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25 November 2015 @ 05:26 am
Old Hickory II  
The usually astute Charles Pierce is offended that National Review compared Donald Trump to Andrew Jackson. But they’re right: Jackson, like so many populists, loved all the Just Plain Folks, unless of course they were Black (to be owned) or Native American (to be run off their lands).
fjm: pic#120788370fjm on November 25th, 2015 11:15 am (UTC)
at least it suggests that he understands being compared to Jackson is offensive.
Kalimac: puzzlekalimac on November 25th, 2015 03:45 pm (UTC)
I think the comparison of Trump to Jackson is spot-on.

Jackson's election struck people used to the conventional politics of the time much as Trump's election would strike us now. It was symbolized by the inauguration reception, with huge crowds of people tramping through the White House, eating from a giant cheese that had been sent as a present and absently grinding crumbs into the carpet.

Everyone knows about Jackson's evil policies towards the Native Americans, but his angry populism also led him into some that were simply misguided and disastrous. Admittedly the National Bank was a lofty and snotty institution that claimed independence from government fiscal policy, but Jackson's shutting it down (he took all the federal govt's money out, and then persuaded Congress to refuse to renew its charter) was the direct cause of an enormous depression that struck conveniently a few months after he'd left office, but which sank his designated successor's administration.
don_fitch on November 25th, 2015 10:16 pm (UTC)
As an Aside, pretty much: I really love the currently-circulating comment that the last time a bunch of alien imigrants seriously threatened to demolish North American Cultures, they were successful, and we'll be celebrating that tomorrow on U. S. Thanksgiving Day, because "they" were us.

Give or take a little. Several decades ago, attending a local (Southern California) Indian dance on Memorial day, I danced in place on the edge of the Arena when the Drum began the usual series of four (or maybe six) Veterans' Dances. Two enormous Lakota guys in Traditional Dance outfits confronted me. I gulped, and said "40th Division, 160th Infantry, Medical Company, Korea, 1951-52". They waved me into the Arena with their eagle-wing fans, and acompanied me once around it. We immigrants haven't _completely_ eradicated the older culture, and I hope we never will. (Really, you know, a few hundred thousand Syrans aren't likely to do much Change, either, and they are People, who need Help.) And yes, back when I some times did Thanksgiving Dinners I did my best to serve only New World foods (along with the occasional possibly-Asian mushroom and some carrots & celery).

amaebi: Odysseus and sirensamaebi on November 26th, 2015 02:37 am (UTC)
Moreover, Andrew Jackson was an aggressive ignoramus, that ghastly institutor of the Free Banking Era.

How I hate him.