By Kevin “Coach” Collins
Chapter Two: Democrat Presidents before the Civil War
ANDREW JACKSON 1828 to 1836
For many years the Democrat Party has presented itself as the common man’s Party. We have heard that the Democrats are for the little guy and always have been since the election of Andrew Jackson in 1828.
As the tall tale goes, “Old Hickory” as Jackson was called, was a “man’s man” who stood for the principles set down by America’s Founding Fathers. In fact he actually had a legitimate claim to being part of the American Revolution; he was a member of the Continental Army as a 13 year old messenger who was captured and mistreated by the British.
What a great story! What a great man! What a great patriot! If only some of this were true, Jackson would be half the man that today’s duplicitous Democrats make him out to be.
The real and forgotten story of “Old Hickory” is far more important than the fairy tales told about him at Democrat fundraisers.
The truth is that Andrew Jackson was a product of the treasonous Aaron Burr’s corrupt political machine which grew into the Democrat Party “in the 1820’s.”
N.B. Unlike the Republican Party which has an exact starting date, (March 20, 1854) even careful research cannot pin down an exact founding date for the Democrat Party. As with its current leader, the Democrat Party seems to have no definitive birth certificate.
Why no exact starting date for the Democrat Party can be found is a historical oddity, but one that is not hard to figure out. Any honest discussion of the roots of the Party would necessarily include the scheming and treachery of Aaron Burr – a man who, during the nascent years of our republic, almost single handedly destroyed America. Burr certainly felt little allegiance toward his home but held the widely hated British Crown in high esteem.
Jackson: an unindicted co-conspirator in Burr’s treason trial
When Burr was indicted for treason the evidence of his guilt centered on clear and overt acts…. On December 9, 1806 he had gathered a large force of men on an island in the Ohio River and readied them to march on New Orleans. Evidence developed at the time of his trial revealed that during the immediate months before his planned invasion of the western half of North America, he had stayed at Andrew Jackson’s home.
In September 1806 during a celebratory dinner while Burr was staying with him at the “Hermitage” as Jackson’s home was called, Jackson addressed Aaron Burr as a “good and trusty friend of Tennessee.” Two months later, as the time for Burr to make his move grew near, he sent “Old Hickory” $3,500 with instructions to purchase five boats and equip them with military gear. Jackson did this and more. He recruited seventy five men for the “army” Burr would need to violently establish his new “country.”
Just prior to Burr’s attempt to divide the nation, Jackson is reported to have overheard a stranger talking about the impending treasonous attack. In a classic “Cover Your Ass” move, Jackson sent a message to Thomas Jefferson clearing himself and Burr and naming General James Wilkinson (a co-conspirator of Burr’s), as the real and only organizer of the plot.
Jefferson bought only half of the line and had Burr indicted.
It is a matter of public record that Andrew Jackson was an unindicted co-conspirator in the treason case against Aaron Burr brought about by Jackson’s self-serving letter. Burr was acquitted on what were called technicalities at the time, but his reputation was forever damaged.
Jackson’s first inaugural party: the coarsening of the Presidency
To celebrate his inauguration in 1829, Jackson opened the White House to his supporters. The “People’s House” would host the people on his/their big day.
What ensued was a wild drunken party. An eyewitness account follows:
“…..But what a scene did we witness! The Majesty of the People had disappeared, and a rabble, a mob, of boys, negros [sic], women, children, scrambling fighting, romping. What a pity what a pity! No arrangements had been made, no police officers placed on duty and the whole house had been inundated by the rabble mob. We came too late. The President, after having been literally nearly pressed to death and almost suffocated and torn to pieces by the people in their eagerness to shake hands with Old Hickory, had retreated through the back way or south front and had escaped to his lodgings at Gadsby’s…..
TO BE CONTINUED
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