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Showing posts with label Andrew Jackson. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Andrew Jackson. Show all posts

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

The Daily GOP Ignominious: Why Has Trump Never Mentioned Abe Lincoln?

Actually, the title question is rhetorical. Most people know exactly why Trump has never mentioned Abe Lincoln. 

Abe Lincoln isn't a historic icon for white nationalist.

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Yes, someone created a caricature of Donald Trump's recent comment about his hero Andrew Jackson and his misguided (well actually, ignorant) remarks about the Civil War. The image about pokes fun at the nation's 45th President while also delivering a poignant statement about Trump's mentality and cognitive processes. The lined paper mocking however is not the too for proper depiction of Trump as a socially regressive racist.

Listen as Trump speaks on a Sirus radio show.

The shame of it all is so engrossing and encompassing. We are forced to guess less and less about Trump's mentality and social paradigm. Since, Trump is known as a non-reader, we may be able to accurately assume he is being coached like a grade school student in revisionist history by noted racist and white supremacists Steve Bannon. 

If you have about 10 minutes and didn't see the following segment on MSNBC's The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell, give the segment a viewing.  

During a week in which Trump crossed the line of rational acceptability via quasi-praise of Kim Jung Un, the prospect of inviting the Philippine President to the White House and enacting a congratulatory call to Turkeys evolving dictator.

Another consideration, since I was front and center about Trump's inclination an tendencies of his inner circle.

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While a far less serous matter than Trumps communication week, it should be noted the latest of Trump's addition to the White House Press corp.


Monday, May 1, 2017

Trump: Dissolving Into An Embarrassing Empty Presidential Suit (Interviews From Hell)

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I believe it safe to state: " No American President has ever exhibited such classless behavior on camera and while in the Oval Office."

The full 23-minute interview.

Last Saturday night while the most Americans took part in watching the Washington Correspondents Dinner, Trump delivered one of the most pathetic rally performances in US History. Since you probably have a perspective on the Dinner event and Trump's pathetic rally we will focus a couple of pieces of feedback regarding Trump's Harrisburg, PA. event. 

Reagan Era Republican official David Gergen on Trump's rally performance

From a Saturday night disgust fest to a Sunday morning interview to this morning and a journey into US racism, bigotry and signaling to White Americans.

Talking Point Memo

Trump Knows Jack about Andrew Jackson. SAD!

I see this morning President Trump isn’t sure why the Civil War happened. In line with your standard Trumpian militant ignorance, he assumes that since he isn’t sure what happened that “people” aren’t sure either. In fact, they haven’t even asked the question. “People don’t ask that question, but why was there the Civil War? Why could that one not have been worked out?” As I’ve noted, President Trump is not only wildly ignorant. But, utterly unaware of the scope of his ignorance, he assumes everyone else is as ignorant as he is and frequently preens with new learnings that either everyone knew or in other cases are just completely wrong.

But I want to zero in on Trump’s comments about Andrew Jackson and the Civil War. Under Steve Bannon’s tutelage, Trump has embraced Jackson as the “nationalist” progenitor of his presidency. But here he shows he doesn’t know the first thing about Jackson. And the ignorance is of more than historians’ concern.

Here’s what Trump said in an interview with Salena Zito.
“I mean had Andrew Jackson been a little bit later you wouldn’t have had the Civil War. He was a very tough person, but he had a big heart. He was really angry that he saw what was happening with regard to the Civil War, he said, ‘There’s no reason for this.'”
Pundits are noting that Jackson left the White House in 1837 and died in 1845, 24 and 16 years before the outbreak of the Civil War. But the Civil War actually wasn’t so far from Jackson’s own time, indeed during the years of his own presidency. The final months of Jackson’s first term as president saw what historians refer to as the Nullification Crisis. In critical ways, it was a dry run for the Civil War. The notional trigger of the crisis was a tariff law which was generally opposed in the Southern states. But the real issue was the authority of the national government, whether states or groups of states could block federal laws or even secede from the union, and ultimately the security of slavery.

The originator of these doctrines and driver of the crisis was one of the great political stars of the early 19th century, John C. Calhoun of South Carolina. At first an ardent nationalist, Calhoun had drifted in an increasingly sectional direction and had developed a series of theories which held that states could ‘nullify’ federal laws and in fact secede from the Union. South Carolina’s decision to nullify the tariff law triggered the crisis. But that crisis reverberated throughout the country and provoked divisions in all the Southern states which anticipated on critical fronts the debates over the Civil War.

Trump imagines that Jackson, despite being a “very tough person” would have worked things out because he was “really angry that he saw what was happening with regard to the Civil War, he said, ‘There’s no reason for this.'”

Well, not exactly.

Jackson tended to personalize political conflict. But the Nullification Crisis cut to the core of one of his central beliefs: the inviolability of the federal union. Today we hear ‘nationalism’ used as a byword for xenophobia, racism and militarism. Jackson had his mix of each. But Jackson thought the crisis, what Calhoun was doing could not have been more important. He actually wanted to march an army down to South Carolina and hang Calhoun. To the extent Jackson knew about the Civil War and was “really angry” about it, he was really angry at the Southern planter aristocrats who would later start the Civil War. He was ready to go to war in 1832-33 to vindicate the union and popular democracy – two concepts that to him were basically inseparable. In other words, if we take Trump’s comments on their own terms he’s completely wrong. Jackson thought the issue couldn’t be more important and he was ready to go to war and crush the nullifiers.

We should note here that for Jackson, one of the key elements of ‘nationalism’ was his belief that popular democracy spoke most clearly when the nation spoke as a nation, not as separate polities in individual states.

The crisis was eventually resolved when South Carolina backed down and this resolution was helped along with a de facto compromise tied to tariff reduction. But the crisis spurred lengthy and fractious debates in Southern legislatures which mirrored the key questions that were to roil the country for the next quarter century. Slavery and its security in a country where the population of the non-slave holding states was growing more rapidly than the Southern ones was always a looming issue, even though support or opposition to slavery as such only came up at the margins of the debate.

What also came out of those debates was the growing salience of key aspects of Calhoun’s thought for many Southern political elites. Specifically how political minorities, in reality elite political or sectional minorities, could protect themselves and their property in an increasingly democratic polity. I don’t want to get too deep into it but Calhoun was developing a theory of what called ‘concurrent majorities’ in which different groups in society would need to sign off, as it were, on major government actions. So for instance, sure there’s democracy. But we Southerners or we planters don’t just get thrown into the national vote count. We’re a distinct group and on big decisions, we need to sign off as a group. Or we’ll leave. For Calhoun, the key groups were Southern whites and more specifically slaveholders.

Most of the key players in this period had died or passed from the political stage by 1861. But not all of them. The Jacksonians who were most vociferous in their support of Jackson’s unionism tended to be staunch unionists when the South thrust the country into Civil War in 1861, even in a number of cases where they were Southerners or from border states. The Blair family of Maryland is a noteworthy example.

I mention all this to note that the issues raised by the Nullification Crisis were not wholly alien to ones that roil American politics today: particularly, whether groups that lose out in democratic politics need to or get special rights to protect themselves against democratic majorities. I would argue this basic question is again at the center of our politics – majorities versus groups who want protections from democracy, whether this is aggressive gerrymandering, voter suppression or the voices we now here so frequently that it’s just not fair that California, for instance, has so many people.

Jackson’s historical reputation has taken quite a beating in recent years and for some very good reasons. He was a slaveholder. He presided over the expulsion of Indian tribes from the Southeast in his second term. He was a convinced racist, though this did not greatly distinguish him from the great majority of white Americans at the time, certainly for white Southerners. He has also become known for his militarism. But this is an incomplete picture. Most of the public image of Jackson today, at least in the public arena is driven by the writing of Walter Russell Meade, whose grasp of the man and the period is, I would argue, rather thin and presentist. It’s this Jackson – militarist, unilateralist, authoritarian and nationalist that Bannon is in love with and through Bannon has become Trump’s favorite President.

But history is complex. There’s another dimension to Jackson – one rooted in his devotion to the federal union above all else and his belief in popular democracy (albeit one in which only white men were included) both of which he rightly saw threatened by what Calhoun and his supporters represented.

Trump’s claim in this interview that the Civil War didn’t need to happen and could have been worked out is rooted in Southern pro-slavery revisionism (and its descendent, contemporary neo-Confederacy) and more recently in the intellectuals who were and are the seedbed of what we now call the alt-right. Both Jackson and Calhoun were slaveholders. But slavery and Southern sectionalism were Calhoun’s guidestars. The crisis of the early 1830s was his effort to draw a line, a bastardized constitutional line to protect slavery and Southern power in what he accurately believed was an inevitable conflict. On this front, in addition to his narrow misunderstanding of Jackson’s feelings ‘about the Civil War’, Trump is far more in the Calhounite tradition than the Jacksonian one. Indeed, it’s from the descendants of Calhounism that Trump draws his greatest political punch.


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The Daily GOP Ignominious: When A President Should Shut Up

A few days ago we published this piece: 

The piece has a genesis in personal observation of the very visible portrait of former US President Andrew Jackson hanging visibly near Trump's desk.

It seems the nation's 45th President continues to sit for interviews without realizing his signaling his deep-rooted bigotry and racism, is harmful to the nation. He may tickle the innards of the nation's overt and closeted white nationalist, but he also signals a regressive personality to non supporters and people across the globe. Trump's early morning interview led to comment about Andrew Jackson. (Newser) (Mediaite Sirus audio).

President Trump: "Why was there the Civil War? Why could that one not have been worked out?"
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Here's Trump's full answer on "swashbuckler" Andrew Jackson and the Civil War: "Why could that one not have been worked out?"

Long story short, Andrew Jackson was a murderous slave owner and perpetrator of genocide against Native Original People North Americans.  

While the Internet is full of varied scribes and articles about the causes of the US Civil War, we offer a very abbreviated piece which seems to capture the essence of what we learned about the war. 

Wonder if Trump (and Bannon) are not aware Jackson died 16 years before the Civil War? Rest assured Bannon knows Jackson was a slave owner. Of course, there wouldn't have been a Civil War if Jackson was the US President.

Donald Trump is a dangerous person. 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

The Daily GOP Ignominious: Trump Has Palin, Nugent and Kid Rock In The Oval Office; Mocks Clinton

Trump's White House visit characters are starting to arrive.  

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Also on a day after the diminutive Trump tweets about the election being over, we find he spent part of his day mocking a portrait of Hillary Clinton.  Is there no end to the childishness of these people?

A rational person would wonder why Trump didn't have his crew of racist take a picture alongside one of the nation's most racist former president's Andrew Jackson. As Trump and his message purveyors decorated the Oval Office, they strategically sent a message to the nation regarding white nationalism and high-level support for national racism.

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Priebus, Bannon, Steve Miller and anyone involved in the Trump White House setup, knows Jackson's history. Link.

Speaking of the rational person, I didn't have the common trump supporter in mind.  Is this a prototype of the Trump supporter?

So much for the visit with a president who seems to always bring the garbage, let's move to a look at a few major communications donors who share Trump with the people depicted above.  One last remark.  It is a shame when a president brings more garage to the nation's House. 

Gizmodo dot com is reporting on a Presidential committee filing which includes  a list of trump corporate supporters. 
On Wednesday, the Presidential Inaugural Committee filed its final report with the Federal Election Commission, revealing the full list of donors who financed Donald Trump’s electoral college victory party. Unsurprisingly, the biggest names in tech all chipped in, including Google, Amazon, Intel, and Microsoft, all of whom spoke out against Trump’s Muslim ban. The filing reveals that just weeks before the companies denounced the executive order, they gave hundreds of thousands of dollars to celebrate the man who promised to issue it. AT& T, Trump’s biggest ally in communication, was silent. 
The tech companies include:
  • Microsoft, which donated $500,000. 
  • Google, which donated $285,000.
  • Charter Communications, which donated $250,000.
  • Verizon, which donated $100,000.
  • Amazon, which donated $57,746.13. 
  • AT&T, which donated $2,082,483.43.
  • Intel, which donated $500,000.
  • Boeing, which donated $1,000,000.
  • Qualcomm, which donated $1,000,000.
Impressive list, eh?

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Andrew Jackson...Native American - Honoring our Ancestors, Culture & Spirituality

Native American - Honoring our Ancestors, Culture & Spirituality
Native American - Honoring our Ancestors, Culture & Spirituality

Right now our Country is busy preparing for the 246th birthday celebration of our 7th President of the United States, Andrew Jackson which will take place all across the Nation on the March 15th. To this day many Americans still continue to think of Andrew Jackson as some great American hero, a true and honored leader....a true "Patriot." Here is the real truth about Andrew Jackson's history. An "American History" that IS omitted from the history books and is NOT taught in school:

This is Andrew Jackson, our 7th President of the United States whose face gloriously adorns the $20 bill. He is also recognized and honored as a great American hero by statues, on memorials, and in paintings. And.....YES, he is even in our wallets!!! Andrew Jackson earned his fame as an "Indian fighter" in the US army. One known fact about Andrew Jackson is, unlike previous Presidents, he DID NOT defer to Congress in policy-making but rather used his "POWER OF THE VETO" and his party leadership to assume his own command to suit his needs. Jackson executed many of his enemies without any due process and regularly settled his own personal disputes by deadly duels, and was once again rewarded for his atrocities and crimes against humanity by being elected to a 2nd term in office.

Andrew Jackson was a wealthy slave owner and an infamous Indian killer, gaining the nickname ‘Sharp Knife’ from the Cherokee. He was also the founder of the Democratic Party, demonstrating that genocide against indigenous people is a nonpartisan issue. His first effort at Indian fighting was waging a war against the Creeks. President Jefferson had appointed him to appropriate Creek and Cherokee lands. In his brutal military campaigns against the Natives, Andrew Jackson recommended that troops systematically kill Native women and children after the massacres in order to "complete the extermination." The Creeks lost 23 million acres of land in southern Georgia and central Alabama, paving the way for cotton plantation slavery. But this was not enough for Andrew Jackson to satisfy his greed as he then set his greedy eyes on the Spanish territory of Florida, home to the Seminole Indians.

Many of the black slaves "owned' during Jackson's "reign of terror" had already managed to escape from their bondages in Georgia and Alabama and fled to live with the Seminoles in the Spanish territory of Florida. The original "runaways" and their descendants over the years managed to establish a very peaceful black farming community deep inside the Seminole territory. This did not set too well with Jackson. He took an army of Southern whites illegally into Seminole territory and viciously attacked the peaceful black farming community, murdering and slaughtering 270 men, women and children. Jackson then took the slaves who had managed to survive his vicious attack back to Georgia and Alabama and literally "gave them away" to ANY wealthy white plantation owner who claimed to be an "original owner" or a descendant of an "original owner" of the original runaways!!! 

In 1830, a year after being elected President, Andrew Jackson signed a law that he had proposed – the "Indian Removal Act", which legalized "ethnic cleansing." Within the next seven years 46,000 Indigenous People were forcefully removed from their homelands east of the Mississippi. Wealthy white Southerners wanted to expand their profitable and fertile slave-based plantations and needed the these Native lands to do it. These Native lands were home to the Cherokee, Creek, Choctaw, Chickasaw and Seminole nations. This forced removal, known as the Trail of Tears gave 25 million acres of Native lands to these wealthy white Southerners. In the Trail of Tears, over 4,000 Native men, women and children died of cold by exposure to the harsh winter temperatures, inadequate clothing, lack of blankets, starvation, and to diseases of the white man as they were forced to walk the 100's and 100's of miles from their fertile Native homelands to the western, most dry, unyielding and barren lands now known as Oklahoma.

I often wonder how many of our current members of congress still consider Andrew Jackson to be some kind of great American patriot? Why is Andrew Jackson's DARK and SHAMEFULL history still being omitted from our History books and not taught to our children in school? My belief is it is much too shameful to acknowledge and teach to our children!! It is much easier for them to continue to cast a more favorable light on this murderer rather than teach them of the true atrocities of Andrew Jackson and his crimes against humanity that occurred during the colonization process of the American Continent. It is true to say that this countries "other founding forefathers" also committed crimes against humanity, but Andrew Jackson holds the top honor in this country's "HALL OF SHAME"!!! 

No birthday celebrations here for Andrew Jackson!!!! Just the facts!!!! If you agree with this post, by all means like and share it. Let's see just many this can reach before the birthday celebrations begin on March 15th. Share the real truth and then feel free to post the link to this page on any site you see fit to do so!!! Many thanks and much Love & Peace to all!!!