By Kevin “Coach” Collins
After I realized the author of “Andrew Jackson: Tea Party President” (The American Spectator October 2011) Robert W. Merry was serious I was compelled to respond. He had to be straightened out about what the TEA party movement is actually about.
Mr. Merry’s piece about Jackson has “Ivory Tower elitist” all over it as it works overtime to spray perfume on a man who was certainly complicit in Aaron Burr’s treasonous plot to make the Louisiana territories his private kingdom. Jackson set the stage for never ending poor relations with South and Central America as well.
Merry starts with a straw man premise about TEA party patriots (not surprisingly the beltway minded Merry doesn’t seem to understand it is T.E.A. meaning TAXED ENOUGH ALREADY so it’s not really “Tea”). He thinks we are looking for “guidance” from a Republican president of the distant past but conveniently bypasses Ronald Reagan, the quintessential TEA patriot. Instead Merry offers us Andrew Jackson with an incoherent “sentence” about Jackson “slapping down the notion of American greatness conservatism with utter contempt….” Trust me it doesn’t get clearer.
Later the self-conscious Merry allows that Jackson was a Democrat but not like modern day Democrats – as if there actually is a difference. He repeats today’s liberal Democrat line about Thomas Jefferson being the founding father of the Democrat Party. He ignores the inconvenient truth that, more than anyone else, it was Aaron Burr the murderer of Alexander Hamilton and nearly convicted treason conspirator who started the whole scheme. Burr was one of the founders of infamous Tammany Hall from whence the Democrat Party was hatched.
Jackson’s connection to Burr’s conspiracy
In 1806 at Burr’s request Jackson put together a fully outfitted army in preparation for an assault on New Orleans to take all of the newly purchased Louisiana territories so Burr could become King of a newly formed country. He lined up support from the British who were ready to recognize His Highness after he pulled off his coup.
There are of course many more examples of Jackson’s dubious character but his decision to help the British steal the Falkland Islands from Argentina stands as a classic. Jackson completely cast aside the Monroe Doctrine. He idly sat by watching as a European power violated the Doctrine which was the word of America. With it we promised we would fight to see to it that no more European expansion would take place in the Western Hemisphere. Jackson sent the USS Lexington to destroy the Falkland settlements so they could be served up to the British without their firing a shot.
Like so many Democrat presidents since, Jackson’s actions made us look like untrustworthy liars. He was the original Ugly American.
Jackson’s Administration was Washington’s original crony/patronage government.
While he didn’t coin the phrase he ruled by the principle, “To the victor belongs the spoils.” Quickly upon taking office, Jackson replaced almost 10% of all government appointed office holders. His “patronage over competence” policy appalled America in his day.
Andrew Jackson would find no home in the TEA party I’m a member of or any I’ve seen.
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