Rockefeller Republicanism

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"Those of us who shout the loudest about Americanism, are all too frequently those who ... ignore some of the basic principles of Americanism-the right to criticize, the right to hold unpopular beliefs, the right to protest, the right of independent thought."

Rockefeller Republicanism is an ideology stemming from a subgroup of the US Republican Party in the 1930s-1970s that held more moderate and liberal views on domestic issues than the rest of the party, similar to those of Nelson Rockefeller, former Governor of New York (1959-1973) and Vice President (1974-1977).

History

Thomas Dewey, the Governor of New York from 1943 to 1954 and the Republican presidential nominee in 1944 and 1948, was the leader of the moderate-wing of the Republican Party throughout the 1940s and early 1950s, battling more conservative Republicans led by Senator Robert A. Taft of Ohio. With the help of Dewey, World War II General Dwight D. Eisenhower became the nominee for the election of 1952 as well as became the leader of the moderates. After Eisenhower, Nelson Rockefeller, the Governor of New York, emerged as the leader of the moderate-wing of the Republican Party, trying to run for President in 1960, 1964 and 1968, but ultimately lost to Richard Nixon, Barry Goldwater and once again to Nixon, respectively.

In domestic policy, RockReps were typically moderate to center-right economically, however they strongly rejected conservatives like Goldwater and some of their laissez-faire economic policies while holding beliefs in social policies that were often culturally liberal. They preferred the social security network and the continuation of Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal programs but sought to run them more efficiently than Democrats.

Despite all that, RockReps opposed Socialism and government ownership and were strong supporters of big business and Wall Street, although they supported some regulation on businesses. But instead of tightening business regulation, they advocated the development of a mutually beneficial relationship between public interests and the private enterprise. They supported both public and private investments in the environment, healthcare and higher education as essentials for a better society and economic growth in the Rockefeller tradition. They were strong supporters of public colleges, trade schools and universities with low tuition and large research budgets, and preferred to invest in infrastructure such as highways.

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Flag of Rockefeller Republicanism
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  2. Fill the top half with red and the bottom half with white.
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Relations

Friends

Frenemies

  • Neoconservatism - "In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together." Just ignore that I greatly expanded the MIC through my many coup d'etat's in the third world and increased CIA's influence.
  • Pink Capitalism - You're a more extreme, libertarian version of me, you are also a little too, uhhhh... Let's say "woke".
  • Neoliberalism - You're a bit more economically liberal than me, but we're socially similar.
  • Keynesian School - Please stop making the money printer go BRRRRRRRR, it's not a toy!
  • Corporatocracy - Don't get too excited or I'll regulate ya.
  • Social Liberalism - Just because I'm a liberal doesn't mean that I'm a democrat, you know that. Also I was going lose in '36 anyway.
  • Conservatism - Economically wise, but a bit of progressivism won't hurt anybody. How's '76 election going without me as your VP, Gerald?
  • Paternalistic Conservatism - While I am a bit regulatory, I don't go crazy.
  • Progressive Conservatism - ...maybe?
  • Market Socialism - Moderatism is pretty cool and coops aren’t the worst, but can you calm down on the whole socialism thing?
  • Right-Wing Populism - Listen, Ike liked The People too but you need to tone down, I don't mind if I had to work with Liberals to keep America great. Also, I'm not a lizard.

Enemies

  • Paleoconservatism - Racist isolationist
  • Libertarian Conservatism - You're full of crap, Barry.
  • Kleptocracy - Damn you, Nixon and Agnew! At least we replaced you for about two years, so that's something.
  • Trumpism - YOU TURNED THE REPUBLICAN PARTY INTO A JOKE!!!
  • Socialism - Just because I care about education and healthcare doesn't mean I like you. Stay away from me, idiot!
  • Conservative Socialism - Socialism but worse.
  • Democratic Socialism - You again? What do you want from me?
  • Marxism–Leninism - Shoo, you un-American commie!
  • McCarthyism - Look, I hate commies too, but you were nothing more than an crazy nutjob who mostly just targeted a bunch of innocent people.
  • Nazism - We defeated you in WWII.
  • Progressivism - I supported civil rights, but you're still a dirty hippie.
  • Plutocracy - Okay, technically I am a Rockefeller family descendant, but you're crazy!
  • Mansonism - YOU TRIED TO KILL ME!

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  1. Despite being an anti-communist himself, he didn't engage in red-baiting and argued against outlawing the Communist Party of the United States of America
  2. Powell later expressed regret over his actions as Secretary of State, and criticized neoconservatives.