MALAISE 1974-1980. EUGENIA LANGAN MATER ACADEMY CHARTER HIGH SCHOOL HIALEAH GARDENS, FLORIDA ( TALKING HEADS, "THE BIG COUNTRY"). ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS: TODAY WHY MALAISE? WHAT LED TO THE CONSERVATIVE REVOLUTION OF 1980? LONG-RANGE
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MATER ACADEMY CHARTER HIGH SCHOOL
HIALEAH GARDENS, FLORIDA
(TALKING HEADS, "THE BIG COUNTRY")
Nixon in peking with our pal mao and in moscow with our pal leonidbrezhnev
NIXON STARTED OUT IN MILTON FRIEDMAN SCHOOL, BECAME “KEYNESIAN” BIG SPENDER. $23.3 BILLION BUDGET – BUT TAX CUTS, LOWER INTEREST RATES, WAGE FREEZES, COLAS, “STOCKPILING DEMAND” BEGINNING OF STAGFLATION, TRADE DEFICIT
CREEP (COMMITTEE TO RE-ELECT THE PRESIDENT) OPERATIVES BREAK INTO DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE HQ JUNE 17, 1982
MARK “DEEP THROAT” FELD
G. GORDON LIDDY
ATTORNEY GENERAL JOHN MITCHELL WITH HIS CHATTY WIFE, MARTHA
ALL THREE MEN WENT TO PRISON
SEPTEMBER 1972: INDICTMENTS OF BURGLARS, CREEP – ALL OVER MEDIA THAT ATTORNEY GENERAL JOHN MITCHELL INVOLVED (SLUSH FUND)
“THERE IS A CANCER ON THE PRESIDENCY”
IN TRIAL OF BURGLARS, JUDGE JOHN SIRICA SUBPOENAED WHITE HOUSE TAPES – NIXON REFUSED
JUDGE JOHN SIRICA AKA “MAXIMUM BOB” – NO SLACK FOR CRIMINALS IN HIS COURTROOM!
UNITED STATES V. NIXON, 1974. BURGER COURT! SUPREME COURT REJECTED NIXON’S CLAM OF “EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE” NIXON HAD TO TURN OVER TAPES,
NIXON’S SECRETARY ROSE MARIE WOODS DEMONSTRATES HOW SHE COULD HAVE ERASED PART OF TAPE ACCIDENTALLY
WHY DID THE PUBLIC TURN ON NIXON? NOTE THAT HIS POPULARITY BEGAN TO WANE RIGHT AFTER THE VIETNAM ACCORD
“After years of bitter controversy and divisive national debate, I have been advised, and I am compelled to conclude that many months and perhaps more years will have to pass before Richard Nixon could obtain a fair trial by jury in any jurisdiction of the United States under governing decisions of the Supreme Court.
During this long period of delay and potential litigation, ugly passions would again be aroused. And our people would again be polarized in their opinions. And the credibility of our free institutions of government would again be challenged at home and abroad.”
REAL WAGES PEAKED IN 1974 AND DECLINED UNTIL 1982 – NOTE THEY HAVE NEVER RETURNED TO '74 LEVEL
REMEMBER THIS CHART? % 0F NATIONAL WEALTH HELD BY TOP 1% WEALTHIEST INDIVIDUALS: NOTE THE TREND SINCE MID-1970s. TODAY TOP 10% HOLD 75%, TOP 1% HOLD 40.4 (DUE TO BUSH TAX CUTS, GREAT RECESSION OF 2007 AND BANK/ CORPORATE BAILOUTS)
OIL PRICES -- WHEN THEY GO UP SO DO THE PRICES OF ALMOST ALL OTHER GOODS (ALL THAT MUST BE TRANSPORTED!)
1973 – OPEC OIL EMBARGO
1979 – OIL CRISIS DUE TO IRANIAN REVOLUTION
OVER DECADES from 1970s – GDP FLAT AND MODEST. FLAT GDP + HIGH INFLATION = "STAGFLATION"
DECLINE OF SKILLED INDUSTRIAL JOBS – DUE TO DECLINE OF SOME INDUSTRIES IN U.S. AND TO TECHNOLOGY
"WHIP INFLATION NOW" – FORD DECLARED INFLATION "PUBLIC ENEMY NUMBER ONE" – AND ENCOURAGED THE PUBLIC TO FIX IT! = A FAILURE
"STUPID IDEA" ACCORDING TO ALAN GREENSPAN
April 30, 1975
U.S. EVACUATES SAIGON EMBASSY – THROUGH THE ROOF INTO HELICOPTERS WITH NORTH VIETNAM ARMY AT THE GATE!
1976: JIMMY CARTER AND WALTER MONDALE (ONLY 50.1% OF POPULAR VOTE)
CARTER'S MAIN QUALIFICATION: NOT A WASHINGTON INSIDER (GEORGIA GOVERNOR, PEANUNT FARMER AND NUCLEAR ENGINEER)
Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA) -- superfund
1979: “THE MALAISE SPEECH” – phd 29-9. american identity! Carter said nation was strong militarily and economically, but a major threat was:
“In a nation that was proud of hard work, strong families, close-knit communities, and our faith in God, too many of us now tend to worship self-indulgence and consumption. Human identity is no longer defined by what one does, but by what one owns. But we've discovered that owning things and consuming things does not satisfy our longing for meaning.”
Illegal drugs, especially marijuana, remained very popular AND MOSTLY TOLERATED in the 1970s (ACROSS AGE AND SOCIAL LINE) BUT BY END OF DECADE MORE AMERICANS (≈ 70% TOLD POLLSTERS THAT DRUGS WERE A PROBLEM IN SOCIETY
PAST DRUG USE, YOUNG ADULTS 18-25, 1974 – 1993 (WHAT PEOPLE WILL ADMIT!)
Election of 1980: ronaldreagan, georgeh.w. bush, 50.7% of popular vote, carter/ mondale 41%
IDENTIFY AND ANALYZE THE POLITICAL, SOCIAL, ECONOMIC AND DEMOGRAPHIC, FACTORS LEADING TO THE "CONSERVATIVE REVOLUTION" OF 1980.
GO TO THE BOARD AND WRITE THE REASONS!
Dancing very popular (compare great depression)
The bee gees – "stayin' alive," "more than a woman"
Thelma houston, "don't leave me this waY"
“BORN TO RUN”
LISTEN TO LYRICS – THEY’RE GLOOMY, REFLECT MALAISE OF THE PERIOD
MOST POPULAR EVEN THOUGH THEY ARE UNORIGINAL AND SUCK
“TAKE IT TO THE LIMIT”