Aside from the obviously glaring physical similarities between one of the last, true-blue, and greatest US Presidents in American history, Andrew Jackson, such as both of their honest, forthright, direct, and straightforward verbal delivery styles as well as their flaming red fiery hair and piercing blue eyes, there are other, more subtle, but essential similarities as well:
(1) both are dedicated “America firsters,” and care more about the welfare and condition of the United States and its citizenry, than with stupid foreign wars and foreign entanglements designed to weaken and exploit America’s money, troops, and good will;
(2) both are “pro-morality,” grounded in Christian foundations and beliefs, rather than the “Luciferian” doctrines of progressivism which seek to challenge and ridicule fundamental and common sense American value systems, now apparently being defended today by only one other leader in the world, Russian President Vladimir Putin;
(3) both are being viciously attacked by international deep state bankers, wherein Andrew Jackson’s greatest achievement and victory according to himself, was when he said “I killed the banks” – referring to his monumental accomplishment of not renewing in 1833 the Second Bank of the United States, the country’s national bank, fore-runner of the Federal Reserve established in 1913 by the same evil forces – Jackson used his executive power to remove all federal funds from the bank, in the final salvo of what is referred to as the “Bank War” – today Donald Trump is under seige and attack by these very same international bankers, who desperately want to keep him out of office for fear that he will repudiate or renegotiate their usurious and inflated 23 Trillion Dollar Debt;
(4) Andrew Jackson, the epitome of the frontiersman, objected to the bank’s unusual political and economic power, and to the lack of congressional oversight over its business dealings, and this is the same power structure that Donald Trump is railing against;
(5) Andrew Jackson, known as “obstinate and brutish” but a “man of the common people,” called for an investigation into the bank’s policies and political agenda as soon as he settled into the White House in March 1829 – to Jackson, the bank symbolized how a privileged class of businessmen oppressed the will of the common people of America, and he made clear that he planned to challenge the constitutionality of the bank, much to the horror of its supporters – in response, the director of the bank, Nicholas Biddle, flexed his own political power, turning to members of Congress, including the powerful Kentucky Senator Henry Clay and leading businessmen sympathetic to the bank, to fight Jackson – today, the bankers employ the mainstream media and “useful idiot protected classes,” such as organized and mafia-like extremist feminists, extremist black lives matters groups, extremist minority groups, and extremist homosexual groups to blaspheme, attack, defame, slander, libel, entrap, intimidate, threaten and harass Donald Trump, instead of the bankers using their previously bought off congressmen and senators (and presidents) to do their dirty work;
(6) Both were victims of attempted assassination (Andrew Jackson with the physical attempt by a stupid ineffective gunman on the steps of the US Capitol) and Donald Trump both physically as well as by the political character assassination in today’s Mainstream Media, using the false and hollow allegations that Donald Trump is somehow a racist, homophobe, anti-semite, or anti-feminist misogynist, with all of these false attacks coming from, originating with, paid for, and funded by the very same, elitist, hypocritical, deep state international bankers;
(7) both defended the honor of their wives after they were attacked – In 1806, Andrew Jackson killed a man in a duel over a matter of honor regarding his wife Rachel when they called her a “bigamist,” while Donald Trump aggressively defended the honor of his wife Melania when she was defamed, slandered, and libeled in the press as an “illegal immigrant, a “prostitute” or whatever other character assassination they tried to use against her – Andrew Jackson said that he could forgive those who insulted him, but that he would never forgive the ones who attacked his wife;
(8) both Andrew Jackson and Donald Trump enjoyed plurality in both electoral and popular votes against all major candidates, but both were undermined and attacked by the mainstream media and members of the Congressional House of Representatives and the Senate, owned by the international central bankers;
(9) both were heavily involved in purchasing land and making real estate deals – In 1794, Jackson formed a business with lawyer and planter John Overton “for the purpose of purchasing lands as well as those lands without as within military bounds” – Donald Trump is arguably the most famous and well respected real estate developer and land purchaser the world has ever known – and Andrew Jackson was one of the three original investors who founded the entire city of Memphis, Tennessee, in 1819;
(10) in the midst of the rampant institutionalized racism and discrimination of his times, Andrew Jackson was actually considered a “trailblazer” in race relations and actually went against the grain to treat minorities with greater respect and freedom than his contemporaries, while Trump also treats minorities very well within his Trump Organization as well, in stark contrast to the nonsensical and false attacks he receives on a daily basis by the Mainstream Media that he is somehow a “racist;”
(11) Andrew Jackson is associated with “Jacksonian Democracy,” or the spread of democracy by passing political power from established elites to ordinary voters, and “The Age of Jackson” shaped the national agenda and American politics like Thomas Jefferson, such as “peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations; entangling alliances with none” – which further typifies Donald Trump’s desires to work with Russian President Vladimir Putin and other nations to destroy ISIS, rather than provoking them into World War 3, also wishing to work with other nations to make America liked, and the world, a better place for all of earth’s people;
(12) Jackson advocated Republican values held by the Revolutionary War generation, and his presidency held a high moralistic tone with a limited view of states rights and the federal government – Jackson feared that monied and business interests would corrupt republican values, and Donald Trump echoes these same exact sentiments in all of his speeches;
(13) Jackson believed that the president’s authority was derived from the people, and his choice of Cabinet Members, instead of choosing party favorites or establishment types, instead selected “plain businessmen,” while Trump also favors businessmen over career politicians and establishment figures;
(14) Andrew Jackson was plagued by horrifically false and defamatory rumors that he was somehow misogynistic and “against womens’ virtues” in such ridiculous scandals as the “Petticoat Affair,” or “Eaton affair,” – and the organized extreme feminist conspiracy (owned and controlled by international bankers) attacking Trump is based on the same false and hollow types of character assassinations, designed to discredit both him and his candidacy;
(15) Donald Trump famously has been declaring for nearly 30 years that “foreign nations need to pay their dues to the United States” for such things as military protection, as well as calling for them to honor better trade deals – in 1834, the non-payment of reparations by the French government drew Andrew Jackson’s ire and he became impatient, and in his December 1834 State of the Union address, Jackson sternly reprimanded the French government for non-payment, stating that the US federal government was “wholly disappointed” by the French, and demanded that Congress authorize trade reprisals against France;
(16) Foreign nations were also routinely chagrined by Andrew Jackson’s “America-first” policies and willingness to disparage and antagonize foreign countries “taking advantage of America,” and feeling insulted by Jackson’s words, the French people demanded an apology – in his December 1835 State of the Union Address, Jackson refused to apologize, just like Master Deal-Maker Donald Trump when irritating foreign nations such as the United Kingdom and Mexico with his “America-first” words, with Andrew Jackson stating that he had a “good opinion of the French people and his intentions were peaceful,” but that he believed that the French government was purposely stalling payment – the French government accepted Jackson’s statements as sincere and in February 1836, American reparations were finally paid;
(17) Both Andrew Jackson and Donald Trump have been viciously and falsely accused of having a quick temper – of Andrew Jackson a famous historian named Brands said: “His audacity on behalf of the people earned him enemies who slandered him and defamed even his wife, Rachel…he dueled in her defense and his own, suffering grievous wounds that left him with bullet fragments lodged about his body” – however, other historians such as Remini stated that Jackson was in control of his rage, and used it (and his fearsome reputation) as a tool to get what he wanted in his public and private affairs – Brands also noted that Andrew Jackson’s opponents were terrified of his temper: “Observers likened him to a volcano, and only the most intrepid or recklessly curious cared to see it erupt…his close associates all had stories of his blood-curling oaths, his summoning of the Almighty to loose His wrath upon some miscreant, typically followed by his own vow to hang the villain or blow him to perdition…given his record – in duels, brawls, mutiny trials, and summary hearings – listeners had to take his vows seriously” – all of this could honestly have been written about Donald Trump himself;
(18) As was said above, both cut dashingly tall and large figures, and both sported a shock of bright, unruly, and fiery red hair and deep blue piercing eyes – Andrew Jackson was an imposing figure, standing at 6 feet, 1 inch (1.85 m) tall (very tall for that time period), and weighing between 130 and 140 pounds (64 kg) on average – Trump is virtually his twin.
Just What Is An American?
The greatest mistake any leader, or moneyed powerful individual, or even masses of people (all 3 of which tend to have the loudest voices) is to culturally appropriate unto themselves, just exactly what it means to be an American, based on their own selfish notion of what it means.
The fact remains that the ideal of Americanism is a concept – a truly growing, organic, ever changing, and ever expanding idea that is enshrined within its founding documents and laws.
For example, the Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights, US Constitution, Civil Rights Act, and the Equal Rights Amendment, among scores of other acts of legislation, point to an ever growing ongoing journey to forge a new nation, just like ancient Rome did, united by a common destiny, and drawn from different experiences, cultures, cuisines, religions, ethnicities, races, nationalities, and world views.
So when President Trump on July 15, 2019 told four minority female congresswomen in sum and substance to “go back to there they came from” if they “didn’t like America,” he trampled over their own views, ideals, and experiences as Americans.
Quite simply his statement was an appropriation of what it means to be an American, from the point of view of a German/ Irish American senior citizen male, to a group of Latin/ Somali/ Palestinian/ African-American younger females.
Perhaps President Trump should re-visit his own people’s racial history, wherein the Irish were systematically excluded by the previously arrived and established Anglican Protestants, or even with the Germans in America who were actually interred in camps during the periods of World War I & World War II.
The German-American Experience
During World War II, the legal basis for this detention was under Presidential Proclamation 2526, made by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt under the authority of the Alien and Sedition Acts.
With the U.S. entry into World War I, German nationals were automatically classified as “enemy aliens.”
Two of the four main World War I-era internment camps were located in Hot Springs, N.C. and Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia.
Attorney General A. Mitchell Palmer wrote that “All aliens interned by the government are regarded as enemies, and their property is treated accordingly.”
The Irish-American Experience
In 1836, young Benjamin Disraeli wrote: “The Irish hate our order, our civilization, our enterprising industry, our pure religion. This wild, reckless, indolent, uncertain and superstitious race have no sympathy with the English character. Their ideal of human felicity is an alternation of clannish broils and coarse idolatry. Their history describes an unbroken circle of bigotry and blood.”
Nineteenth-century Protestant American “Nativist” discrimination against Irish Catholics reached a peak in the mid-1850s when the Know-Nothing Movement tried to oust Catholics from public office.
Much of the opposition came from Irish Protestants, as in the 1831 riots in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
After 1860, many Irish sang songs about “NINA signs” reading Help wanted – no Irish need apply.
The 1862 song “No Irish Need Apply” was inspired by NINA signs in London.
Alongside “No Irish Need Apply” signs, in the post-World War II years, signs saying “No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs” or similar anti-Irish sentiment began to appear as well.
Billionaires, Vanity and Modern Democracy
The bullying in Washington is the current trend. On Monday, the British ambassador resigned his post after Trump refused to deal with him. Well-liked in Washington and the halls of Congress, his downfall was an honest assessment of the Trump administration as ‘inept’ and ‘dysfunctional’. The letters were leaked in the U.K.
Suppose the president tweets comments contrary to current established policy, does that mean a policy change? Do departments adapt promptly. Nobody knows. That’s dysfunctional, and everyone knows it. In the meantime, he has enjoyed 17 golf outings since February averaging three a month. No wonder he is that rare president who does not seem to age in office from the stresses of the job. Obama’s hair turned gray.
But then a lighter hand on the tiller has kept us out of war, whereas Obama, the Nobel Peace Laureate, destroyed Libya and escalated in Afghanistan. The consequences are still being felt in Southern Europe particularly, through the hordes of refugees still continuing to arrive. Also in the resurgence of anti-immigration political parties in northern Europe.
The supreme irony is the fact of refugees being rescued from ramshackle boats and dinghies or often dying in one part of the Mediterranean while the Obamas cruise on a billionaire’s luxury yacht in another. Is that a metaphor for democracies in the modern world? One is also reminded of Mr. Modi’s specially woven pinstripe cloth repeating his name endlessly on the stripes in the material.
Fortunately, the current president does not like the sea, or we would never see him in Washington. As it is he has had 14 visits to golf clubs (not as much time on the course however) since the beginning of June. He once had a small yacht that lay anchored in New York until he sold it. His pleasures have generally centered on the more mundane: cheeseburgers and women — the younger the better, although perhaps not as young as those that have gotten his friend Jeffrey Epstein in trouble again. To be fair, Trump had a falling out with him ‘about 15 years ago’ he said recently. ‘I was not a fan of his, I can tell you,’ he added although he called him a ‘terrific guy’ in 2002.
At least one party had 28 girls to a so-called calendar-girl party at Mar-a-Lago (Trump’s estate and club) in Florida, meaning selection of a calendar girl. The male celebrities attending, according to the man assigned the task of finding the girls, happened to be Trump and Epstein, and no one else! So surprised, the man still remembers the story. The falling out between Trump and Epstein was rumored to have been a business deal.
It brings us to the second resignation, that of Alex Acosta the Labor Secretary. A Harvard-educated lawyer, Mr. Acosta was the US attorney for the Southern District of Florida when he made a generous agreement with Epstein who had been charged with sex crimes. For a 13-month sentence of mostly community work, usually from his mansion, Mr. Epstein was protected from further prosecution. In a clear rebuke to Acosta, the case has been re-opened with a new charge of sex-trafficking minors.
As a result, Mr. Acosta has had to bow to the chorus of calls for his resignation. The real question: How ever did Trump get elected? A mainstream press failure?
What has happened to Western liberal idea?
In the recent interview with President Putin, the Financial Times seems to have launched a discussion on liberalism only at its own peril. Inadvertently, a real problem was touched upon, whose pressing nature is no longer denied by anyone in the West. The newspaper had to admit it in its Editorial of 29 June. Its authors claim that the threat to liberalism comes from within, including President Trump and his policies, Brexit and, certainly, the rise of “populist nationalism”. They refer to voters’ disillusionment with liberalism and loss of confidence in the economic system and trust in political elites. The latter are invited to redouble their efforts to take into consideration issues raised by voters and “to renew liberalism”.
Hence, the Russian leader has only identified a problem that Western elites are unable to acknowledge, desperately defending the status-quo as having no alternative. But where is the problem?
The systemic crisis of Western society, if we are to call a spade a spade, has its roots in Reaganomics and Thatcherism. In early 1980s, disregard for the lessons of the Great Depression led to Anglo-American attempts to sort of try the pre-1929 Pure Capitalism. This unleashed the forcers of a “self-regulated market” with the state playing a minimal role – a key concept of liberal economics. The idea of social accountability of business had no place in that system.
At the same time, financial sector was deregulated through the step-by-step repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act, which was one of key elements of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal. Its architect was British economist John Maynard Keynes. It was only natural that the 2008 crisis also started in the financial sphere which had practically lost touch with the real sector of economy.
Then neoliberalism (as it became known) came to be imposed by Anglo-Saxon nations on the whole of the EU through the Lisbon agenda. The then Prime Minister Tony Blair was pretty good at it. When asked what she considered as her key legacy, Margaret Thatcher pointed to Blair who continued her economic policies under the “New Labour” slogan.
For instance, everyone knows what the nationalization of British railways led to. Profits are reaped by operators, while costs are borne by taxpayers who finance UK Rail, the state-run company responsible for railroad infrastructure. And this is not the only way to privatise profits while collectivising costs. In fact, globalisation has become one such practice for Western elites. Its original motive was quite liberal and far from being altruistic or even geopolitical (Donald Trump has reassessed this part of it when he blamed globalisation for China’s economic rise). It was about cheap labour for increased profits. The jobs that were to be transferred abroad should have been compensated for by a new technological revolution. But it’s not happening, not even in the second generation. Information technologies do not create as many jobs, and we are already talking of robotisation and artificial intelligence, as well as a universal minimum living allowance as a solution to the problem of poverty and unemployment. It was Keynes who said: “Free trade assumes that if you throw men out of work in one direction you re-employ them in another. As soon as that link is broken the whole of the free trade argument breaks down”.
Liberalism in politics, especially after the end of the Cold War, has degenerated into averaging and alternative-free policies in the “end of history” spirit. Even Henry Kissinger admitted in his “World Order” (2014) that Western elites had again relied on automaticity, as was the case with the market. But as it was shown by Karl Marx supported by modern economists (Joseph Stiglitz, Paul Krugman, Thomas Picketty and others), free markets always give advantage to the investing classes, which only leads to more inequality.
In this respect, the 45-year post-WW2 period was an exception to the rule due to the creation of a social welfare state – the one that is now being destroyed by the neoliberal economics. Along with it the middle class is being destroyed – the pillar of Western democracy. For these reasons the real discourse of democracy is being substituted in the West by a discourse of liberalism. This involves labelling all protest voters as “populists” and “nationalists”, allowing to side-step the issue of the inability of the actual political system to represent this silent majority. Yet, that is what’s going on when differences blur between the Right and the Left, Tory and Labour in Britain, Republicans and Democrats in the US, or Christian Democrats and Social Democrats in Germany’s “Grand coalition”. Is it any wonder that when an opportunity arises to have a say, this majority votes for Brexit, Trump, or newly-created anti-system parties and movements, often with marginal ideologies?
In social terms, as BBC is trying to explain in this ongoing debate, liberalism is about protecting the rights of minorities of all kind, including transgender persons. It turns out that there’s nobody to protect the interests of the majority. Yet, we are speaking of the post-war “social contract”, which simply does not work in liberal economics. Anglo-Saxons are on the path of further liberalisation, which the continental Europe cannot afford. Boris Johnson, contributing to the discussion, has said the other day that Brexit is precisely aimed at giving a new lease of life to it by following the US in income tax reductions for business and private individuals.
British political analyst David Goodhart (in “The Road to Somewhere: The Populist Revolt and the Future of Politics”, 2017) shows another perspective of the issue. In his opinion, the elites have become cosmopolitan, but the majority has remained rooted in their own countries, regions and communities. In other words, the majority sticks to its national identity, unlike the elites. Even the European middle class, united by similar living standards and occupations, becomes aware of its nationality when hit by bad economic times.
Those who accuse Russia of meddling in internal affairs of Western countries are essentially denying their voters the right to vote, while the genesis of the liberalism crisis clearly points to its roots and origins inside the system. It was no-one else but Angela Merkel who in 2010 spoke of failure of multiculturalism in Germany, while calling for intensifying efforts at integrating immigrants into German society.
It was not Moscow that drew the attention to this problem. As early as 2007, the Economist wrote of a “secular overreachl” in the West, while today many are voicing concerns over a “liberal overreach”. Speaking broadly, it can be said that in the absence of a competitive environment in the realm of ideas after the end of the Cold War (which ended up doing a disservice to Western elites), liberalism has mutated into a dogma, a totalitarian ideology which does not tolerate dissent or pluralism of ideas. No wonder that the elites have resorted to political technologies, media control and political correctness to tighten the grip on the freedom of speech and generate semblance of an alternative-free existence. Social media have put an end to this, becoming a tool for politically alienated electorate to self-organize. As a measure to protect the status quo, the elites are now constructing an artificial dichotomy of liberalism vs authoritarianism, i.e. if not one, it’s definitely the other.
It is, therefore, not about the end of the liberal idea, just as President Putin pointed out, but that it cannot claim to be a one-size-fits-all model negating the wealth of ideas in Europe and the world. The problem is that any ideology, as history has shown, is always aggressive when it claims the ultimate truth, exceptionalism and, as a result, becomes a threat to the world. The notion of a “liberal world order” has also been introduced only recently, as a defensive reaction of the West when its dominance in global politics, economy and finance is coming to an end. Everything could have been different, had Western elites bothered to make this order, Bretton Woods institutions included, truly liberal, open and inclusive. Nobody was preventing them from doing so.
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