George w bush won another mandate. He planed to push his agenda. He wanted to privitize social insurance,increase drilling in anwar,drilling off alabama. An aid said the right is about to strike back.
Bush anounced a new cabinet. This cabinet incuded condaliza rice as foreign minister. He promited his environment minister micheal levit to health minister.
His homeland security minister bernared kerik the former new york police commisionor was forced to resign after evidence that he lied about shares he owned of tazer international . As homeland min,he would be negiociting contracts with the firm. This was a clear conflict of interest. Kerek was kicked out of the cacus. He decided to leave the house. He later went to jail for interfering with the veting process.
He was replaced by former cival servent turned judge micheal certef. Certef was one of the more contraversal members of the cabinet. The bush mandate was critisized for its human rights violation.
The agenda got side tracked. Tery shivo was a women in a coma. Her husband wanted to pull the plug. Her perents incisted that she was stil alive. This was a private case. Bush was convinced by aides,his brother and others urged him to act. He delayed tabiling his social insurance reform and suported a private members bill nick named terrys law. Tery did die. The evidence later sugested she was in a vegitative sate.
When bush was ready to introduce his social insurance reform,the situation in iraq got worse. He delayed the bill again.
The insurance reform bill was finally tabled. The bill did pass. It was seen as a power grab by an imperial prime minister. The opisistian stage a walk out on the house chamber. The tories aproval ratings fell to an historic low. It only got worse.
Several back banchers ended up resigning in disgrace. Some had ties to jack abramov a tory contributor who himself ended up serving in a federal prison. Others had unrealated coruption charges. This led to the liberals caling the conservitive government a culture of coruption.
Then in the fall of 2005, a huricane called katrina struck new orlions. The government failed to stop the leavys from flooding or to lead a meaningfull evacuation. People were let back into the city before the crisis was over.
Bush did not tour the city but visited from the air. At a telivised fund rasing event,rapper kenye west said “prime minister bush does not care about black people ‘”
Iraq became more and more unstable. It looked like cival war was in the heriizon. The liberals already declared that the war was lost.
Then torry back bencher mark folley was forced to resign over a scandial about abuse with a parlimentry paige.
The tories lost several provincial election. The liberal took ohio,new york,mascicutas,and kyintucky.
While pm bush decided to begin a new program on iraq. He decided to send more trops in what was called a trop surge. He replaced the commander of the iraq operation with general david patraus. Defense minister Rumsfeld resigned as defense minister.
He apointed non mp robert gates as minister of defense.publically bush made it out to be deputy pm chaney’s idea to bring in bob gates. In reality chaney was very angery with the decision to replace Rumsfeld. Chany himself almost quit. Chaney who had been bush’s seccond in command was basically out of the loop.
Apearently chaney considered trying to have bush sacked as party leader but chaney had no real suport to lead the party.
A memo on enchanced interogation was leaked. There was aslo aligations that pm bush was trying to interfere in to federal investigation. Several top justice department lawers complaned about presure to persue cases of voter frauid by liberal and green canidates. Justice minister al gongalis fell on his sword and resigned. Bush put another non mp in the cabinent. This time retired judge micheal muchasey.
In 2007 housing market colapsed. The next year a recesion hit. Pm bush decided to stimulate the economy by giving rebate checks. The hope was that the american people would spend the mony on big ticket items. Bush was very unpopular.
He was hoping that the conservitives could keep power. He anounced he would leave office in the fall of 2008. While he stayed out of the leadership confrence,sources said he favered john mccain because of his stance on the war on terror. He was afraid of former Arkansas pm mike Huckabee. Masscusas x premer romney was his second chioce.
As soon as mcain became leader of the tories,he negociated a transistion. Dick chaney was his liasion. On november 20th,pm bush left number ten alaganey street and became a private citizen.
Bush kept a low profile after leaving office. He did not coment on pm mccain or pm obama. He took up painting. He also wrote a memour and a book on his farther.
In 2012,his oficial potrait was unveiled at parliment. Bush had tried not to be political.
Mccain called an election in january and the conservitives were swept from power. Berak obama a back bancher in the ilinois provincial assambly shocked everyone by beating senator Hillary clinton wife of x pm Clinton. Obama Champaigned on hope and change. McCain looked stiff. Mcain resigned as party leader and was replaced by dick chaney. Mit romney took over but the tories lost again in 2012. The next election will probably occur in 2016 0r 17.
George bush led the tories to the first government sense his farther led the tories in the 1990s. His first year saw a difficult learning curve. The party became somewhat unpopular. Liberals became emboldened.
Then a series of terorist attacks on september 11,2001 transformed the prime minister’s aganda witch had been domestic agenda into a foregn policy government .
The post 911 boom for the government was short lived. A war in iraq hurt bush at his chances of another conservitive mandate.
It also put the liberal in a bind. The liberals believed that america was esentialy a center left nation. Bush like reagon tried to cater to the more right of center. They believed that the right would over reach. They could run on the economy and a government that does not catter to the richest one percent with unpaid for tax cuts.
After 911,the grits decided to suport the government in there move to combat terorism. Leader of the opisitian joe liberman asured American that we are one country and must come together.
Then pm bush decided to expand the war on terror to iraq. Liberman alowed his caucus to vote as they saw fit. Former vermont premer Howard deen vioced his oposistian to the war. He based his run for the leadership of the liberal on opisiatian to the war.
Joe liberman had become very unpopular as leader. He was eliminated at the leadership confrence fairly early. While deen was seen as a contender he was forced to call it quit after the third round of voting.
It came down to senator john kery a former veterin of the viet nahm and trial lawer turned senator john edwards. Kerry got the leadership node.
Kerry was elected in a bi election wining the seat of john tirney. Kerry adopted a fighting the war better then the tories. He did not back a deen plan of leaving iraq. Kerry did deen in his shadow cabinent as national defense critic.
While nothing seamed to work in iraq. The insurgency seamed to be intensifying. Defense minister Rumsfeld ofered to resign but bush refused to acept it.
Bush campaign was based on a return to patrotism. It also included emphises on social isues. He apealed to people of faith. He tried to maintain a center right coilition.
He got some problems. Minister of defense colin powel anounced he would not be runing for relection. Powel was not happy with the direction of the government.
Tom ridge who an unelected cabinet minister opted not to run for election . As a former pensivania premer,ridge could have been elected quite esily. Ridge felt like the odd man out. Pm bush usually sided with deputy pm chaney and defense minister Rumsfeld over powel and ridge. He lost health minister tomy tompson who waa unhappy at getting the health portpholio.
Bush convinced his national security advisor condiliza rice to run for powel’s seat. He made it clear that if rice failed to win election to the house of comons,he would have her in his cabinent any ways.
The pm decided to call an election in january. On January fith 2005,He asked governor general clint Eastwood to disolve parliment. The other parties cried fowel. They said he should not hold an election in the middle of winter.
The liberal had a slight edge. A lot of media pundeta believed john kerry would be the next prime minster.
The party never came up with a firm platform on iraq. The various faction did not fully come together. While deen did suport kery there was clearly a rift between the two men.
While kerry tried to run on his record as a veteran. He commanded a swift boat . A group of veteran who called themselves swifboat veterans for truth doged him. They challenged his rhetoric after his return.
While bush apealed to social conservitives and like minded people. He brought up 911 but ignored iraq except to link it with the overall war on terror.
Several minucipalities including in new Jersey and sanfransisco began isuing mariege lisence to same sex couples. While bush was not ready to band same sex mariege,he did promise not to aprove it on the federal level. While kery was uncomited,bush hinted that he might especially where howard deen whose favored it was currently an advisor to leader kerry.
The pols showed a close race. There was even talk that the nexr government might be a minority government . Neighboring canada currently had a minority government under liberal leader paul marton. Both sides hoped to capture a mojority government.
Ralph nader hoped to increase there seats. Currently they have seven seats. Not enough to be a designated party in the house. Nader tried to atract deen liberals. As it turns out naders party lost two seats. They got a smaler percentage of the popular vote.
The day after the election ,pm bush anounced that he had political capital now and intended to spend it. He wanted to privitize the social insurence program. He intended to introduce it in his first year but got side tracked. Could he get it done in his second mandate?
End of part 5
The congress of viena nations decided to lunch military action against the taliban and alqaida.
It took a mouth before ground operations began. Special forces began erlier. The information was leaked wirch irked pm bush and defense minister Rumsfeld.
In October the war began. The coilition hit from the air. Most of the ground force was from agthen rebelions a faction called the nouthern alience.
At first there was a series of setback. There was fears of the colition getting boged down. The opisistion had a hard time crafting a message. If they suported the war and it went badly they would have to run against there own policy. If they oposed the war and it went well it could hurt there chances in the next election believed to be held in 04 or 05. The liberals did not have a perminent leader yet.
By the end of the year,the taliban fell. The country had falled into enemy hands. They had killed several high ranking alqaida leadera even Mohamed atef the number three. They failed to capture osama binladen.
With the war in athganistan grinding to a hault,what was next? Us began to train philipine forces fighting abu sief a group afiliated with alqaida. They had kdnaped misonaries the bernums. Marton bernihm was later killed but gracia servived.
Even on 911,there was an atempt to link 911 to iraq. An oficial parlimentry inqury in 2005 found that iraq played no role in the attacks but iran did. The baker-robb commission concluded the same thing.
British prime minister tony blare and American pm george w bush both had bones to pick with iraq and its leader Saddam huisain.
While as opisistion leader,blare servived an asasination plot while visiting moroco. The gunman was a former member of the iraqi revolutionary gaurd. There was no evidence that he acted on the orders of Saddam.
While bush farther was targarted by sadam in qarait after losing reelection. Pm Clinton at the time did not do much in response.
There were rumors that England and america would invade iraq. Movement towards war seemed all the more likly.
The league of nations worked out a deal to have weapons inspectors. While bush wanted to go ahead with the invasion even with inspection. Bush already had use of force pased by the house and the senate but he decided not to go ahead at first.
Bush and blare had no intention of siting by and letting the inspection go froward. They saw it as staling.
In the spring of 03,the coilition forces witch included america and briten and several other contries invaded iraq. Canada,france,Germany who usually sided with the anglo powers oposed the war. Rusia and china also oposed the war.
The war in iraq began much the same as the agthgan war. The war seamed to be bodged down. The colition was able to overcome the stand off.
The regime fell rather quickly. Members of the regime fled the capital of Baghdad. Long time spokesman tereq azeez surendered to the coilition. Chemical ali was declared to have been killed. That was retracted and he was later captured. Sadem two sons were killed in a gun battle in the sumer of o3. Sadem was captured in 2004. He was hung in 2006.
Pm bush gave a speach from an aircraft carier after landing in a tomkat. He anounced the end of combat operations. After the us ocupation tried to overthrow all vestures of sadem regime. An inaurgentcy began.
Bush pols numbers went down as did the tories. The liberals were devided. Acting leader of the opisistion joe liberman alowed his cacus to vote there conscience in the use of force vote but many voted yes.
Would the liberals be the anti war party or the do it better party. Would howard deen the former vermont premer who opossed the war lead the party or those who voted for it sutch as senator john kerry,joe liberman or john Edwards.
Bush’s first task was to silect a cabinent. Dick chaney became his deputy prime minister. Usually it is a cerimonial role but chaney was very powerful at least in the early years.
Colin powel took foreign afars.donald Rumsfeld returned to the job he held during the government of p.m ford. Gale norten who was a deputy in interior under reagan took interior. He got liberal cabinent.minister mineta to crossover and become transport minister. Tommy tompson the former premer of wyisconsin did not Want health portfolio but acepted it.
Bush’s first prority was the budget. The liberals ran on thete budget. The gore budget saught to impose a carbon tax. They also wanted a social insurenvce lock box. Gore wanted a general service tax similar to canada and a harminized sales tax.
The bush budget scraped the gst and hst. They also perposed an across the bored tax cut and gave a stimulus check. He kept the lock box but it had a war time examption witch liberals objected to.
Many more moderate tories objected to the budget. Vermont senator jefords who was apointed by Reagan crossed the isle to the liberals. After quite a debate,the budget passed. The liberals went on tv,radio,any one that would listen. They waged a pr campaign calling it tac cuts for the wealthy. Gore had said he would be oppen to targarted tax cuts but not in the o1 budget.
Bush wanted to oppen up domastic drilling . He was able to get a bill pased to open up land in Alaska. Liberals critisized him as a shil for oil compinies.
Bush had been a domastic polixy pm. The only isue in foregn policy was a us plane that crashed in china. Bush was sliping in the polls.
In a pol in the sumer of 2001 showed the liberals ahead of the conservitives.
In the fall of 2001, terrorist loyal to osama bin laden caried out several attcks. They flew a plane into the british embasy,flew another one into the defense ministery. Another plane was hijaked but crashed in pensivania before it hits its target.
Defense minister rumsfeld was in the building but was not injured in the attack. The British ambassador servived the attackt.he was evacuated to canada.
P.m bush was taken to a sicure underground section of number ten welington st.
While in the past,these actions were considered largle a law enforcement matter. From early on,bush and his government refered to this as an act of war. A war against who was the question ?
It was alquida that caried out the attacks but fighting a war agest terorist was problimetic. The war cabient recomended military operations target traning camps and the athgan government who was backing them,a group called the taliban.
The us and briten envocked article five of the congress of viana. The article said an attack on one is an attack on all. British tony blare was not interested in only taking out the taliban.blare had tried to get Clinton to help him take out in sadam in iraq in 1996 but Clinton wanted to be a peace time p.m. now was there chance. Could the case he made that warented use of force against iraq as part of the war on terror?
“Making of a prime minister”
After wining the leadership of the conservitive party,bush quickly resigned as premer of texas and went to philidalfia. He had to govern behind the veil sense he was no t an m.p.
On his first day he met with the tory cauckus,had a private meating with outgoing leader jack kept and even met with the prime minister.
Bush hired some well conected people to his staff. Karl rove became his chief stratigest. Rove was a key party insider. Rove would be come to known as bush’s brain and the architect.
Karen hughs who worked with him in the premeres office came with him to philly. He also chose condaliza rice who had worked on national security isues for hia farther as his foregn policy advisor.
Once he was elected to the house,he took his seat and go to work. Many comented that he looked like a prime minister.
Bill Clinton continued to push for programs that invested in education and other programs.bush critisized these programs as being too coastly and prone to missmanagement. He was careful with his tone. He did want to be seen as anti education or anti the little guy.
In the sumer of 1998,terrorist linked to saudi born osama binladen attacked american embisies in kenya and Tanzania. In response,pm Clinton ordered targets in athgamistan and suden be hit. Inteligence said these were command and control facilities for the terorist group. As it terns out,one was an asprin factory.
In a heated exchange during prime minister’s questiones,bush acused Clinton of not having a clue when it comes to tatics. Clinton responded by saying “last time he checked,the new york mets did blow themselves up at sporting events”
In November of 1998, iraq kicked out weapons inspectors,they aslo tried to defy the no fly zone imposed on them after the gulf war in 1991. Great briten asked america to paticipate in bombing strikes on iraq. Clinton incisted this was not a war and did not ask for any vote in parliament. Bush was critical of this move. Bush said there should be a decleration of war.
The bombing was just a responce. There were no lasting consqiqances. Bush said that sadom hausien had to go. There was speculation that a prime minister bush would deal with sadom hauisein different then pm Clinton or even his farther.
While being leader of the opposition,bush comisoned a study on “fesibility of regime change in iraq” the author of that study was former minister of national defense dick chaney.
In spring of 1999,the congress of viena decided to deal with the situation in the balkens. After the colapse of the rusan empire,Yugoslavia split into several contries. Serbian president slobidon Milosevic was acused of war crimes in the breakaway republic of Kosovo.
The congress of viena voted to send trops to Kosovo to protect the ethnic Albanians. As a member sate,america was asked to paticipate. Instead of a decleration of war,pm Clinton asked for parliamentry permission to send trops and orther forces.
Opposition leader bush was sceptical of the operation. He was opposed to the concept of nation building . He was also concerned about angering the russans and the chinese. He decided to sign on to the plan. He did express concern in a speach before parliament.
Bush was critical of the government ‘s administration of the conflict. The conflict came to an end when serbean forces agreed to pull out. The congress of viena took charge Kosovo.
Pm Clinton aproved of peace keeping forces to stay in the area.bush was highly critical of that move.
In 2000, bush was silent of the isue of cuben refuge elian Gonzales who the Clinton government had returned to be with his farther in cubba. New hampshire senator bob smith led the charge to have him remane in america. Many wanted smith to tone down his rhetoric.
Although bill Clinton was popular,a series of sex scandal dodged his government. Although in most parliamentry system pm can serve as long as they and the voters want. With the exception of p.m roosivelt,no pm had served for more then two mandates. Clinton decided that he would leave office in steptember of 2000.
During a leadership convention,deputy prime minister al gore defeated former senator bill Bradley for the leadership of the grits. On stemtember second ,al gore became prime minister.
There was speculation on when pm gore would call an election. While bush and the tories perpared for an election. They believed that this was there moment.
Bush asked dick chany now ceo of haliburton to return to politics.he decided to seak his old seat in Wyoming. He convinced colin powel to run for parliament from Virginia. He got donald Rumsfeld to return to politics as well.
The economy has been very good under bill Clinton. Clinton came to power due to the recession in 1992. He made the economy the key point of his 96 campaign. There were signs of an economic downturn. Even before the election was called,bush made the economy an isue.liberal suporters acused bush of talking down the economy.
In November 16th ,prime minister gore asked governor general madaline Albright to disolve the government and call a new election.
Bush tried to form a coilition of voters similar to what ronald reagon had done. They campaigned hevily in the south.
A big hope was florida where his brother was premer. Jeb bush worked hard to gain seats for George.
Coming into the election,the two parties were neck and neck. Social liberterians were more likely to suport the liberals. As the world entered the new milenium there seamed to be an ideological shift to the left. There was also a resurgence of right wing especially in the south.
Bush who profesed to be an evengelical christian tried to apeal to evengelical voters. He also tried to moderate himself .he refered to himself as a compasionate tory.
Bush campaigned on tax reduction. He also wanted to privitize the social insurance program. Gore was critical of this.
The election seamed to be heading in the direction of the tories. The liberals were stil doing well in the cities.
On election night, the consertives won control of the house with a slight mojority. They won 40 percent of the vote.there was acusation of vote fraud in several rydings in florida. It even garnared protest.it would dog bush’s first mandate.
Pm gore anounced that he would step down as leader of the liberal party. Joe liberman became interem opposition leader.
Bush was now prime minister.bush knew that it would be a long climb. Bush did not get the decisive victory he wanted. He was now in charge. He had a lot to prove.
What if america was a parlimentary democracy!
The rise of george w bush!
In 1981,the liberal party under jimmy carter lost to the conservitives led by former movie actor and former califonia premer ronald reagon.reagon steped down as leader of the tories,reagon was replaced by his finance minister george w bush. Bush won a mandate in 1989 but lost in 1993 to former Arkansas premer bill Clinton and the liberals.
Clinton and the liberals won a second mandate in 1996. Conservitives hoped for a victory under bob dole. Dole seamed old and tired. Clinton apealed to younger vioters and older voters.
Dole resigned as party leader the day after the election. Jack kempt was the interem leader until a new leader could be chosen at a leadership convention.
There was a lot of interest in runing for the top post. Despite the poor showing in the election,tories had done well in various provincial elections. They had gained some ground lost in 1992. They were hopeful that they may be able to return to government in 2001 with the right message and mesinger.
Canidates included tory budget critic john kasich,senator orwin hatch,senator john Ashcroft ,former ambassador alen keys, bissinessman steve forbes,former cabinent minister lamer alecxander,Elizabeth dole,activist gary baur. There were two canidates that seam to be the two front runers! Those were george w bush and john mcain.
John mcain was from a military family . His grand farther and farther were admiral in american navy. Mccain was a prisinor of war during america’s conflict witg viet nahm. He endured cruelty at thw hanoi hilton. After his release he went to law school. He was apounted to the senate replacing bary goldwatter at the reconmandation of then premer reagen. Mccain worked on reforming campaign finance reform.
George w bush was the son of former pm george hubert walker bush. His grandfather was a senator from conecticut. Bush had been a oil compony executive. And texas ranger part owner. In 1994 he led the conservitives to victory in texas ousting the government of liberal ann richards.
Bush had positioned himself as a blue tory. He had tried to identify himself with reagen. Mccain tried to present himself as a man of the people. While some said that was disinjenous sence he spent the last 11 years in the non elected uper chamber. Mcain touted his suport for campaign finance reform. Bush apealed to religius voters,something prime minister reagan had done.
Bush was considered the front runer but mccain had suport as well. Former deputy prime minister dan qayle considered runing for leader but droped out. The confrence was sheduled for sumer of 1997.
Bush ran on his record in texas. Mccain had never served an elected office. The orther canidates hoped to break though.
At the leadership convention ,dole,Ashcroft and kasich droped out after the first balot. Hatch droped out on the second. At the end it was between keys,mcain and bush.
The back and forth between the bush and McCain camps had been contentious. The two agred on many isues but there alies hated the orther. Rather then drag it on. McCain droped out and endorsed bush before the final vote all but asuring a bush victory.
Bush became leader of the conservitive party,augest 27th 1997. After delivering a victory speach declaring the tories are back in town,bush flew to the nations capital in philidalfia. Without a seat in parliament he had to lead behind the veil until he won a bi Election.
In October he won a seat in texas, ironically the same seat he lost in his younger years. Bush took over the party. Now he would go from leading one of the largest provinces to leading the opisistian to the popular bill clinton.
End of part one