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Huey Long

Share the Wealth

Source: AJ Fowler: Huey Long- Share The Wealth

The progressive or even socialist side of Huey Long coming out that basically no one is entitled to a certain amount of money in society. Other than to meet their basic needs even if they create all of that money for themselves. Not sure if Huey was supporting let’s say an excise-tax on wealthy individuals to give to the people who do not have enough money or not.

With this excise tax going to government and then government decides how much money individuals need which is part of the socialist philosophy of there shouldn’t be any rich, middle or poor people and that it’s the job of the central government to prevent that from happening. That the central government should collect the nation’s resources and then give them back based on what they believe people need to live well.

And the central government does this by basically collecting most of the resources in society and then giving that money back to people based on what it believes that people need to live well. I’ll look it up in the future to see if that’s what Senator Huey Long believed in. But from this video he did seem to believe that it was it was unfair for a few people to be so rich while others are struggling. And that government should play a bigger role to see that no one is poor and perhaps no one is rich.

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This post was originally posted at The New Democrat on Blogger

It seems strange to me that President Jimmy Carter would turn down a chance to debate Ronald Reagan in 1980. Even with a third-party candidate like Representative John Anderson in the debate. Because Jimmy Carter was the underdog in this race even though the polls were close for most of the election. But with the situation of the country with the economy and the Iranian hostage situation with all of those Americans being held hostage in Iran and Russia on the march in Central Asia.

President Carter was the underdog in this election simply because of the situation of the country under his watch. And the fact that millions of Americans were looking for new leadership and taking a long look at Ron Reagan and perhaps even Representative Anderson. President Carter needed to take advantage of every opportunity that he had to convince Americans that he deserved another opportunity as President similar to George Bush in 1992 and he didn’t take that shot.

Jimmy Carter MIA

Jimmy Carter MIA

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Leftist-Independent

Leftist-Independent

▶ PBS NewsHour with Jim Lehrer: Mike Gravel From 2007 – YouTube.

Mike Gravel sounds like he wanted to turn America into a Social-Democracy where the people could essentially right the laws. Because laws could be written through referendum instead of our representatives and senators doing that for us in Congress. Instead of the Liberal-Democracy that we are where everything is not done by majority rule. Because we have such a strong constitution and have constitutional rights that are essentially guaranteed for us. Because they are so hard to overturn even if a popular majority at the time believe certain constitutional amendments. Should be repealed because it takes a super majority in both chambers of Congress approving any amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Plus two-thirds of the states as well.

Senator Mike Gravel from what I know about him which isn’t a lot. And I plan on learning more about him in the future. Sounds like someone who mixes Social-Democratic ideology with Liberal-Democratic or Libertarian ideology as well. Perhaps someone who would be called a Socialist-Liberal with strong Social-Democratic tendencies on economic policy. And Liberal-Libertarian views of social issues which I believe is the way to go for anyone. To the Left of lets says Center-Left or establishment Liberals in America. That you can be in favor of having a strong state with strong programs to protect people economically in a. Capitalist economy but you’re not there to try to run their lives for them personally and even. Economically but you want a solid foundation to protect people when they fall through the cracks of the economic system.

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Northeastern Republican

Northeastern Republican

Source: History Comes to Life: Thomas E. Dewey- 1944 Republican Campaign 1944

Tom Dewey was a master at giving great speeches without having much to say. And I mean that the way I put that which is to say he would tell you what he was in favor of and what he was. Against but wouldn’t give a lot of details at least in his speeches and interviews. About how he would accomplish the things he was in favor of and stop the things he was against. He was a slick politician in the sense that he knew who to appeal to while offending the least. And as a result he was almost elected President of the United States in 1948 against President Harry Truman.

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Culture Warriors

Culture Warriors

▶ Pat Buchanan Culture War Speech Finale – YouTube.

The big government Republicans in the Republican Party the faction in the GOP that tends to be skeptical to say the least. About personal freedom and personal choice who want a stronger role for government in how Americans can live their lives. And use government to chart the course for how Americans would live their lives. Who essentially hate the 1960s and 70s and even the baby boom generation and everything that has come from that culturally and. Politically who want to return America to the 1950s politically and culturally where we were more collectivist. As a society as far as how Americans should live their own personal lives. That certain standards even though law have to be in place to guide individuals in how they should live. Their own lives which are the Americans that Pat Buchanan tends to speak for who economically tend to be middle class and blue-collar. Rather than people who are called country Republicans, loved this speech even though the Republican Leadership. Including President George H.W. Bush was excuse the expression, shitting bricks over it and thinking. It would cost them votes with Independents because more Republicans would be stereotyped as culture warriors. Rather that people who believe in individual freedom, opportunity and responsibility. The wing of the GOP that George H.W. Bush came from.

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