Hero or Zero, might you ask? ZERO.

The Not-So-Common "Common Man"

Sure, Andrew Jackson was born to an unfortunate family and belonged in the lower class side of the neighborhood his entire adolescence. And yes, it is true that he had to work for everything a little harder than the more fortunate man. So there are the reasons that so many people liked him. He wasn't born to a wealthy family like many previous presidents. He seemed to be just an average man. But does an average man own a mansion and 150 slaves at their death? I don't think so. He led people to believe that a leader can be an ordinary person with an unfortunate upbringing. But is owning 150 slaves really so ordinary?

Mr. Andrew Vetoing-Tyrant Jackson

A president is allowed to veto a bill every once in a while. We all know that. Andrew Jackson knew that, too-- but he didn't seem to fully comprehend it. Mr. Jackson here believed that he could veto every bill that came to him. You know, some people want new laws, man. Just because you're the president (or, tyrant, in Jackson's mind) it doesn't mean you can ignore every idea anyone passes you. Thankfully, though, Congress can override a veto with a 2/3rd's vote. But just how likely is that to happen?

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The Monster Behind the Trail of Tears

We've had our battles with the Native Americans, and we've also had peace with them. Over the years, we've made many exchanges with them, and here's one that didn't look too good on Jackson's part. The Cherokees were forced by Jackson to move from their home to make more space for whites. Mr. Jackson promised that this would be a comfortable removal, but that didn't happen as planned. The poor Native Americans had to walk hundreds of miles away from home along what is known as the "Trail of Tears". They suffered greatly, losing many of their friends and family on the way. Seriously, Jackson?

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As we know, Jackson vetoed way too many bills, preventing new laws from forming. He abused this power so much that he was referred to as "King Jackson". Every branch of the government is supposed to have the same amount of power, right? Wrong. At least in Jackson's mind. By the way he abused his power to veto bills, you would think he though the executive branch was supposed to be the tyrant of the three branches.

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Andrew Jackson: Good, Evil, and the Presidency