History Literature / FearLoathingAndGumboOnTheCampaignTrailSeventyTwo

5th May '16 9:22:10 AM Morgenthaler
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* GenreSavvy: [[spoiler:Rumsfeld]] tried to "disappear" [[spoiler:UsefulNotes/JimmyCarter]] by having him deemed mentally unfit on account of a "severe nervous breakdown" and dragged away to a BedlamHouse. [[spoiler:Carter]] saw it coming, though, and kept the Chief of Psychiatry from a top UsefulNotes/{{Atlanta}} hospital by his side so that, when the "men in white" came to take him away, the good doctor would give him a clean bill of mental health and tell them off.
5th May '16 9:22:00 AM Morgenthaler
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* UsefulNotes/TheApartheidEra: [[spoiler: [[UpToEleven Made worse]], extending to discrimination of non-Afrikaner whites and verging on genocide against the blacks.]]



* UsefulNotes/TheTroubles: Worse than our timeline, not helped by the re-election of UsefulNotes/EdwardHeath's Conservative government in 1974 and him putting a hardliner in charge of counter-terrorism -- UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher.
** Then the you-know-what hit the fan when one of the splinter groups [[spoiler: killed Queen Elizabeth II]].
** They subsided for a few years, but by the mid-80s are picking up again with [[spoiler: a Loyalist bombing that has killed Prime Minister James Callaghan.]]



* UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar: Drags on for longer with no American pullout. However, though even more bloody and devastating, it ends with South Vietnam's independence preserved.



* YanksWithTanks: [[spoiler: Much of it is privatized by Rumsfeld, with disastrous results during the invasion of Cuba. See EpicFail above.]]
18th Apr '16 8:45:16 PM redandready45
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* TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive: A variation. [[spoiler: James Gavin]] initially balked at the idea of being thrown into the White House through procedural means, but after [[spoiler: seeing the country fall into anarchy after being forced into the Vietnam War, and then being paraded in front of the SmugSnake Agnew himself, Gavin agrees]].

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* TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive: A variation. [[spoiler: James Gavin]] initially balked at the idea of being thrown into the White House through procedural means, but after [[spoiler: seeing how down the country fall into anarchy rabbit hole Agnew has become, as well the deteriorating foreign situation, Gavin agrees to become the president after being forced into the Vietnam War, and then being paraded in front of the SmugSnake Agnew himself, Gavin agrees]].is impeached]].
18th Apr '16 8:41:42 PM redandready45
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* TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive: A variation. [[spoiler: James Gavin]] initially balked at the idea of being thrown into the White House through procedural means, but after [[spoiler: seeing the country fall into anarchy after being forced into the Vietnam War, and then being paraded in front of the SmugSnake Agnew himself, Gavin agrees]].
1st Apr '16 9:55:25 PM redandready45
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** The members of We The People, also act this way to a certain extent. One of the reasons [[spoiler: Rumsfeld]] was able stay for another term is that they refused to form a coalition with the Democrats, believing them to be just a collection of sham politicians, with Ralph Nader thinking [[spoiler: the Democrats are also aligned with Rumsfeldia's corporate network]].

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** The members of We The People, also act this way to a certain extent. One of the reasons [[spoiler: Rumsfeld]] was able stay for another term is that they refused to form a coalition with the Democrats, believing them to be just a collection of sham politicians, with Ralph Nader thinking [[spoiler: the Democrats are also aligned with Rumsfeldia's corporate network]]. network]], dividing the liberal vote in the process.
1st Apr '16 9:53:58 PM redandready45
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** The members of We The People, also act this way to a certain extent. One of the reasons [[spoiler: Rumsfeld]] was able stay for another term is that they refused to form a coalition with the Democrats, believing them to be just a collection of sham politicians, with Ralph Nader thinking [[spoiler: the Democrats are also aligned with Rumsfeldia's corporate network]].
25th Mar '16 5:40:48 PM redandready45
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--> '''William F. Buckley''': I dont know what you call [[spoiler: Rumsfeldism]] other than its own name: [[YouKeepUsingThatWord I resist the f word as it is used too broadly on the left]], so that a real fascist regime such as the South African one is somehow cleansed of its true, dark evil by the abuse of the word to the extent that it has a bland lack of meaning. But I will say that Rumsfeldism is the road to Hell itself, minus any of the good intentions.

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--> '''William F. Buckley''': I dont know what you call [[spoiler: Rumsfeldism]] other than its own name: [[YouKeepUsingThatWord I resist the f word as it is used too broadly on the left]], so that a real fascist regime such as the South African one is somehow cleansed of its true, dark evil by the abuse of the word to the extent that it has a bland lack of meaning. But I will say that Rumsfeldism [[spoiler: Rumsfeldism]] is the road to Hell itself, minus any of the good intentions.
25th Mar '16 5:40:07 PM redandready45
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* DystopiaJustifiesTheMeans[=/=]DespotismJustifiesTheMeans [[spoiler: Rumsfeldia and the Christian States of America were both political forces that ripped apart constitutional rights and constitutional checks on their power, so they could create a corporate-authoritarian state and a violent theocracy respectively]].
--> '''William F. Buckley''': I dont know what you call [[spoiler: Rumsfeldism]] other than its own name: [[YouKeepUsingThatWord I resist the f word as it is used too broadly on the left]], so that a real fascist regime such as the South African one is somehow cleansed of its true, dark evil by the abuse of the word to the extent that it has a bland lack of meaning. But I will say that Rumsfeldism is the road to Hell itself, minus any of the good intentions.
24th Mar '16 9:20:38 PM redandready45
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* HeelRealization: [[spoiler: Jeremiah Denton, after taking political office, has this moment after learning about Rumsfeld's treatment of political dissidents, and how he purposely ignored it for political gain]].

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* HeelRealization: [[spoiler: Jeremiah Denton, Denton suffers from this after taking political office, he learns about the Liberty Battalions' murder of wounded American soldiers, and moves to have Rumsfeld removed from office. He has this moment a bigger one after learning about Rumsfeld's treatment of political dissidents, and how he purposely ignored it for political gain]].gain]].
* HeelFaceTurn" [[spoiler: Jack Edwards and Jeremiah Denton both]].



* TheAtoner: [[spoiler: Wallace returns to the governorship of Alabama in order to prevent its destruction by Rumsfeld's destructive and oppressive policies, believing his own failure as president allowed for Rumsfeld to come to power]].

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* TheAtoner: George Wallace invokes this during his presidential campaign, claiming to have abandoned his segregationist ways. [[spoiler: Wallace As president, he goes further, choosing his old nemesis Nicholas Katzenbach as his vice president, appointing Ron Dellums to his cabinet, and giving MLK a posthumous Medal of Honor. After seeing Rumsfeld destroy the nation, he realizes his own mediocrity opened the door, and returns to the governorship his old job as governor of Alabama in order to prevent its destruction by Rumsfeld's destructive and oppressive policies, believing his own failure as president allowed for Rumsfeld to come to power]].save it from Rumsfeldia]].
23rd Mar '16 6:05:27 AM redandready45
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* DefectorFromDecadence: [[spoiler: Jack Edwards and Dick Cheney. The former got tired of Rumsfeld's anarcho-capitalist policies. The latter was horrified he was recruiting Christian fundamentalists]].
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