Discussion in 'Alternate History Discussion: After 1900' started by Halv Cyra, Sep 5, 2018.
Yeesh. Who will Castro pick as his VP?
I guess it's time for a new post
1969: Year 1 of the Castro Administration- Domestic Policy
Castro worked on establishing a cabinet, as many positions were still not filled, he would settle on a cabinet of mostly liberal or moderate democrats... Some of which were left over from the John Kennedy administration. The most interesting pick Castro decided on was Nelson Rockefeller, a liberal republican, would be secretary of Commerce. Castro decided to give Rockefeller a gift for his endorsement during the elections. Another interesting pick was Cesar Chavez, a hispanic trade union leader, for Secretary of Labor, which barely was approved by Congress. Castro's main focus during his administration's first year was getting a civil rights bill on his desk. He managed to spearhead a bill that would end up giving African Americans and Women complete legal equality. But opposition was fierce from many more conservative elements of both parties. But Castro would work across the Aisle with progressive republicans. Castro decided to play dirty in getting the act passed after 4 months of deadlock, threatening Congressmen and making favors. The fruits of his labor would pay of on November 23rd, 1969 when Castro on a cold morning would sign the civil rights act into law.
"My Fellow Americans, it is time to spread the rights of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness to all Americans, regardless of skin colour or sex. It is time for Americans to stand together in unison and say that Freedom must ring out across our fair nation. I hereby sign the Civil Rights Act of 1969 into law. May every citizen be equal under the law of land."
-Excerpt from Castro's Address on the signing of the Civil Rights act.
Castro Cabinet (1969-19XX)
Secretary of State: Eugene McCarthy
Secretary of Treasury: Paul Samuelson
Secretary of Defense: Creighton Abrams
Secretary of Commerce: Nelson Rockefeller (till 1972), John T. Conner (From 1972)
Secretary of Labor: Cesar Chavez
Secretary of The Interior: Stewart Udhall
Attorney-General: Nicholas Katzenbach
Not a bad cabinet. Chavez is an interesting choice.
No VP though, or did you have one pickd, and I forget who?
Also, I can imagine Castro still having a heavy Cuban accent when speaking English.
I'm saving that for '72
November 31st, 1969- Georgia Governor's Mansion.
Lester Maddox was sitting in the dining room of the Georgia Governor's Mansion, that damn Hispanic Castro had done it. Civil rights was passed, and his constituents, White Southerners, were angry with the Castro Administration and the democratic party. As time went on, a few important southern men trickled in. Governor George Wallace of Alabama, Governor John Bell Williams of Mississippi, Senator Strom Thurmond from South Carolina. They began talks of a new Party for Southern Pride and States Rights. They were not letting Castro and his progressives force their Yankee agenda upon southern voters.
Oh great, another Dixiecrat party.
new part soon
Today there will be a new part, sorry for being late.
Damn it. Alright, new part today or tomorrow. Sorry, I've had a lot of school work and testing.
1969: Year 1 of the Castro Administration- Foreign Policy
Castro's interactions with foreign policy began with RFK's Assassination, when many nation's leaders called in paying their respects to Kennedy and wishing Castro good luck. Castro after taking office had one goal, an end to the Vietnam War. Castro also sent word to China during his first year after the Sino-Soviet Border Clashes, seeking closer relations between the United States and China. Castro's policy in Vietnam was trying to end the war without a perceived American defeat. He organized peace talks with the North Vietnamese government, though they were unable to reach a settlement within his first year. Castro also began gradually withdrawing U.S. troops, while also increasing US aid to South Vietnamese forces. This policy of "Vietnamization" as Ex-Vice President Richard Nixon called it, was to allow more American troops to come home and train the South Vietnamese forces into a more effective fighting force. Castro's first year overall was much more important in it's domestic actions rather than foreign policy.
1970: The Assassination of Former Vice President Richard Milhous Nixon
Richard M. Nixon was campaigning for the incumbent California governor, Ronald Reagan's reelection. He would walk on stage to deliver a short speech before being shot repeated by 20 year old, Arthur Bremer, who shot the man trying to achieve fame rather than shooting him for any political reasons. Nixon would later die in the Hospital, bleeding out from 3 gunshot wounds to the chest and neck. Many speculated that Nixon was planning to run for President in 1972, but the world would never know of his true plans. The Castro Administration would send their condolences to the grieving Nixon family, a public funeral would be held honoring the life of Eisenhower's Vice President.
Short, but could have a big impact.
It will don't worry, Nixon's presumptive Nominee status was just cut short by a madman's bullet, The GOP is kinda freaking out rn. But speaking more about it would ruin the next part.
Hey guys, sorry for a Month of Inactivity, I should have a new post on New Years Day!
California Governor's Mansion, November 5th 1970
Two days ago, California Governor Ronald Reagan was elected to a second term as Governor of California, the Conservative governor was popular in his state. He sat by the fireplace, he determined that with Nixon's tragic death in Los Angeles would lead to an opening in the Republican primaries of 1972 as Nixon was presumed to be the party's eventual pick. He decided that he would run a Modern, Conservative Campaign in order to usurp the "radical" liberals running the country at the time. He began to contact donors and during an interview in January of 1971, he said he was considering a presidential bid.
1970: Year 2 of the Castro Administration - Major Domestic Policy
Castro would be pleasantly surprised by his boost in popularity after the passing of the civil rights act, his second year would be a fight for two key facets of his agenda, a repeal of Taft-Hartley and a Package of Social Security amendments known today as Medicaid and the Medicare Youth and Veterans Expansion, this would have expanded Medical care to former Servicemen and children up to 10 years old. Castro would align with an Old rival of his, Senate Majority Leader Lyndon Baines Johnson, to pass the Amendments to social security but often broke with LBJ on the Issue of Taft-Hartley as Johnson supported the act. The Social Security Amendments of 1970 would be passed in the senate with a 56-44 Senate Vote, and passed in the house by a moderate margin. Castro was delighted by the passing of the Act. In an address on July 31th, 1970...Castro would give an address applauding the amendment's passing and within the next few days, he would sign it. Castro's efforts to repeal Taft-Hartley would yield little as LBJ's opposition would lead to a narrow blocking of the repeal. Castro would sit at a relatively positive 61% Approval rating by years end.
Just one quick thing
Listen, I've neglected this timeline as of late. so I'm gonna ask you if I should continue this timeline or begin working on something new.
When you have down time, keep it going.
Wait - November 31st?
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