Thursday, February 15, 2007

Roosevelt Assassinated In Miami

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February 15th, 2007

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in 1933, a constitutional crisis ensues when President-elect Franklin Roosevelt is shot to death by an Italian-American bricklayer who objected to another plutocrat gaining control of America's government. Although it seemed obvious to most that Vice-President-elect John Garner was next in line to take over the White House in May, Republican President Herbert Hoover maintained that the constitution was unclear on this point, and asked the Supreme Court to decide who should follow. Although most on the court believed privately that the constitution was, in fact, quite clear on this point, they punted the question to Congress. The House of Representatives, given the duty of electing the president if the general election was unclear, took up the question of whether to elevate their former Speaker, Garner, or to continue Hoover's presidency. Although Garner felt confident that he would win among his old colleagues, it turned out that 'Cactus Jack' had rubbed more than a few of them the wrong way; they voted Hoover back into office. An enraged electorate was made even more radical by this action, and the elections of 1934 saw a huge turnover in Congress – virtually everyone who had voted against Garner and was up for reelection was defeated and replaced by a Garner supporter. Hoover was rendered impotent by the loss of Congress, and was very nearly impeached. He managed to negotiate his way to 1936 still in the office, and John Garner was swept into office in 1936 by a near-unanimous landslide, winning every single state in the general presidential election.

in 1965, the far-left government of Canadian Prime Minister Dominic 'Moonchild' Montclair adopts the leaf of the cannibis sativa as the national symbol for the nation's flag. An obviously oblivious Queen Elizabeth attends the flag-raising to hoots and hollers from hippies gathered for the occasion. Canada becomes known as the front line of the drug war as Montclair's government and a sympathetic parliament enact the most liberal drug laws in the western world. Although denounced by Great Britain and the United States, drug abuse actually declines in Canada during this period, even though casual drug use increases slightly.

Siege of Singapore is lifted
Siege of Singap..
1942 Tomoyuki Yamashita surrendered his defeated Japanese forces to British General Arthur Percival as the siege of Singapore is lifted. In London, Minister of Defence Winston Churchill congratulated British Prime Minister David Lloyd George on his foresight in ordering the fortification ..
.. of the land approaches to the city during the previous year. At eighty, the Welsh Wizard still demonstrates the vigilance that caused the British nation to turn to him once again following the Battle of France.

~ entry by Steve Payne from counter history in context - you're the judge!

In 1950 the Soviet Union and the People's Republic of China signed a mutual defense treaty as World Communism continued to gain an unstoppable momentum. By the time that Douglas MacArthur was inaugurated in 1953, the Cold War was effectively lost. The reversal of these facts on the ground .. Douglas MacArthur
Douglas MacArth..
.. required Brass Hat to reconquer the world all over again, a feat of arms he attempted in the Dropshot War of 1957.

~ entry by Steve Payne from Counter History in Context - You're the Judge!

Reactor Diagram
Reactor Diagram
In 2000 Indian Point II nuclear power plant in New York State vented a huge amount of radioactive steam when an ageing steam generator failed. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) initially reported that no radioactive material was released but were forced to retract this statement when ..
.. ten of thousands of people died on the eastern seaboard. On February 16th the NRC stated The event...resulted in an initial primary-to-secondary leak of reactor coolant of approximately 50,000 gallons per minute and required an Alert declaration (the second level of emergency action in the NRC-required emergency response plan.

~ entry by Steve Payne from counter history in context - you're the judge!

In 1933 in Miami, Florida, Giuseppe Zangara shot President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt, who died of his wounds on March 6. John Nance Garner ascended to the Presidency, famously described by Alistair Cook as the last public man linking America of the Civil War and America of the nuclear .. John Nance Garner
John Nance Garn..
.. age. Cooke was referring to the fact that Garner was born in 1868, the son of a former Confederate cavalry trooper. His unique understanding of American history enabled Cactus Jack to steer the isolationist nation clear of the tragedy of the Second Great War.

~ entry by Steve Payne from Counter History in Context - You're the Judge!

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Andrew Cory said...

I hate to be picky, but:
About your first entry; if the Court told the House to resolve the election, then "everyone who had voted against Garner" would be up for re-election. Every member of the House runs every 2 years. It is members of the Senate who stagger their elections. And the Senate didn't vote at all...

Of course, this is an alternate reality, so who knows?

Reverend Robbie said...

You know, I thought I was wording that correctly, but it just slipped by me. Oh, well. That's why they made the backspace key! :)

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