LBJ is because Goldwater would frequently pick him to serve as Chancellor mostly because of family ties and nepotism, along with his very persuasive attitudes as the former majority whip. I just liked it because it had LBJ and Goldwater together. I understand it's not for everyone and I'm fine with that. However, in retrospect, I probably could have picked a better photo of the two of them together.Personal opinion the Goldwater photo.. why not pick a better one and why have LBJ in it?
I wonder what happened in America to have such a system.
You can use a full page screen capture extension for Chrome and then crop it in a paint editor
Are you trying to start a flame war? Why would Goldwater enact antisemitic laws? He never expressed anti-Jewish sentiment once in his private writings.
The 1950's in America were a strange time. From the constant new deal ideologies clashing with a resurgence in conservative thinking with the election of Harold Stassen in 1948 to the radical ideas of homosexuality demanding to be normalized within first the armed forces, then american society itself. Among all the assassinated gay rights activists, civil rights activists and religious leaders emerged one of the latter category, a young bishop from Georgia and one act of disobedience by an exhausted black woman on an Alabama bus rose to prominance as the spearhead of the society of roses.
While the conservative government slandered such liberal groups as "communist", there seemed to be a grain of truth to the message they were sending the people: The time has come for alteration. Alteration and change were the forces actively pushing agaisnt the conservative reactionaries and hardliners within the Hoover administration. After blanket charges of communist sympathy and a well publicized incident with the military, a coup deposed Herbert Hoover in 1960 and promised change.
The proposed change was slowed down hard in the legislative means, with southern senators working in droves agaisnt progressive legislation prepared by a friendly house and actively pushed for by Admiral-President Ernest King. His Anglophobia was too much of a liability with the military and relations with Churchill, and so was forced to resign in favor of Martin Luther King in 1961. The First black president of the united states was too much for many southern states to swallow this early, and so introduced even harsher "King Laws" while threatening to secede. The overturning by a conservative court of Texas v. White didn't help matters either.
Enter stage left Barry Goldwater, a senator from Arizona who stood as the conservative standard bearer for the American Union party. While facing off against their historical rivals of the Liberal Confederacy, the party unexpectedly collapsed with the death of Quentin Roosevelt in 1959. The ensuing power vacum enabled snap senate elections to be filled with AU friendly governors, giving them 85 of the 100 seats in the senate and 400 of the 437 house of representative seats.
After mass approving several sweeping political changes such as the abolishment of term limits for all political offices and enabling the election of Supreme Court Judges every 10 years as a way to balance it out, Goldwater announced his candidacy for president as the American Union's presumptive nominee and unofficial president-elect before the election had started.
Handpicking Curtis LeMay despite their disagreements on aliens and foreign policy, also opted for an assignment of Douglas MacArthur to the new post of Chancellor.
Come election day with mandatory voting being instituted and counting up over a hundred million votes later, Barry Goldwater narrowly won with all 50 states compared to his nearest opponent, which got an impressive total of 0 votes, a new record compared to the next seven elections, where Goldwater's opponents would be given negative vote totals in the millions to give the illusion of democracy.
Throughout his reign, Goldwater maintained stability and strength within the United States with a hands off approach to the economy in allowing private enterprise into the country unmolested, provided no political dissidents rose up. In terms of foreign policy he would frequently intervene in mexico,france and with the Roman People's Republic. Despite threats of hellfire from St. Petersberg, little in the way came of it. Though there were noticeably american foreign policy blunders in the countries of the Philipines and Oman, where military action led to bloody civil wars which still linger on to this day. In terms of economic policy, the government usually only stepped in when private enterprises failed, with mixed results depending on industry. There was also this question of his cult of personality.
Before the 1976 US Elections on the bicentenial, There were elaborate displays of affection by the people of america for the glory of goldwater. Mass westerns and almost everything southwest touched every corner of the country. Bobble heads of their "Grand Leader" were mandatory in schools and to children, with the singing of praises and the adding of Goldwater's head to Mount Rushmore while destroying the monument. The Statue of Liberty was replaced with the Cowboy of Liberty, which was a massive statue of Goldwater riding a bucking stallion to remind people who ruled them.
His personal pubic appearances slowed down in the early 90s, with his increasing age limiting his overall state functions. Rumors swirled around that he would step down by the 1996 election. Despite all this, he announced his candidacy for President at the age of 87. It was in this climate that he naievly allowed a single political opposition party to be announced, though with a smoke room back deal that stipulated the states they were to win and to purposefully lose the election.
The taste of real democracy was still a facade,and the cult of personality still gripped strong on many Americans, who still enjoyed Goldwater as the "grand leader" and "most beloved god". The latter part rather frightened Goldwater, as he increasingly turned liberal with his ideas throughout the early 90s. Despite his best efforts, however, Temples of Goldwater were erected everywhere throughout the country. He soon reluctantly allowed them to stay, despite his personal misgivings about being declared a god.
The 1996 election saw George Wallace, a long time accomplice and ally of Goldwater, "turn his back" halfheartedly in order to become an opposition force. The second voice in american politics known as the Conservative Democratic Union was nothing more than a slightly independent puppet of the American Union's political machines. The deal agreed to at the convention was to have the CDU win only the states of their presidential candidate and running mate. This meant that longtime Senator John Stennis of Mississippi was temporarily resigning from the senate in order to take up the post. The convention room of the CDU was just a saloon within Mobile,Alabama.
Come election day, the American Union and Goldwater would win yet another election with 48 states and 99.3% of the popular vote. America seemed to be going well with the president's most recent election, with him immediately announcing a presidential run in 2000.
A Presidential run which would never occur...
Goldwater was found dead in his bathroom at 6:23 AM, hand clutched over his heart tightly when they found him. The country was stunned, with the president they had loved and worshiped for over 34 years being dead. This shattered the theories of immortality, yet the party hardliners refused to believe such a thing had occurred. This left the American Union political elites scrambling to fill the power vacuum which was initially filled with Thad Cochran, who would be deposed in a bloody coup in 1999 to enable war hero George H.W Bush to take over the country.
Bush would give a secret speech to the Senate that condemned many of the war crimes that Goldwater had conducted over his reign, including the Hard Winter of 1967, in which a mass famine due to incompetent government officials and Goldwater's Anti-Semitic policies (despite his father being jewish) led to the deaths of over 400,000 in the bread basket states. There were also failed policies of mass industrialization of the farm states, such as a failed attempt to dam the Mississippi which led to disastrous floods in 1972 to 1974. The hard political infighting within Washington was so great that Bush would be ousted in 2004 and replaced with fellow Arizonan John McCain, who leads the nation to this day.
Woah woah woah, That's not my intention at all.