Essay on Andrew Jackson A Tyrant

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Andrew Jackson A Tyrant


Andrew Jackson
"I cannot be intimidated from doing that which my judgment and conscience tell me is right by any earthly power."

This quote by Jackson underlies the fact the he was a selfish, tyrannical ruler. He did
not make decisions based on the interests of the whole nation but on his own personal
benefit, in search of self- achievement. Although he was portrayed or possibly manipulated
the citizens to believe that he was a president for the common man, that was simply not
the way he acted. As president, he purposely ignored the power of the Judicial branch to
judge laws, and strengthened the power of the Executive branch above the limits in the
Constitution. He was also said to be rude and uneducated, which might have led to the
reasons why he was such a power hungry tyrant; but before one makes this harsh judgment
they must first realize the type of life that Andrew Jackson lived. It almost certainly
was the main reason why his thought process was so different from the regular wealthy,
educated earlier presidents.

The third child of Irish immigrants, he joined the Army when he was only thirteen years
old. Although he was young he had already developed hatred towards the British, because
his oldest brother was killed fighting in the Revolution. Even though Jackson was an
exceptional soldier, both him and his middle brother were captured by British troops.
After their mother pleaded for their release, the boys were set free, but due to the poor
living conditions of the army camp, Jackson's family was overcome by the smallpox disease.
Leaving him all alone in life. This traumatic time in his life could have been the start
of all his psychological problems.

It seems that trouble almost always found Jackson. After being a lawyer for only a few
years, an argument with another lawyer in the town led to an insult. Eventually Jackson
challenged the man to a duel. Things did not look good for Jackson's opponent because
Jackson was a notoriously good shot, but at the last minute Jackson offered his enemy some
bacon and a joke, and they laughed together. This shows Jackson had the power to
manipulate people. In just a few years of law Jackson, now eighteen met his soon to be
wife, Rachel Robards. There was a small problem though…Rachel was married. But Jackson
being the terrifying man that he was, played with a huge knife during the divorce trial;
this petrified her first husband, and after a short trail the case was thrown out and
Rachel was divorced. Jackson and Rachel were married in August of 1791; this brought his
spirits up very much. Proof of this is in how he says,

"Heaven will be no heaven to me if I do not meet my wife there."

Even though Andrew Jackson had matured a lot by the early eighteen hundreds, his temper
was still blazing. In October 1803, He came across a Tennessee's governor, whom happened
to be an old rival; reportedly the governor said something about Rachel Jackson. Without
delay Jackson challenged the governor to a duel, he refused and Jackson put an
announcement in a local paper, calling the man a coward. The humiliated governor then
persuaded a young marksman named Charles Dickinson to offend Rachel and challenge her
husband to a duel. Jackson then met Dickinson in a Kentucky meadow at dawn. Dickinson
being a faster draw, fired first. He hit Jackson in the chest, a bad wound; but Jackson's
soon retaliated with a shot to the stomach that instantly killed his opponent. Dickinson's
bullet was too close to Jackson's heart to be removed by the surgeons back then, and it
stayed there for the rest of his life.

Jackson, getting bored with the farm life and politics decided he wanted to command an
army once again; he led a small volunteer group south down the Mississippi River. But when
the government got wind of this they sent him back to Nashville, where Jackson promptly
got in another brawl with a rival. This one exploded into a shoot-out among quite a few
men, and Jackson took a bullet to the shoulder. Doctors recommended it be amputated, but
Jackson refused; this bullet, too, remained in him.

These are just a few examples of how Jackson's past may have contributed greatly to his
presidency; he had hatred towards many rivals and not to mention the British. Another soon
to be rival on Jackson's list was John Quincy Adams; this was because in the election of
1824, Adams and Henry Clay made what Jackson called "a corrupt bargain" And this caused
Jackson to lose the 1824 election which he believed he had rightfully earned.

But the election of 1828 was much different; from the beginning it was personal. Jackson
was convinced that he was the winning candidate for president, and Adams' backers were
horrified at the thought of a vulgar frontiersman in the White House. The year 1828
brought a complete and everlasting change to the way presidential elections were done.
This was an extremely offensive election in which Adams' followers took the name National
Republicans. They published in papers across the country this filthy and hateful report:

General Jackson's mother was a COMMON PROSTITUTE brought to this country by British
soldiers! She afterward married a MULATTO MAN, with whom she had several children, of
which number General Jackson IS ONE!!

Although Adams and his supporters tried there hardest to corrupt Jackson's chances at
becoming president, Jackson received three times the amount of electoral votes that Adams
did, thus making him the President of the United States.

Once in office Jackson immediately showed signs of bad leadership by using the Spoils
System, which is where his put his friends into his Cabinet. In his 1st Inaugural Address
he says,

"In the performance of a task thus generally delineated I shall endeavor to select men
whose diligence and talents will insure in their respective stations able and faithful
cooperation."

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