Andrew Jackson

The Hero at Doing Zero

A Hero's Tale

Andrew Jackson was a self made man. What that means is he started from the very bottom of the food chain and climbed his way up with no help at all whatsoever. Unlike the many young people today that have all of their necessities provided to them by their parent/ guardian, Jackson fought to provide for himself. He put himself through school, and became a very successful man in general.

But going through hardships like that isn't what made him a hero.

As you will see, the reasons below explain why I believe the "Hero" part of Andrew Jackson.

Victory for a "Common Man"

Although the Battle of New Orleans was a battle that was not meant to be fought, Andrew Jackson led his men to victory. For this reason alone, he is thought of to be a war hero.

Democracy—Jackson Style!

Jacksonian Democracy. Two small words that hold so much meaning. The four key compenents that make up Jacksonian democracy are:

  1. Government by the people
  2. Democracy in social, economic, and political life
  3. Championed the cause of the farmer and laborer in an agricultural and industrial society
  4. Limited Government, but with a strong President.

All of these are essential to sustaining any kind of democracy in my opinion. Not only did Jacksonian Democracy help keep the government together, but it also expanded suffrage to any white man.

Hero Blinded by Good

As you can see, the reasons above are very hero like.

But it doesn't last for long.

Now here's where the "Zero" part of my reasons begin.

I believe that sometime during Jacksonian's term(s) for President, he became dead set on making sure that the everyday person would be benefited in any way possible.

National Bank is Shut Down

At first, Andrew Jackson didn't really care about the National Bank. It was only until Henry Clay associated himself with the renewal of the National Bank that he really got all over the bank's case.

Jackson was convinced that the bank only benefited the wealthy and not the average classed men. Although this was true, Jackson had a hidden motive. He wanted to get back at Henry Clay for delaying his election in 1820. When Jackson is elected in office for his second term, he makes quick work to shut down the flow of money to the National bank and instead direct the money to the State Banks.

Even though this resulted in a good way of getting farmers money, his intentions weren't entirely pure, thus canceling out the positive things he did with the negatives.

A Better Economy for America

As President, it's only natural that you want to see your Nations striving with life, riches and land. So when gold is found near your land, why not take it to ensure all three of those things?

Only one problem. Cherokees have already settled there.

So what do the nearby residents in Georgia (and almost ALL AMERICANS) do when they want something?

They take it.

And if the people don't want to give up their land?

They say: "If not willingly, then by force!"

After the ruling of Worcester v. Georgia, which resulted in John Marshall stating the Cherokees could keep their land, Jackson thought that wasn't it good idea. And what happens if Jackson (and again almost ALL AMERICANS) doesn't like something?


And Jackson forced the Cherokees out, resulting in an Indian-free Georgia and a better economy for Georgia, a big win for the Americans against those savage Natives.


Let's look a little bit further into this. Before Andrew Jackson became president, he was ordered by the Government to take out Natives around the land of the U.S. which he did so willingly. So that's a big hint there that he doesn't think much about the Natives. Plus, Gold=Money=Power and Land=Power.

And the Cherokees were good people! That's minus 2 points there. But he did get more land and money for America, so plus 2 points. Add 'em together and you get a big, fat 0 since positives and negatives cancel each other out.

Hero at Doing Zero

So hopefully, you understand why I think he is a hero at doing zero now. Yeah, Jackson did good things in his life, but most of the good things he does is canceled out by a negative action he does as well. Jackson had good intentions, but often had a bad reason when it came to justifying them.

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