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1984 United States presidential election in Louisiana

The 1984 United States presidential election in Louisiana took place on November 6, 1984. All 50 states and the District of Columbia, were part of the 1984 United States presidential election. Louisiana voters chose 10 electors to the Electoral College, which selected the president and vice president of the United States. Louisiana was won by incumbent United States President Ronald Reagan of California, running against former Vice President Walter Mondale of Minnesota. Reagan ran for a second time with former C. I. A. Director George H. W. Bush of Texas, Mondale ran with Representative Geraldine Ferraro of New York, the first major female candidate for the vice presidency; the presidential election of 1984 was a partisan election for Louisiana, with just under 99% of the electorate voting only for either the Democratic or Republican parties, though eight parties total appeared on the ballot. Most parishes in Louisiana voted in majority for Reagan a strong turn out in this conservative-leaning state.

Notable exceptions to the trend were New Orleans's populated Orleans Parish, a conglomeration of parishes along the Mississippi River, which forms Louisiana's Democratic stronghold. Louisiana weighed in for this election as 2% more Republican than the national average; as of the 2016 presidential election, this is the last election in which St. John the Baptist Parish voted for the Republican candidate. Walter Mondale accepted the Democratic nomination for presidency after pulling narrowly ahead of Senator Gary Hart of Colorado and Rev. Jesse Jackson of Illinois - his main contenders during what would be a contentious Democratic primary. During the campaign, Mondale was vocal about reduction of government spending, and, in particular, was vocal against heightened military spending on the nuclear arms race against the Soviet Union, reaching its peak on both sides in the early 1980s. Taking a stance on the social issues of the day, Mondale advocated for gun control, the right to choose regarding abortion, opposed the repeal of laws regarding institutionalized prayer in public schools.

He criticized Reagan for his economic marginalization of the poor, stating that Reagan's reelection campaign was "a happy talk campaign," not focused on the real issues at hand. A significant political move during this election: the Democratic Party nominated Representative Geraldine Ferraro to run with Mondale as Vice-President. Ferraro is the first female candidate to receive such a nomination in United States history, she said in an interview at the 1984 Democratic National Convention that this action "opened a door which will never be closed again," speaking to the role of women in politics. By 1984, Reagan was popular with voters across the nation as the President who saw them out of the economic stagflation of the early and middle 1970s, into a period of economic stability; the economic success seen under Reagan was politically accomplished in two ways. The first was initiation of deep tax cuts for the wealthy, the second was a wide-spectrum of tax cuts for crude oil production and refinement, with the 1980 Windfall profits tax cuts.

These policies were augmented with a call for heightened military spending, the cutting of social welfare programs for the poor, the increasing of taxes on those making less than $50,000 per year. Collectively called "Reaganomics", these economic policies were established through several pieces of legislation passed between 1980 and 1987; these new tax policies arguably curbed several existing tax loopholes and exceptions, but Reaganomics is remembered for its trickle down effect of taxing poor Americans more than rich ones. Reaganomics has been criticized by many analysts as "setting the stage" for economic troubles in the United State after 2007, such as the Great Recession. Unopposed during the Republican primaries, Reagan ran on a campaign of furthering his economic policies. Reagan vowed to continue his "war on drugs," passing sweeping legislation after the 1984 election in support of mandatory minimum sentences for drug possession. Furthermore, taking a stance on the social issues of the day, Reagan opposed legislation regarding comprehension of gay marriage and environmentalism, regarding the final as being bad for business.

Reagan won the election in Louisiana with a resounding 22 point sweep-out landslide. Reagan did better in the West than in the Deep South, but still pulled well ahead of Mondale with Southern voters during the election. While Louisiana votes conservative, the election results in Louisiana are reflective of a nationwide reconsolidation of base for the Republican Party which took place through the 1980s; this was most evident during the 1984 presidential election. It is speculated that Mondale lost support with voters nearly during the campaign, namely during his acceptance speech at the 1984 Democratic National Convention. There he stated. To quote Mondale, "By the end of my first term, I will reduce the Reagan budget deficit by two thirds. Let's tell the truth, it must be done, it must be done. Mr. Reagan will raise taxes, so will I, he won't tell you. I just did." Despite this claimed attempt at establishing truthfulness with the electorate, this claim to raise taxes badly eroded his chances in what had begun as an uphill battle against the charismatic Ronald Reagan.

Reagan enjoyed high levels of bipart

The Book of the Knight of the Tower

The Book of the Knight of the Tower is a book commenced by Geoffroy IV de la Tour Landry in 1371, which he continued writing at least until 1372. It was translated into English by William Caxton and completed, according to his colophon, on 1 June 1483, during the reign of Edward V, it was further translated into German as Der Ritter vom Turn in 1493. The Livre pour l'enseignement de ses filles served as a tutorial for De la Tour Landry's daughters on proper behavior when visiting the royal court, the knight warns, is filled with smooth-talking courtiers who could disgrace them and embarrass the family; the author was a widower, concerned for his daughters' welfare. He takes a strong moral stance against the behavior of his peers and warns his daughters about the dangers of vanity; the German Der Ritter vom Turm was the work of a member of the Swabian nobility. He himself had two daughters and Jakobea, for whose benefit he claims to have translated the French text. William Caxton printed the English version in 1484.

Another English translation older than Caxton's survives in manuscript. The manuscript was written in the reign of Henry VI of England. Simon, Anne. "Framing Lives: The Narratives of Behaviour in Der Ritter vom Turn". Daphnis. 28: 35–59. Doi:10.1163/18796583-90001144. Text of The Book of the Knight of the Tower French text from Wikisource