I recently spent some time in Old Hickory, Tennessee, where Andrew Jackson’s home, the Hermitage, still stands. I grew up only five minutes or so from this grand Southern home and even here any stress on Jackson’s life and presidency focused on the Trail of Tears, little else. Not once did I hear mention of Jackson’s battle with globalist bankers or what that meant for the American people. No, it was always and only what Old Hickory had done to the Cherokee.
History is a mixed bag, good and bad, and yes, Andrew Jackson was brutal by our standards, but should he be judged by our standards or the standards of his age? I think the answer is obvious. We must understand that he was a hard man in general and that’s what it took to survive, let alone to stand up to the banking cartel. Another thing never mentioned is that he was the only president to get this country out of debt. As one might expect, the money pushers tried to kill him for stopping the central bank, but the gun misfired.
Nonetheless, Jackson stopped the banking “vipers” from taking over this country’s monetary system. Folks are led to forget that part of his presidency and focus on “human rights violations”, an idea nonexistent in Jackson’s rough and ready frontier. Still there is talk of removing him from the twenty dollar bill. Of course the bankers do not want to print his ugly face, but this is not because they suddenly feel a rush of love for old Harriett Tubman, his proposed replacement. No, this is just one more way to stir up trouble among average folks. If we stay busy yelling at each other we are less likely to notice what the suits in marble hallways are doing down at our capitols.
Somehow it always comes back to money. We are cogs in someone else’s machine and so we work, work, work. When they offer more money, we take it. Hell, we will fight for more money. But is more always better? Slightly higher wages across the bottom tier only raises the cost of everything else while lowering the value of the dollar and screwing everyone who did not get a government enforced raise, but the bleeding hearts among us demand that raise again and again. Currency debasement – that’s how bankers get rich and societies get ruined.
Basic economics is not rocket science. Jackson knew the basics and then some and so he fought the banks, which only stalled the process for a while. Despite the lifetime of indoctrination I received only minutes from his home, I will never hate the man. He fought the good fight, but the effect was temporary. The most I can say is that Jackson treated some of the Cherokee horribly – by our standards. I will also assert that he witnessed the Cherokee commit their own horrible deeds during his tempestuous childhood. The undeniable pattern here and everywhere is this – humans are horrible to one another, across and within race lines, all of them. Does this excuse what Jackson did? No, but we should understand the Trail of Tears in its proper historical context if we are to understand it at all.
I might also go so far as to say that the Trail of Tears does not affect most of us daily, if ever. Is that nice? No! History is not nice. Facts are not nice. History and facts do not care. Here’s another fact that does not care – what does affect us all daily is this sham of an economic system, a system Jackson fought against. He fought the fledgling central bank and it nearly cost him his life. Today, we are caught in the web of international finance that may well break a man as hard as Old Hickory. We can and must be harder. Welcome to the frontier.