Rough Draft Politicians for two hundred years have invoked the Founding Fathers to defend their beliefs. It is understandable that as a society we place figures like Washington, Franklin, and Jefferson on a pedestal, as leaders of American independence they merit that recognition. Implying though, that the Founding Fathers ideas were in unanimity with each other would be a simple and mistaken assumption. These men, while intellectual giants in their own right, found little common ground on public, economic, and social policy. Heated debates, slander, and disagreement are as defining of the construction of the country as democratic elections.
The cartoon depicts presidential nominee James Buchanan and Democratic senator Lewis Cass holding a freesoiler to the “Democratic Platform.” This is in reference to James Buchanan’s political campaign platform of the expansion of slavery, in line with the rest of the Democratic agenda. The election of 1856 was an American Presidential election held Nov. 4, 1856 in which Democrat James Buchanan defeated Republican John C. Frémont with 174 electoral votes to Frémont’s 114; also in the election featured former president Millard Fillmore who only received 8 votes (Pallardy). This election was an unusually heated campaign as it occured at the height of the pro-slavery and anti-slavery movement that had essentially split the country in half. Republican John C. Frémont condemned the Kansas-Nebraska Act, campaigning against the the pro-slavery movement and the expansion of slavery, while Democrat James Buchanan campaigned against the “extremist” Republicans whose victory he warned would lead to civil war. The Democrats endorsed the “popular sovereignty” approach to slavery expansion that was used in the Kansas-Nebraska act.
As mentioned previously, Clay's policies were based on economic development, so this was in favor of people who opposed the policies of the democratic party led by Andrew Jackson. By 1840, the Whig Party became a vigorous part in the emerging mass democratic system in the United States. Therefore, even though, despite his unsuccessful attempts to become the president, Clay and his creation of the second party system made progress in establishing mass democracy in the
'" This is probably the most memorable use of autobiography in the speech, this is placed towards the end of the speech. It is the story of Ashley Baia, a young, white, Obama voter from South Carolina. During most of the 20th century, political leaders, especially in the southern states, gained political power by pitting working class whites and blacks against each other. It’s actually a rather fitting coincidence that the end of Obama 's story points in a completely opposite direction, through an old black man who feels a young white woman 's pain. By presenting this anecdote, Obama unleashes the appeal of unity upon the audience, by contrasting the fact of a young white girl sharing the same opinion with an elderly black man.
Jackson was previously known as a national hero, someone who did what they could to ensure the security of the nation’s people. He was also an experienced politician especially in the West. By running for president in 1824 for the first time, the voting process changed as more and more people started to get involved. According to “Methods of Electing Presidential Electors: 1816 to 1836”, 4 years before Jackson’s first run for office Massachusetts, Illinois, and Maine were the only states that used the people to vote for the president. When Jackson entered campaigning, he relied on the opinion of the people which in turn people voted to make their voice known.
After the civil war, the question of “what’s next” was the main focus throughout politics, the government and the country. Abraham Lincoln was president during that time and he had a plan for reconstruction he hoped would bring the nation back together quickly and easily without too many harsh punishments or difficulties. Unfortunately, after Lincoln was murdered, his Vice President, Andrew Johnson had a plan for reconstruction that was different than Lincoln’s and many disagreed with Johnson’s views and ideas. Radical Republicans, were a large majority of the people who did not like Johnson the most, and so they came up with a reconstruction plan of their own as well, however only one was put into place and it changed the future of the United States forever. President Lincoln developed a reconstruction plan called the “Ten Percent Plan”.
The United States developed politically and economically in the late 1700s and early 1800s through individuals who were passionate about the future of America. Although passionate, not all men agreed on the same ideas; this led them to split into two groups. These groups, or political parties, spent much of their time advocating for certain policies, events, or other governmental issues, such as supporting or opposing the current president. Primarily because of the difference in their leaders ' beliefs, the two- party system developed with each party built on different principles; The Federalist 's ideas often clashed with the Democratic-Republican 's. These ideas were originally set in stone and rarely wavered, but under circumstances
Edwin Edwards, “Un de Nou Autres” “The Last Hayride” by John Maginnis is a non-fictional narrative of Louisiana politics which follows the 1983 governor election. Maginnis describes how Edwards, a Democrat in the Deep South, beat his GOP opponent Dave Treen for governor in the midst of the Reagan years, which were unfavorable times for Democrats. Edwards won the 1983 election because he amplified his strengths against his opponent’s weaknesses. Edwin Edwards proved he was capable for the position, he had a weak opponent, and he was popular. During Edwin Edwards first two consecutive terms in office, he accomplished much that directly impacted the people, which proved his high potential to become governor in 1983.
Nevertheless, Nixon managed to return to politics even after such a major scandal and establish himself as an author, analyst and commentator. President Clinton even acknowledged Nixon’s “wise counsel” on foreign policy. Nixon remained as a politician who would use any methods he could to be competitive and advance his career (Wicker). Surprisingly, it has been noted by many scholars that the public has become desensitized to Watergate. In a report released by a Democratic and Republican pollster, “only 18 percent of Americans surveyed believed that Watergate was worse than other scandals of the last quarter-century” (Polman).
Political ideology has been a revolving door of principles that have been prescribed to a certain group. Conservatism and liberalism have been two of the largest political ideologies in the United States and has been ever present throughout the development of this country. However the ideologies of presidents throughout their terms has not always been consistent which is displayed throughout the terms of conservative Hoover and liberal Roosevelt. Conservatism and liberalism has been placed on opposing ends of the political ideology spectrum. President Herbert Hoover has been historically regarded as one that agreed with the philosophies and principles of conservatism.
Martin Van Buren, the first actual American President. Martin Van Buren was born in 1782. He became a quick headline when he won a U.S senate seat in 1821. While in the Senate, Martin Van Buren helped form the new Democratic Party from a coalition of Jeffersonian Republicans who backed up as their nomination for the election Andrew Jackson. One of Jackson 's favorite, Van Buren won the presidency himself in 1836, but was tortured during his term due to a financial panic.
Johnson’s reign was one of the few compelling presidency’s due to his continuous mix-ups and battles with the Radicals. Before serving as Vice President or even President, Johnson was a member of The House of Representatives and Senate in the 1840’s and 50’s. Johnson remained a part of the House even after Tennessee
John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon, or better and more simply known as Kennedy and Nixon, competed against each other in the presidential election that took place in 1960. As many people are aware, they debated heavily during their run for president at a time when the need for a compelling leader was desperately needed in the United States. Both these runners were influential people during their time and had their own unique ways of showing it. Kennedy was a young but energetic Massachusetts senator from a very elite family from New England while Nixon was a seasoned lawmaker who was currently serving as the vice president of the United States. On one hand, Nixon had a much greater foreign policy experience and had spent almost eight years as the United States’ second-in-command meanwhile Kennedy’s youth and religious background was considered to be a disadvantage by nearly the entire nation.
It will be well known for the very conversional candidates and then who actually won the voting. Both candidates strongly state their positions on problems throughout the United States with well supported evidence. Though I think they both also state how they feel about each other and that has become a problem through this election process. Both candidates sounded very convincing and it will be very interesting to see who is chosen come election day. Fifty years from now people will look back and think how crazy of a debate it was and even think the choice of commander in chief was a bit insane as
Andrew Jackson became the seventh president of the United States in 1829. He ran for president four years prior and lost to John Quincy Adams, however, Jackson came back and ran a second time for president in the next election and redeemed himself by defeating Adams and taking his spot as president. Andrew Jackson came from poverty and worked his way to the top, becoming a young politician by 1812. In 1812 a war broke out between Britain and the United States. Jackson showed great leadership skills during this time and earned widespread fame as a military hero.