The Hero at Doing Zero
A Hero's Tale
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.
- Government by the people
- Democracy in social, economic, and political life
- Championed the cause of the farmer and laborer in an agricultural and industrial society
- 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
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
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
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.