Monday, October 10, 2011

Andrew Jackson: the Tea Party president?

Andrew Jackson was our 7th President serving from 1829 to 1837. This American Spectator article makes a great case that President Jackson - a Democrat - would be very relatable to today's Tea Party movement.

I'm excerpting the conclusion on Jackson's foreign policy if he just so happened to drop in on 21st Century America and then the final paragaph of this article:
On foreign policy, Jackson would argue that America must play a significant role in the world. We are a great nation and must stand tall. But he would warn against getting involved in unnecessary wars unrelated to vital American interests. And he would ferociously attack anyone who suggested, for example, that opposition to America's Libyan adventure amounted to isolationism. He would insist on reasonable and accurate terms of debate.

Corporate welfare in all its forms; high taxes that thwart economic activity and entrepreneurialism; persistent deficit spending; the bloated federal government; intrusions from Washington great and small into the lives of citizens; petty corruption in legislative activity; unnecessary and dangerous military ventures -- all would come under Jackson's damning political assault. Then he would take his program to the American people, let the chips fall, and rise or fall on his principles. This approach worked with the Bank of the U.S. back in the 1830s. Perhaps it will reemerge as the country's dominant political force in the 2010s.
Give this article a full read! Jackson I would think of as one of our more unique Presidents. Who could fill his shoes today? Because I already know he's not going to magically drop from the 19th century into the 21st century!

Via Newsalert!

1 comment:

healthysouls said...

You are so correct, Andrew Jackson would be at home in the Tea Party movement - he was extremely racist against Native Americans and blacks. Under his administration it became legal to forcibly remove NA from their land. Just read this link about his crimes against humanity

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