An Analysis Of Andrew Jackson's Bank Veto Message

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Andrew Jackson was inaugurated on March 4, 1829 as the seventh president of the United States of America. His inauguration was so joyous for the citizens that he was given the nickname "King Mob," due to the mad rush of people who stormed the White House to get a chance to shake his hand. Although Jackson's presidency lived up to its title, the "era of the common man," he also participated and led many unconstitutional acts during his reign. Due to these reasons, Jackson does not deserve to be on the twenty-dollar bill.
One of many atrocities that Jackson committed was the forceful removal of thousands of Indians and the subsequent death of many of them. Although his reasoning, as is stated in his Message to Congress "On Indian Removal," was
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In Jackson's Bank Veto Message, he states that his principal reason for his veto was that he wanted to prevent the existence of monopolies. This is a fine reasoning that also goes along with is political views. The objection to this is that he was warned on how it would be detrimental to the United States economy but still went through with it. It cannot be overlooked that he had to fire two different secretaries until he finally appointed a close friend to agree with him. This is an obvious abuse of power, seeing as he fired two people simply for telling him that his idea would not work. This misuse of power is the reason why cartoons like "King Andrew The First," were created. By showing him as a likeness to a playing card king, this cartoon exemplifies Jacksons occasional disregard for the constitution and his tyrannical abuse of power.
It is arguable that Jackson did have some good points. Jackson's response to the nullification proclamation was a just and constitutionally sound one. His commitment to the Union, in this case, is admirable. But, it is also plausible to say that Jackson's only motivation for not allowing this to pass was simply to keep a certain amount of power in the national government, in him. It could have all been a selfish ploy in order to keep his power, not an argument for

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