Andrew Jackson: A Masked Tyrant

How Jackson Really did to not help "The Common Man"

Introduction

Many people see Andrew Jackson as the poor humble man that started from rough origins that grew and rose to become the 7th president of the United States. It is an inspiring zero to hero story... or was it really? There was more to this war hero turned president than you might think. While he did promise welfare for the common man, you will see that he never mentioned destroying a whole nation, ignoring a supreme court cheif justice, and killing thousands would all be part of the road he took to get "welfare to all common man". Andrew Jackson is a tyrant masked with the face of a hero only to win your sympathy and support, and he only reveals himself when he is abusing his power in the office of president, as usual.

Spoiling the Unspoiled

One of the ideas Jackson firmly believed in is the spoils system. It gave jobs to all of his supporters in the government, even if they were not qualified. However, did you ever think about those people not being qualified for the job they got? Most of the people Jackson gave jobs to were didn't even have a job in politics, and while it supported the idea of "welfare for the common man" it put our government in danger. Since many people did not have the political experience needed, they did not know how to manage the everyday responsibilities of a position the whole nation relied on. This made it easy for the nation to explode in chaos, and loose what our founding fathers had given us: a stable government with a great economy and a chance to become a prosperous nation.

Georgia Can't Kick the Cherokee Out? Says Who ? Who Cares? I Don't. I'll Kick Them Out Myself!

That is exactly what Jackson did. When the Cherokees went to the supreme court to claim their right to live on their native land, and that the state of Georgia had no right to move them; Supreme Court Chief Justice, John Marshall (pictured to the Right) ruled that the Cherokee were an independent nation and that Georgia could not move them. However, Jackson abused his power and ignored the ruling and told the state of Georgia to go ahead and remove the Cherokees to Oklahoma anyway. He also said "He (John Marshall) made his ruling. Now, let him enforce it." But, only the executive branch can enforce the laws and it was Jackson's job to at least help. Jackson also did not have the power to ignore the supreme court chief justice's ruling and should have obeyed the ruling, but as the usual tyrant, he abuses his power as president. Jackson allowed Georgia to move the Cherokees under his own eyes.
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In this political cartoon, we see Andrew Jackson's true side: A tyrant that abused his power, stepped on and tore the constitution and would do whatever it took to get into power



The Trail of Death

Another important event during Jackson's presidency was the Trail of Tears. Let me remind you that from the beginning of time, Jackson hated natives, and during the war of 1812 he killed many Native Americans and then, saw a survivor from a battle. A little baby native whose parents had been killed by the army Jackson himself had led into the battle that killed his Native Americans. Jackson was so crazy he took in the baby as his own and adopted him. Jackson harmed the Cherokees even further by forcing them out of their territory in Georgia when he was President. He kicked out the Cherokees against the ruling of the Supreme Court Chief Justice, John Marshall. (see Georgia Can't Kick the Cherokee Out?...) He let the Georgia militia round up the natives from their homeland and force them out of their homes and took them all mostly by foot on a trip that lasted about one thousand miles! And an estimated four thousand Cherokees died on the trip from lack of rest, extreme weather conditions, and sickness. This was all done against the petitions of the Cherokees, a supreme court ruling, and a Cherokee nation who changed their ways to adapt to the US form of Government. Where is the "welfare for all common men" now? Are the Cherokees aliens from Mars with five arms? Or are they not a common group of people on this planet only wanting to strive? But, in the eyes of many people, the Cherokees turned into "Savage and wild animals that are being moved to a nearby so called sane zoo". Jackson in this case, was violating the unalienable rights of the Cherokees: Life (which was taken from about four thousand Cherokees), Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. The Trail of Tears took all of these rights away from the Cherokees and many more.

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