Andrew Jackson was not a good president. He was known as a champion of common men, founder of the Democratic Party, and savior of the Union. Despite these claims he was also single-handedly responsible for the displacement of an entire people, national depression and the creation of controversial federal hiring policy. These actions overshadow his presidency but his role in holding the United States together when South Carolina threatened secession was viewed as an important contribution. Born in 1776 in Davidson County, Tennessee, he was the first self made man to become president.
Once president Andrew Jackson wielded the executive power of the veto, which he used to excess. The twelve vetoes that were used during his reign overrode congress, the body of elected officials. The representatives of the states are suppose to be the consensus of the people. When Andrew Jackson, a single person refuses the congress's legislation it hinders democracy as less opinions are heard. In Jackson’s head the congressmen are just career politicians disconnected from the american people.
In the journal article “ Andrew Jackson versus the Historians”, author Charles G. Sellers explained the various interpretations of Jackson, from the viewpoint of Whig historians and Progressive Historians. These interpretations were based on the policies of Jackson. The Whig historians viewed the former president in a negative way. They considered him arrogant, ignorant, and not fit for being president. Sellers pointed out that it was not just because of “Jackson’s personality…nor was it the general policies he pursued as president” In fact, many of them approved of some of Jackson’s policies.
His authoritative style earned him the nickname King Andrew I. A king is undemocratic because he has all the power in an autocratic government and so this title shows that Jackson was using too much power. He also often went against the advice of Congress, and one example of this is the Bank War. Congress agreed that the bank was constitutional and members of Congress and his cabinet advised him not to veto the bank charter, but he ignored them and made the decision to do it anyway. The autocratic nature of his decision-making overall gave him too much influence and decreased representation by limiting the number of people involved in making
Henry Ford hired thugs to attack his trade union workers. Republicans hated the expenditure, which they said was wasteful. CWA had to be put to a stop, but immediately replaced by the PWA. After 1938, Republicans took over the Senate, and FDR was not able to get any more New Deal legislation through. State governments opposed the New Deal, saying that the Federal government was taking their powers.
This is also clearly not true, as it has been proven that McCarthy accused others to gain political power. For example, McCarthy’s downfall was caused when he clashed with the army. Roberts claims that “McCarthy and his chief counsel, Roy M. Cohn, were accused of improperly using their influence to get preferential assignments for… David Schine, who had been drafted into the military.” (3). To sum this up, those who supported McCarthy had few rebuttals in regards to the turmoil he created in America. Therefore, McCarthyism stirred the pot and intensified the strife between
In addition his misuse of presidential powers by destroying the Bank of the United States. In my opinion Andrew Jackson should be removed from the twenty dollar bill, because of the corruption and misuse of powers throughout his presidency. First was Indian removal and how to rapidly achieve it. Jackson regarded Indians as children when they did white man’s bidding and savage beast when they resisted. He would not protect the Indians from state actions and put the full weight of the federal government behind their removal.
Elected offices must be filled directly by the people. In keeping with the principle, Jackson tried to abolish the College Electors (those who choose the president) by Constitutional amendment.” This quote shows President Jackson’s heroism in fighting for the people to have the power to elect their president directly. Many people would disagree and say Andrew Jackson is a villain, he did do things that were frowned upon. Probably the most negative thing is the Indian Removal Act. Although this act was harsh, to some it overshadows the good that Jackson did.
He writes that when William F. Buckley of The National Review wrote a piece condemning the Society and asking Welch to step down, he still needed to assert that “Many decent people belonged to the Society” and that it was controlled by a “lunatic fringe,” but even then Buckley still faced pushback from many conservatives. Mulloy depicts the Goldwater campaign as being the highpoint of the Society’s influence in politics. He states that, “a major problem facing Goldwater was that he was strongly identified with both the radical Right in general and the John Birch Society in particular.” Yet, he argues that Goldwater was afraid to distance himself from radical elements, such as the Birch Society, because of their influence. This, along with several other factors led to him being viewed as an extremist, and after his devastating loss the Society was pushed from the semi-mainstream by conservatives who viewed them as part of the extreme element that led to Goldwater’s
There was no emotion in his speech.It gives a bad impression as every words he was saying made him lose his credibility before the Americans. As a president, he should have made the Americans trust him. He was considered to be the focal point of the presidential campaign by saying horrific, inflammatory and derogatory things on immigrants, women and minorities. All these feelings towards their president may make the voters angry and dissatisfied. As a president, he does not listen to anyone on his campaign team who will tell him to do less rhetoric.