Blue Skies in Camelot: An Alternate 60's and Beyond

Mo Udall makes me think of Jed Barlett in the West Wing especially the walk to the White House. If that show was made in this timeline I could see that maybe being the starting point of Barlett's political career something to do with Udall, either way, I really enjoyed this update.
 
Mo Udall makes me think of Jed Barlett in the West Wing especially the walk to the White House. If that show was made in this timeline I could see that maybe being the starting point of Barlett's political career something to do with Udall, either way, I really enjoyed this update.
Thank you very much, @HesitatedEye! :D I'd be lying if I said that my being a huge Jed Bartlett/West Wing fan didn't have something to do with my writing TTL... ;) I really like that idea!
 
As for the (very) touchy subject of federal funds being used for abortions... As you have postulated, Mr. President, Representative McCormack (D - NY), Representative Bob Casey (D - PA), Representative Jesse Jackson (D - IL) and other pro-life Democrats would have seen the Hyde Amendment as a natural means of pushing their agenda into the healthcare debate. Unfortunately for them, pro-choice Democrats and Republicans countered that since MoCare effectively eliminates most private insurance (with some limited exceptions), to ban the use of federal funds for abortions here would, de facto make it next to impossible for a large number of women to have access to an abortion at all. While I agree that McCormack and Casey might not have gone for MoCare without Hyde, I could see Jackson prioritizing Universal Health Care over fighting abortion in this particular instance for the time being.
Mmm, I don't see it exactly. When Hyde was passed it was pretty much universally bi partisan, with even Pro Choice reps jumping on the band wagon. Not including it seems a pretty sure way to give opponents of the bill a very fine weapon to bludgeon it to death, plus making the Christian Democrats distinctly uncomfortable from the get go, does not seem to be the best for Udalls hopes here. A good alternative to Hyde could possibly be a provision letting local administrations decide wether to fund a Abortion or not,Won't make anyone particularly happy but it at least avoids the perception of the Federal Government jumping in to support Abortion with Your Money and allows Udall himself to obsucre his position.
 
Mmm, I don't see it exactly. When Hyde was passed it was pretty much universally bi partisan, with even Pro Choice reps jumping on the band wagon. Not including it seems a pretty sure way to give opponents of the bill a very fine weapon to bludgeon it to death, plus making the Christian Democrats distinctly uncomfortable from the get go, does not seem to be the best for Udalls hopes here. A good alternative to Hyde could possibly be a provision letting local administrations decide wether to fund a Abortion or not,Won't make anyone particularly happy but it at least avoids the perception of the Federal Government jumping in to support Abortion with Your Money and allows Udall himself to obsucre his position.
That would set the precedent of local authorities being able to choose what gets funded with Medicare-for-all and effectively kill the law from the inside.
 
Not if they set a very pecific amendment saying that this part and this part only is chosen by local authorities.
The Precedent it would set during the Congressional meetings on it, I mean. If they gave way on that, then I could see opponents of the bill forcing everything to be allowed by local authorities, and the momentum would shift,
 
The Precedent it would set during the Congressional meetings on it, I mean. If they gave way on that, then I could see opponents of the bill forcing everything to be allowed by local authorities, and the momentum would shift,
Well,throw them a big enough of a bone, pecificly on this issue and you may get the Christian Dems to unite behind actually getting the bill passed with no more exclusions...
 
Good update; like how Mo Udall was the first to walk the whole inauguration route...

Congrats at getting Medicare For All passed; this is a major accomplishment for Udall, IMO...

Like how he's going around the world and hope he handles Iran differently than Carter did...

Udall is the tallest president and the first one with a glass eye, which is an interesting stat...

The song "Don't Stop" was sung by Fleetwood Mac and released in March of 1977, becoming Bill Clinton's campaign theme in 1992 (which is how it got more popularity)...

BTW, good update, @President_Lincoln, and welcome back...
 
As for the man of the hour himself, he stood beside his wife, Ella, and resisted the cold with a placid grin. After months of meticulous planning and working with outgoing President Bush on the transition, the President-elect freed himself to focus on crafting a lean, breezy, and powerful inaugural address. He believed that in this field, at least, he had been successful, and he kissed his wife’s cheek as the Chief Justice waved him forward and the marine band played him in. Freund, an aging Harvard man with a deep voice, bellowed the oath out to the impossibly tall (6’5”) Udall as he raised his right hand and swore it.


“I Morris King Udall do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will, to the best of my ability preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States. So help me God.”


The crowd offered a thunderous round of applause, and Udall waited for a moment for them to settle down before he began to speak.


“My fellow Americans, I want to begin by thanking my predecessor for the good work he has done for this land, and for the help he has provided me in preparing to assume this office.


In this ceremony, we celebrate the majesty of American rebirth. It may be the brunt of winter here in Washington, but through our reaffirmation to the peaceful transition of power, we summon forth a spring which thaws even the coldest of hearts, and lets freedom ring from every hilltop and every valley, in this, the world’s oldest and most vibrant democracy. I declare today that we need a change in this country. I can see from the signs, buttons, and banners that many of you are carrying that you agree with me. But we seek change not to challenge, but to boldly reiterate our belief in our nation’s founding principles, and our belief that every single American possesses the inalienable right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. In short, we seek progress, change we can all believe in. In this regard, we are inheritors of a long and proud American tradition.


In order for us to bring about the national renewal we seek, we must be bold. We must restore our country’s confidence in the present, and invest in its future - both economic and environmental. As Franklin Roosevelt once said, ‘The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have little.’ We gather today amidst the greatest economic crisis this country has faced since the Great Depression. Just as in the days of FDR and the New Deal, our government, the only institution that is, as Abraham Lincoln pointed out, “of the people, by the people, and for the people” must be part of the solution. We possess today the means of continuing the great work carried out by President Kennedy, whose New Frontier programs vastly reduced the number of Americans living below the poverty line. America has never been a country defined by impossibilities. We look to the stars and insist that one day we will visit them. We encounter disease, famine, and war, and demand that they be resolved for the betterment of all men. Today, we assert that America, in its third century since declaring its independence, will be a land of great accomplishments, great thinkers, peace, prosperity, and noble defenders of human rights around the world.”

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“I would like to conclude today by sharing something my wife Ella and I read on the side of a camper while on vacation near our home in Arizona: ‘America ain’t perfect. But we’re not done yet!’ Together, we will labor to build a more perfect Union, with your help, I believe we cannot fail. Thank you all, God bless you, and God Bless the United States of America.”
I hate even mentioning the fact that current politics exists, but by golly this is the biggest breath of fresh air I've seen in quite a long time.

Sharon Tate Kennedy
This is as wacky as us getting "Hillary Rodham Bush", in all honesty.

In the end, the GOP theatrics did little to prevent the inevitable. The Democratic Party, resisting internal pressures and divides over social policy especially, stood firm, along with some pretty steep promises for government contracts and spending, as well as the help of their liberal Republcian allies, and passed MoCare through the House 301 - 134 and the Senate 68 - 32, just barely enough to achieve cloture and end the filibustering.
We have Universal Healthcare now ITTL? :extremelyhappy: There was reason before to move this timeline, but now we all have a bigger incentive to move here.

As always, a most excellent update and a grand beginning to Act III.


My apologies for falling so far behind on Closer to Home.
Hey, it's all good. I've mentioned to you numerous times that I really want to come up with something to contribute but nothing appropriate comes to mind for this as of late.

The song "Don't Stop" was sung by Fleetwood Mac and released in March of 1977, becoming Bill Clinton's campaign theme in 1992 (which is how it got more popularity)
The Playlist got an update for the first time in a while. I haven't been keeping track, but I think the streak has continued? No, not that streak!
 
Great chapter @President_Lincoln

Udall is looking to be an amazing President!

Surprised his foreign trip didn’t take him to London?

How did he get on with the Shar? As I recall the Iranian leader admired tall men so I imagine Udall could inspire/request almost anything since he’s (nearly) a giant!

No idea how that Healthcare Act works, I don’t think it’s too similar to the NHS though?

What’s Udall’s thoughts on space exploration and alternative energy please?
 
Hey @President_Lincoln! Can you answer a few questions for me?

  • Jack Ruby
  • John Hinckley Jr.
  • Rowan Atkinson (aka Mr. Bean's actor)
  • Ben Folds
  • Chaim Topol
  • Jason Miller
  • Linda Blair
What's happened with Xinjiang, Tibet, and Mongolia ITTL? And also Transcaucuas and Uganda?

How many more people died in the continued Cultural Revolution ITTL thanks to Lin Bao? and speaking of him, what happened to him? and how is his legacy viewed?

Thanks!
 
An outstanding update. The Inauguration reminded me of Obama's. Was that the inspiration for Mo's? Or is that too obvious. Including the first foreign trip to Canada (as a Canadian this thrills me especially with the way things have been lately between our two great nations :( )

Can't wait for the next chapter!
 
Honestly, I kind of get a feel that's between Carter and Obama. He's as much a man of the people as Carter (not a populist, more just an ordinary guy that ordinary citizens can connect with), but the lofty idealism and eloquent speech reminds me of Obama.
 
To answer your question, QTX, global trade has taken a bit of a hit due to the global recession, though some countries are obviously being hit harder than others. The UK's economy is struggling more than most, and PM Thatcher may soon find herself facing a crisis of confidence, especially as the calls for Scottish and Welsh devolution grow louder and her stance on the issue refuses to bend...
Bit late to reply to this, but now you mentioned that global trade, especially UK, is struggling then that does make me think those Flying Scotsman trade tours might've not had the lasting effect they would've liked and they might go down retrospectively ITTL as an adventurous yet ultimately costly and crazy endeavor.

With the 1978 World Cup coming soon and Scotland already there having qualified as champions then I suppose having Wales there would not only be a historic bit of justice done considering we sort of screwed them over from qualifying, but this would no doubt help both in the devolution vote in 1979 if we are going there?

Wonder if my suggestions of the expansion of 16 to 24 teams for that World Cup will happen, providing we hear how things are going on in Argentina if the junta still happen or if things are going better for them?
 
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