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Trump's Populism A New Political Era
Executive privilege was created by President Washington to keep
Jay Treaty documents
from Congress. Other Presidents would claim the right and courts would
sometimes have to decide legality. Think NSA data
1803 Louisiana Purchase and
with Spain more than doubled the size of the U.S. Later U.S. would force a war with Mexico to expand into the Southwest.
Federalism vs. State's Rights
Indian Removal Act of 1830 forced Indians
The civil War was followed by massive transportation industrialization which involved railroads, canals and steamships. Massive wealth was created. Farm mechanism lowered the cost of food and this coupled with science made for a somewhat more prosperous middle class. Immigrants suffered
"And Now the Rest of the Story"
1) Panic of 1857 was caused by over-consumption of goods from Europe which lowered the hard currency supply. Also overbuilding by competing railroads and rampant Western land speculation caused problems. Think bubbles!
2) Lincoln's Transcontinental Rail Road construction began just before the Civil War. It transformed the nation and began federal government grant of lands directly to corporations; before that act, the land grants were made to the states, for the benefit of corporations.
4) Panic of 1873 was caused by the hard currency Coinage Act of 1873. It lowered the money supply. Workers blamed cheap foreign labor. Called the Long Depression until the 1930's when it was superseded by the Great Depression, it caused severe hardship. It would not be the last time a lack of money and immigrants were blamed for economic problems. See Mexico, United States barrier. Think Great Recession.
7) Interstate Commerce Act of 1887 began an attempt to regulate business trusts and harness their use of monopoly power
11) Harrison appoints four conservative S.C. judges to fight coming
Panic of 1893 dissatisfaction meant a 1996 realigning election with victory for a republican forged conservative coalition consisting of businessmen, professionals, skilled factory workers, and prosperous farmers. Liberal opposition meant two unsettled decades called the Progressive Era which began when Teddy- Roosevelt in the 1902 Coal Strike. It was a period of social activism and political reform which flourished from the 1890s to the early 1920s. Exposing political machines to eliminate government corruption was an important progressive goal. They hoped to create a more democratic federalist republic by putting election reform high on their agenda. Progressives also sought regulation of monopolistic trust corporations through antitrust laws which were seen as a means to promote consumer benefit through fair competition. Post WW I Communists and unions created fears of anarchy so conservative government returned. A second Red Scare followed WW2. Then the War on Drugs. Then War on Terrorism. Then climate fear. Are politicians and media warmongers making us paranoid?
"And Now the Rest of the Story"
1) The 1897
promoted industry at the expense of consumers
as it added to
consumer goods prices.
Republicans felt voter outrage caused by Bonus Army veteran deaths during the summer of 1932. It combined with the catastrophic economic effects of Hoover's domestic economic policies to mean change was needed!
Democrats promoted American Liberalism anchored in a coalition of specific liberal groups, especially ethno-religious constituencies (Catholics, Jews, and African Americans), white Southerners, well-organized labor unions, urban political machines, progressive intellectuals, and populist farm groups. Experts debate whether this era ended and a Sixth Party System emerged in the mid-1960s with the end of the New Deal coalition.
The era may have continued into the 1980s when the Moral Majority and the Reagan coalition were formed and then in the new century with the Republican Revolution. Interrupted by Presidents Clinton and Obama, it may have continued in 1/15 when the Republicans took control of Congress but Citizens United_v._FEC ended it.
1) For the first time U.S. leaders used massive debt to solve a major
non-military problem (SS and
Like military debt, this new type of debt would be lowered economic growth
and inflation. It would be refinanced with little paid back (retired).
3) President Eisenhower pulled
out of South Korean and
4) Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, the worst Cold War nuclear crises was properly managed.
5) Social Security Amendments of 1965 created Medicare and Medicaid.
8) Camp David Accords of 1978 was the high point of recent Middle East peace efforts.
9) Tax Act of 1980 began a trend of cutting everyone's income taxes.
Too Big to Fail policy rescued Continental Illinois Bank
11) Coalition of the First Gulf War in1990 repelled invasion of Kuwai
13) Terrorism strikes on 9/11causes fear that subsides and then returns before the 2016 presidential election.
14) Great Recession ended but slow nominal growth means real national debt will drop slowly as compared to after WW2.
7) Vietnam War and
2000 - 2016
Political Polarity Increases
The Telecommunications Act of 1996 allowed multi station company ownership and national networks developed. As of 2011, Clear Channel Communications (now iHeartMedia) owned over 800 US radio stations and Rush Limbaugh wealth began an 8 years clime to $400 million .
The Citizens United v. FEC allowed unregulated nom transparent individual political contributions.
Together they ended Yellow Journalism Political Era which began with the Washington Presidency. It had been slowed with the New York Times Ochs Era which changed political reporting with a slogan "All The News That's Fit To Print".
1) 2001 Bush Named War on Terrorism begins
2) 2011 Don't Ask, Don't Tell battle conducted on talk radio was ended..
2000 Bush v. Gore: installed their preferred partisan presidency stating it
should not be cited as precedent.
2012 NFIB v. Sebelius: blew a giant hole in the ObamaCare Medicaid expansion stoping Congress coerced states expansion
2013 Shelby County v. Holder: stop state preclearance by federal government gutting the Voting Rights Act did not cite the Constitution.
2014 Citizens United v. FEC near-unlimited corporate election spending on dark money propaganda but the rich have publically matched dark contributions.