Think of the greatest President there ever was. The first one that comes to mind might be Lincoln, Roosevelt, Washington – any of those on Mount Rushmore, or printed the currency you handover so frequently. Those great statesmen live on in green.
How about President Jackson? Did he come to mind? If you’re a true American — with American meaning the generic blissful American, Jackson is not even on your top ten list.
Go look at the Wikipedia page for Andrew Jackson, specifically the fifth paragraph, and it will tell you all you need to know about the man by 2016 standards. In case you didn’t go look it up, I’ll give you bullet points:
- He was proud of representing the “common man” and not big bankers
- He revolutionized the meaning of the Presidential Veto by simply using it without reason
- He gave cabinet level positions to his friends
- Forcibly removed Indians from the land which they were living, relocating them to Oklahoma
This is a striking parallel to a few of the things that Donald Drumpf would like to see happen.
If you’re saying to yourself, “you can’t compare Indians who were already here, to immigrants!” then why are you so flustered when Donald Drumpf wants to remove illegal immigrants from this country and build a wall to ensure that no further illegal immigration occurs?
- He wants to bring back jobs to the United States, from China and Mexico
- He would like to use veto power excessively
- He has a lot of friends who are itching to run the government
Oh, the illegal immigrants…
For the longest time, people some saying that it doesn’t even matter if we have a President Drumpf; congress has the ultimate say, and if all else fails the Supreme Court can step in and stop anything they don’t like. The problem: Andrew Jackson wasn’t stopped by the court. In the case Worcester v. Georgia, the court did in fact rule that the act prohibiting Indians on Non-Indian land was unconstitutional.
It is widely believed, though, that Andrew Jackson said the following:
“[The Chief Justice,] John Marshall has made his decision. Now let him enforce it.”
If that doesn’t sound like something Donald Drumpf would say, then you better start paying attention.
There’s still also The Congress of the United States, which usually reflects public opinion. The last time a President was impeached Bill Clinton, and now his wife is running for office. But that’s a different story for a different day.
It’s entirely possible that the entire government is built on nothing but a house of cards, as featured in the Netflix original series House of Cards; Kevin Spacey has already made the connection himself to his character in the show Francis Underwood, saying “he’d kill him.”
In all seriousness, the Supreme Court gave themselves the power of judicial review… Congress likes to pass laws that can be considered unconstitutional, and the President can really do anything they want and use executive privilege as an avenue to do illegal, and shady things.
I say, it doesn’t really matter. Elect Donald Drumpf. What’s the worst that can happen?