-[[NotSoDifferent similar to what Stalin did]].]]
* HandicappedBadass: George Wallace. His is able to shake off his segregationist past and use his paralysis as a symbol that he understands human suffering. [[spoiler: He even becomes president of the United States in 1976. This becomes deconstructed later on, as Wallace is unable to use his brand of politics to create a meaningful national agenda, to the point of losing support among liberal Democrats, and the stress of public life takes a toll on Wallace's already fragile health. It is reconstructed later on however. After a period of physical training, he returns to his old turf as Governor of Alabama to resist the actual federal tyranny of Donald Rumsfeld]].
* HeelRealization: [[spoiler: Jeremiah Denton suffers from this after he learns about the Liberty Battalions' murder of wounded American soldiers, and moves to have Rumsfeld removed from office. He has a bigger one after learning about Rumsfeld's treatment of political dissidents, and how he purposely ignored it for political gain]].

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** BedlamHouse: [[spoiler: These are Rumsfeld's version of TheGulag, using bogus mental illness diagnoses to have dissidents committed to mental hospitals-[[NotSoDifferent hospitals -- [[NotSoDifferent similar to what Stalin did]].]]
* HandicappedBadass: George Wallace. His is able to shake off his segregationist past and use his paralysis as a symbol that he understands human suffering. [[spoiler: He even becomes president of the United States in 1976. This becomes deconstructed later on, as Wallace is unable to use his brand of politics to create a meaningful national agenda, to the point of losing support among liberal Democrats, and the stress of public life takes a toll on Wallace's already fragile health. It is reconstructed later on on, however. After a period of physical training, he returns to his old turf as Governor of Alabama to resist the actual federal tyranny of Donald Rumsfeld]].
Rumsfeld.]]
* HeelRealization: [[spoiler: Jeremiah Denton suffers from this after he learns about the Liberty Battalions' murder of wounded American soldiers, and moves to have Rumsfeld removed from office. He has a bigger one after learning about Rumsfeld's treatment of political dissidents, and how he purposely ignored it for political gain]].gain.]]
23rd Nov '16 6:57:51 AM Morgenthaler
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* ArabIsraeliConflict: [[spoiler:Heavily altered, with the Israelis holding on to the Sinai Peninsula after the Yom Kippur War, and the PLO getting split between the secular nationalists and the religious fundamentalists (who call themselves the PJO: Palestinian Jihad Organisation), who fight among themselves. The PJO eventually wins out against the PLO, and launches several terrorist attacks against Israel. These attacks, combined with the election of a far-right Israeli government, leads to Israel committing ethnic cleansing in Lebanon and brutally suppressing resistance in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and the Sinai Peninsula. Israel also starts expanding into Syria and former Saudi Arabia.]]
14th Nov '16 9:11:35 PM redandready45
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10th Nov '16 11:16:53 AM Jake18
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** [[spoiler: Jeremiah Denton who once, he gains the Presidency, tries to rebuild America from the years of Rumsfeld's rule. Unfortunately, his own CV allies resist his attempts at reform, leaving him little more than a figurehead]].

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** [[spoiler: Jeremiah Denton who once, he gains the Presidency, tries to rebuild America from the years of Rumsfeld's rule. Unfortunately, his own CV allies resist his attempts at reform, leaving him little more than a figurehead]].reform and eventually overthrow him]].
10th Nov '16 10:35:35 AM Jake18
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** The corporations get this with [[spoiler:Rumsfeld's]] extreme deregulation of the economy, as they find a totally unrestrained free market to be far more chaotic than they anticipated.
5th Nov '16 6:11:50 AM SorPepita
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* TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized: The Muslim Brotherhood/PJO are an Islamist revolutionary groups(s) that commit atrocities everywhere they go.

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* TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized: The Muslim Brotherhood/PJO are an Islamist revolutionary groups(s) group(s) that commit atrocities everywhere they go.
5th Nov '16 6:10:34 AM SorPepita
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** Pete [=McCloksey=], a former Republican congressman, who rejects the increasing polarization of both parties, becoming the Governor of California on an independent ticket, [[spoiler: and becomes one the most powerful resistors of Rumsfeldia and later the Christian States of America]].
** [[spoiler: Jeremiah Denton, who once, he gains the Presidency, tries to rebuild America from the years of Rumsfeld's rule. Unfortunately, his own CV allies resist his attempts at reform, leaving him little more than a figurehead]].

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** Pete [=McCloksey=], a former Republican congressman, who rejects the increasing polarization of both parties, becoming the Governor of California on an independent ticket, [[spoiler: and becomes one of the most powerful resistors of Rumsfeldia and later the Christian States of America]].
** [[spoiler: Jeremiah Denton, Denton who once, he gains the Presidency, tries to rebuild America from the years of Rumsfeld's rule. Unfortunately, his own CV allies resist his attempts at reform, leaving him little more than a figurehead]].



** Creator/RogerEbert gives a blistering one to the movie industry [[spoiler: for producing Pro-Rumsfeldian, right-wing propaganda. He's fired by the ''Chicago Sun-Times'', and committed to a BedlamHouse]].
** UsefulNotes/BillClinton [[spoiler: gives one to Trent Lott for allowing a Christian Values wingnut to become vice-president]].

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** Creator/RogerEbert gives a blistering one to the movie industry [[spoiler: for [[spoiler:for producing Pro-Rumsfeldian, right-wing propaganda. He's fired by the ''Chicago Sun-Times'', and committed to a BedlamHouse]].
** UsefulNotes/BillClinton [[spoiler: gives [[spoiler:gives one to Trent Lott for allowing a Christian Values wingnut to become vice-president]].
5th Nov '16 5:53:59 AM SorPepita
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** [[spoiler: President Denton, who was expected to President Lunatic because of his fundamentalist ties, chooses to be President Personable, and tries to rebuild the political system and restore confidence]].

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** [[spoiler: President Denton, who was expected to be President Lunatic because of his fundamentalist ties, chooses to be President Personable, and tries to rebuild the political system and restore confidence]].
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