President Charles Lindbergh during World War II?

Herbert Hoover is assassinated by Argentinian anarchists in December 1928. The RNC rejects a Dawes nomination, while Lowden declines to be nominated. Coolidge therefore reluctantly accepts a third term, with VP Dawes replaced by Curtis. As a protectionist, Coolidge undoubtedly signs 1930 Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act. If anything, Coolidge is far more inept than Hoover, refusing to sign off on the Hoover Moratorium (Hitler gets elected President of Germany in 1932 as a result), vetoing TERA, RFC, Glass-Steagall, federal home bank loans, and Emergency Relief and Construction in turn.

Roosevelt loses the 1928 NY state election to Ottinger, so in 1932, the Democrats nominate a reactionary, e.g. Senator James A. Reed or Governor William H. Murray after a prolonged convention deadlock. Although he wins against a discredited Curtis in November, he replaces Coolidge's 'do-nothing' with slashing spending and tax hikes, disastrously deflating the USD. There is virtually no New Deal, with any liberal/progressive measures passed by Congress either vetoed by Reed/Murray or struck down by the increasingly conservative Supreme Court.

With the Republicans taking back control of both chambers of Congress in 1934, the Farmer-Labor Party under Governor Floyd B. Olson of insurgent western progressives and the Social Justice Party under Senator Huey Long of liberals, trade unionists and socialists and 'people's front' communists are set up to challenge him from the left. Although Reed/Murray manage to narrowly survive a primary challenge due to a disunified opposition and federal patronage, the left-leaning vote ends up so split that the GOP prevails in a landslide in 1936.

The GOP, having engaged in a period of soul-searching since 1932, decide to nominate a progressive in 1936, Senator William E. Borah. Borah decides to appease the Right by naming a conservative as his running mate, Governor Charles A. Lindbergh of New Jersey. With a 1860/1912-style split in 1936, the ticket wins in a landslide. Borah dies a few years early during the lame-duck period, and after a failed attempt to nominate Senator Hiram W. Johnson for President, the GOP decides to settle with Lindbergh.

Olson dies after the election, leading to the now-leaderless Farmer-Laborites fusing together with the Longites to form a 'Populist Party'. With the left-leaning vote now split beyond repair, Lindbergh sails through his Presidency, with stable GOP majorities in both houses of Congress. Despite winning a minority of the popular vote in 1940, Long's Populist Party presidential candidacy, as well as the rudderless Democrats(now entirely shorn of its own left-wing) nominating yet another colourless conservative as their candidate, e.g. Governor Eugene Talmadge, Hearst and Raskob's preferred Democratic candidate in 1936, Lindbergh is re-elected as President, albeit by a much narrower Electoral College margin than Borah's.
 
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Lindbergh's views on foreign policy are famous enough. But how would he have conducted domestic policy?

Although ostensibly a Republican, his family had been Progressive "Bull Moosers" in 1912.
 
The importance of the New Deal in ending the Great Depression is being exaggerated.
When Roosevelt cut back on spending, the economy crashed. The importance of the New Deal can't be exaggerated - it was literally the only alternative besides killing the whole economy and starting from scratch (as Mellon proposed).
 
When Roosevelt cut back on spending, the economy crashed. The importance of the New Deal can't be exaggerated - it was literally the only alternative besides killing the whole economy and starting from scratch (as Mellon proposed).
Famously anti-Keynesian Australian PM Joseph Lyons managed to produce a recovery with conservative economic policies.
 
The James Scullin Labor Government had just assumed power with the commencement of the Scullin Ministry on 22 October following the 1929 federal election, however just a couple of days later, "Black Thursday" would mark the start of the Wall Street Crash of 1929 and the subsequent global onset of the Great Depression. From the outset the government was buffeted by the effects of the global economic crisis. With the government unable to implement the deflationary Premiers' Plan, Labor had split by 1931 over how to deal with the crisis, with Treasurer Ted Theodore failing to implement his Keynesian inflationary plans, and New South Wales Premier Jack Lang losing office over his plans to boost the budget through a temporary cessation of interest repayments on debts to Britain and that interest on all government borrowings be reduced by 3% to free up money for injection into the economy. Labor defector Joseph Lyons helped to form the United Australia Party through the ending of the Nationalist Party of Australia and succeeded Scullin as Prime Minister of Australia from the 1931 federal election until his death in 1939.

Thus Australia, unlike the United States, did not embark on a significant Keynesian program of spending to recover from the Depression. Nevertheless, the Australian recovery began around 1932. Australians took consolation from sporting achievements through the Depression, with cricketer Don Bradman and race horse Phar Lap achieving long-lasting fame.
 
Famously anti-Keynesian Australian PM Joseph Lyons managed to produce a recovery with conservative economic policies.
And? When Lyons took over, Australia was already beginning to recover. When Brüning tried to fight the Depression by deflationary politics, the economy tanked even harder.
 
And? When Lyons took over, Australia was already beginning to recover. When Brüning tried to fight the Depression by deflationary politics, the economy tanked even harder.
1931-1932 was the absolute nadir of the Great Depression in Australia as well as all across the world, yet it still doesn't explain why Baldwin and Lyons were able to both produce quite impressive economic recoveries.
 
1931-1932 was the absolute nadir of the Great Depression in Australia as well as all across the world, yet it still doesn't explain why Baldwin and Lyons were able to both produce quite impressive economic recoveries.
Baldwin didn't produce anything, the UK just wasn't hit as hard as most of the world, because the Conservatives had already stagnated the economy on a low level - if you aren't that high, you won't fall down as much. Lyon didn't produce anything either, it can be very well argued that he slowed the Australian recovery.
 
Baldwin didn't produce anything, the UK just wasn't hit as hard as most of the world, because the Conservatives had already stagnated the economy on a low level - if you aren't that high, you won't fall down as much. Lyon didn't produce anything either, it can be very well argued that he slowed the Australian recovery.
The devaluation of the Australian pound, abandonment of the Gold Standard, recovery of major trading partners like the United Kingdom and public works projects instituted by State and local governments led to a slow recovery. Unemployment, which peaked at 32% in 1932, was 11% at the start of the Second World War compared to 17.2% in the United States.

If Lyons of all people could have achieved this, a Republican POTUS could have done even better than this.
 
No lend and lease he would demand hard cash only, and soviets ain't going to receive jack shit. Would he still embargo the japanese?
 
The GOP, having engaged in a period of soul-searching since 1932, decide to nominate a progressive in 1936, Senator William E. Borah. Borah decides to appease the Right by naming a conservative as his running mate, Governor Charles A. Lindbergh of New Jersey.

Lindbergh would not be 35 by Inauguration Day, (January 20, 1937) and would therefore be consitutionally ineligible for the vice-presidency.
 
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No lend and lease he would demand hard cash only, and soviets ain't going to receive jack shit. Would he still embargo the japanese?
Lindbergh's stance on foreign aid was relatively nuanced:
"Other anti-interventionists supported the continued flow of war goods to Britain. General Wood sought to rush steel and remove bottlenecks on planes. Colonel McCormick wanted Britain to have whatever it required, though he did not think it needed anything. Charles A. Lindbergh, far more cautious, favored continuing current aid to Britain but stressed the need for negotiated peace; hence, such assistance should neither be increased nor continued indefinitely." Justus D. Doenecke, *Storm on the Horizon: The Challenge to American Intervention, 1939-1941,* pp. 170-1. https://books.google.com/books?id=XYFTZYJTyGAC&pg=PA170
Lindbergh would not be 35 by Inaugurattion Day, (January 20, 1937) and would therefore be consitutionally ineligible for the vice-presidency.
I don't know about Murray, but James A. Reed was known to be a traditionalist for the Senate's rules. Had insisted as President that the inauguration date should remain at 4th March, Lindbergh would have been constitutionally eligible to become President on 4 March 1937.
 
Famously anti-Keynesian Australian PM Joseph Lyons managed to produce a recovery with conservative economic policies.
Canadian Prime Minister Bennett proved capable with a more pro business mindset. The depression was still bad, but not unbearable, more like the 79-82, recession in our time.
 
Canadian Prime Minister Bennett proved capable with a more pro business mindset. The depression was still bad, but not unbearable, more like the 79-82, recession in our time.
Lindbergh was IIRC fairly progressive, so he could have been credited with the economic recovery from a disastrous Conservative Democratic adminstration, which would have certainly ensured his re-election.
 
I don't know about Murray, but James A. Reed was known to be a traditionalist for the Senate's rules. Had insisted as President that the inauguration date should remain at 4th March, Lindbergh would have been constitutionally eligible to become President on 4 March 1937.

He can't "insist." The new date is mandated by the 20th Amendment: "The terms of the President and the Vice President shall end at noon on the 20th day of January,.."
 
He can't "insist." The new date is mandated by the 20th Amendment: "The terms of the President and the Vice President shall end at noon on the 20th day of January,.."
Is there a plausible way to prevent the passage of the 20th Amendment? Maybe President Coolidge publicly coming out in opposition to the Amendment?
 
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