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Useful Notes applying to the current decade.

Politics

North America

  • In the United States, President Barack Obama found himself into an increasing political polarization, a series of divisions between moderates and radicals from both the Republican and Democratic parties marking the formation of fringe groups:
    • The left saw the rise of the Occupy movement known mostly for their fiery opposition to Wall Street and the increasing power of big corporations over government and their... use of corporate products while protesting. Although, to be fair, Occupy never explicitly called for the dissolution of all corporations, merely that they shouldn't have unfettered access to political influence, which surged in 2011 as protests began near the aforementioned Wall Street area and spread to cities across the nation. and though the protests died down and their methods have been criticized by many, the "OWS" rallies also fueled an unabashedly left-wing faction in the Democratic Party, with Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders becoming the face of the "Social Democrats", "Democratic Socialists" and Radical Progressives, opposed to the "Clinton Democrats" support of fiscally centre-right free market. In 2016, self-proclaimed socialist Bernie Sanders announced his candidacy for the Democratic ticket, becoming a surprise opponent to Hillary Clinton, who after VP Joe Biden's refusal to run pretty much left her as the prohibitive favorite. As a result, the 2016 Dem platform became more seemly but markedly left-wing on economic and social issues as Clinton rushed to court voters from Sanders.
    • The 2010 midterm election saw the unexpected ascendance of hardline Republican congressmen dubbed as the "Tea Party", championing isolationism, states' rights, conservatism and an all-out opposition towards Obamacare, gun control, and multiculturalism, feuding with anyone that didn't see Obama or the Democrats as a threat. Their pushing of the SOPA and PIPA copyright bills and intervention in Mitt Romney's campaign (such as his criticism of the EU in the eve of the London Olympics or his infamous "47 percent" speech) in 2012 and their role in deadlocking agreements on the fiscal cliff in 2013 Republican congressmen filibustered Obama's healthcare bill, leading to a 17-day government shutdown in October ended up dividing the GOP, as its image fell to unforeseen levels, much like Congress itself, whose approval ratings by then reached five percent.
    • If the 2016 general election could be defined by one word, that'd be mudslinging: Both Trump and Clinton attacked mutually at every possible turn (the real estate mogul said the former Secretary of State should be in jail instead of the Oval Office, and the NY Senator claiming that Trump didn't have the temper to guide the nation), giving voters a bad perception with both, something exacerbated with the profusion of heavily-fictionalized news aimed to defame either candidate, if not outright libel Clinton never had an affair with Yoko Ono, and there's no proof conservatives have lower IQs. The campaign trail was also marked by the candidates' faux pas: Trump got entangled in tweetstorms against the the parents of a fallen Muslim-American soldier after they appeared at the DNC, and later with Venezuelan beauty queen Alicia Machado after Clinton mentioned her in the first debate, as well as suspicions about his business ties given his reluctance to show his tax returns (He actually avoided paying them for around 18 years after recording huge losses in 1995) and the leaking of a raunchy "hot mic" recording made in 2005 that led to a temporal estrangement between him and the GOP, which saw its Congress majority jeopardized after the incident, which seemed like it would end Trump's chances for good. Meanwhile Clinton was dogged by an FBI investigation into her use of an unauthorized private email server (with most of them reviewed, there hasn't been any incriminatory material yet), as well by some WikiLeaks revelations that she had "two positions" on matters: One to tell the public and one for private matters, fueling long-held suspicions that she was untrustworthy. This was also coupled with the investigation itself, which many critics attacked as being a "sweetheart" investigation because many of the actors were granted immunity without providing much in return, data was allowed to be destroyed, and Attorney General Loretta Lynch having a secret meeting with Bill Clinton, who was also under investigation, during the investigation. There were later concerns about her fitness for the office after "blacking out" at a 9/11 memorial ceremony, a few days after she called Trump supporters "a basket of deplorables".
      • Thier own supporters aren't clearly helping their image either since primaries are over with Hillary and Trump elected and presidential election season begins quickly, with both them for being exposed as intoxicated, stereotypical, ignorant, fearmongers, violent morons who when a person don't support their ([un]ironically) delusional beliefs like their candidates.
      • The 2016 campaign has also been noted for third-party candidates stepping into the spotlight for few months since July, But not necessarily for the right reasons: Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein made limited to med-sized inroads as only better alternatives to the very unpopular main candidates, only to have blunders of their own (Johnson became noted for his cluelessness regarding foreign policy, not to worst as Trump as personality but realistically bad in general, while Stein became criticized for her allegedly opposition to vaccination, a spoiler candidate by staunch Democrat loyal members and paranoiac voters (despite Gary is clearly spoiler candidate than Jill judging by polls and still sign say they still blaming Green Party for their failures since Ralph unintentionally somehow spoiled their chances of winning 2000 presidential election)). Nevertheless, independent conservative Evan McMullin led a campaign that briefly made the Trump camp nervous about Utah, Idaho, and Nevada.
        • Regards of how third party voters were being bullied by paranoiac supporters from Hillary and Trump camps with even accused the traditional mainstream media of being the biggest problem for not helping them at all by rebellious Third party voters for purposely promoting false information, fearmongering via that proclaiming they are spoiling Hillary for Trump's win (even majority them are clearly hating him too and want him to be spoiled his win instead) about their candidates and given McMullin a free pass just because he both Independent, Conservative and establishment's alternative to Trump.
          • However, Majority of people who survived all that and keep their promise of vote them to election day, Vote and resulted in spoiled Trump chances becoming as President [but despite Electoral College still elected him anyway] as seen popular vote results with by combined mostly all them as between from 6 to 9 million votes.
  • In Canada, the Conservative Party, led by Stephen Harper, won a majority government in the 2011 election, after years of minority governments. While leading to a continuation of Harper's centre-right policies, the election also saw the dramatic rise of the once-perpetual third-string New Democratic Party led by the late Jack Layton. It also saw the collapse of the Bloc Québécois, a party that promotes Quebec sovereignty, which was reduced to a record-low four seats, not even enough for official party status. The centrist Liberal Party was demoted to third party rump for the first time in their history, prompting the election of center-left moderate Justin Trudeau (son of former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau) as party leader and succeeds getting party back to be returning it's former historical position to beat Harper. Finally, a Green Party candidate (Elizabeth May) was elected for the first time ever. After Mr. Layton's death, the similarly center-left Thomas Mulcair was picked to head the NDP, becoming Leader of the Opposition as a result.
    • Eventually, Stephen Harper's ideologically driven policies, ranging from the unnecessary to the nonsensical, and his haughty attitude imposing them created so much resentment and hatred of his government that the 2015 election was obviously going to be an uphill battle for him. To head that off, and in hoping to finish off the Liberal Party for good, Harper had its new leader, Justin Trudeau, the son of the iconic PM Pierre Trudeau, lambasted continually in a long Scare Campaign as a worthless lightweight. Unfortunately, that campaign backfired with Mr. Trudeau given some very low hurdles to impress the public with his articulate intelligence and irresistible charm pushing a very left-wing platform promising to end years of austerity. When Mr. Harper stooped to scapegoating the minuscule number of women who wear the niqab face covering as a wedge issue, complemented with the obviously xenophobic "Barbaric Cultural Practices" tipline proposal, the Conservatives found that it hurt the competing NDP more with the "Kick Harper Out" vote coalescing around the Liberals instead. Come election day, the Liberals leaped from third place to first with a majority government with Justin promising "Sunny Days" to restore as much of the Canada of his father as he can.
    • Let's elaborate on the issue of Quebec separatism (but mostly with Pro-Independence part) has become even more irrelevant but Quebec nationalism mostly isn't as of 2018. In control of Quebec via a minority government in 2014, the Parti decided to throw a Hail Mary by introducing a "Charter of Quebec Values," which would (among other things) force public employees to remove religiously significant clothing and symbols to encourage a "secular" society (even though Quebec is already secular to begin with). This ignores the large crucifix that hangs in the provincial parliament, mind you. Now, the idea was apparently meant to rally Quebecers around a French Canadian identity, since the removal of religious symbolism would be portrayed as passive-aggressive pseudo-civil disobedience towards the federal government. The Parti Quebecois hoped to manipulate this sentiment into nationalist anger when the federal government inevitably challenged the charter's constitutionality in court. Although religious minorities and human rights sympathizers condemned the move, there was enough public support for the idea that the minority government called an election in the hopes of winning a majority. However, the Parti Quebecois' campaign went off the rails within a week of the campaign's start; their star candidate declared that he wanted to fully separate Quebec from the rest of Canada should he get elected, and the Bloc fully embraced that position. Predictably, most of the electorate, especially the youth, balked at the idea of revisiting the inevitable turmoil of a third independence referendum, and the party's support fell apart overnight. As a result, the federalist Liberal Party won a solid majority, dealing what could well be a fatal blow to the Parti Quebecois. Separatism of any kind will more than likely be treated as political poison from here on out. For instance, the separatists have proven so desperate that the next leader of the Parti Quebecois was the very man who torpedoed their last election, while the federal Bloc Quebecois has shriveled so badly that the very leader, Giles Duceppe, who led the party to that state of ruin, and resigned for that, was reappointed leader of the remains because there was no one else. In the 2015 federal election, the BQ more than doubled its seats from 4 to 10, but it was not enough for official party status and Duceppe himself was defeated, leading him to resign the next day. As a result, the separatist federal voice is still crippled with Quebec separatists desperately clutching at straws like the Nostalgia Filter of their 1995 referendum defeat to try to drum up any new support for their cause.
      • In 2018 election however, first time in province's history that province's only politically center-right, Pro-Autonomist but Quebec nationalist party Coalition Avenir Québec have massively perform well than it did in last two general elections within decade where Liberal Party and Parti Quebecois loss seats (which cause latter lost its Official Party status for the first time by having 10 seats, which in Quebec definition must have 12 seats to keep their status) and Québec solidaire (which is further left and little more radical on Quebec independence than Parti Quebecois) has also make few gains from former Liberal and Parti Quebecois districts. This resulted officially but majorly ended the interest of making Quebec into Independent nation but instead replaced with an interest of making Quebec more politically Independent within Canada as Autonomous province which that could be similar to United Kingdom's devolution.
    • On a lesser note, in the province of Ontario, Premier Kathleen Wynne managed to not only win an general election for her party beset with scandal and unpopular policies, but she became the first openly gay leader of a major government in an English speaking country. More importantly, although her Ontario Liberal party was beset with controversies and scandal while facing a troubled economy, Ms. Wynne's sexual orientation was a complete non-issue in the election campaign. That in itself became a retrospective point of pride for Ontarians to do what would have been unthinkable twenty years before. Ironically, it did become an issue when this new majority government reintroduced its new sex-ed curriculum for the public schools that previously got shot down by religious groups who spooked the previous premier. When they tried to kill it again, one MPP in the opposition snarked that Premier Wynne is especially unfit to dictate such educational policy. The premier asked him point-blank why she: a mother, a former school board trustee and the former Education Minister, was not qualified to update this material; he could not answer considering he would be forced to state that it's because she's a lesbian, a statement that would have been political suicide.
      • Wynne's past successes have soured by 2018, as provincial polling in Ontario indicates that her government is headed for a historic Curb-Stomp Battle after the Liberals have held power since 2003. In no small part, this largely appears to be due to a ballooning budget deficit, whereby Ontario is now the most heavily indebted sub-sovereign jurisdiction in the world, not to mention cutbacks to essential services, skyrocketing costs for electricity, and the abrupt selling-off of the province's power distribution system (Hydro One) when Liberals are generally considered left-leaning by the public and not generally in favour of free-market privatization. Time will tell whether the Liberals' poor position in public opinion either remains the same, gets worse, or rebounds before the provincial election arrives in June 2018.
        • In election day, however, they did even, worse than they previously thought as they lost not just control majority over 15 years of power but also now lost their Official Party status for first time in their Party's history and one of few in country province's political history ever since Canada has been formed. As Progressive Conservatives now gain absolute Majority while New Democrats and first time Greens gains new seats from former Liberal districts over these issues from above cause their collapse.
    • Alberta politics was turned on its head in May 2015 when the Alberta Progressive Conservatives, who had reigned uninterrupted since The '70s, went down to defeat due to accumulated arrogance and mismanagement. You would think that their replacement would be the Wildrose Party, which had been formed by conservatives disillusioned with the centrist drift of the PC government — but you'd be wrong, since the party that won a majority government in response was the only left-of-centre Alberta NDP under new premier Rachel Notley, going from four MLAs before the election to more than fifty out of the 87-strong legislature. Bear in mind that Alberta is generally considered Canada's most right-wing province, and with good reason. The shock of the Alberta NDP's victory boosted the federal NDP back to the top of the polls nationwide, which turned out to be a Hope Spot until Justin Trudeau came along and turned the late 2015 federal vote into a Liberal Landslide Election. The prospect of further vote-splitting leading to future Alberta NDP victories has since led the Wildrose Party and the decimated PC Party to enact an Enemy Mine, merging to become the United Conservative Party (or the UCP). And unfortunately, it pays off in the 2019 election.
      • While was happen, their two other third parties made gains during collapse was centrist Alberta Party gain first time MLA and later gain two more while floor-crossings from both two majority party members, While speaking floor-crossing an ex-member of now historical Wildrose Party and occasional member United Conservative Party Derek Fildebrandt joins Freedom Conservative Party of Alberta (a formerly Albertan separatist party turned another Pro-Canadian Albertan right-wing political party due was result of changes made every few years) as permanent member and even acting as first Interim leader over 'provincial pride'.
      • In the election, however, despite the polls and even the final results hoped the Alberta Party to may gain a seat, has been blocked by both UCP loyalists and tactical voters to ever winning them in the election.
    • Also on the provincial level, the Green Party made surprising gains in British Columbia, with their eventual three MLAs holding the balance of power in a BC NDP minority government since the 2017 provincial election. The Greens also made breakthroughs in the Maritime and then-recent one of Central provinces, electing single members in elections in New Brunswick in 2014, Prince Edward Island since 2015 and Ontario in 2018 to challenge both the local NDP and Progressive Conservatives as the alternative to the reigning provincial Liberals in recent years. In 2019 for the Prince Edward Island politics, has the Greens successfully become the Island's official opposition and a new major party, despite polls expected them to nearly winning first place, which would've to be a success for the Greens for a while.
      • In the Federal level well, They won first ever elected an MP in 2011 for their current leader, Elizabeth May, along gained a defector MP from the New Democratic Party that time to become a Green MP in 2013, until his loss in the 2015 election has deduced back to one MP. That was until they won a by-election in the same Island in British Columbia, by also from a disillusioned ex-NDP member Paul Manly, due to his views with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Along the polls are now suggesting due of their successes are has the national polls for the last months, are saying they gaining a new five to six more seats.
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