The Legacy Of Andrew Jackson

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Throughout history, the United States have clung to their founding values, such as freedom and equality, with brute force. Today, with these values still just as prevalent as they were back then it is decidedly so that the legacy Andrew Jackson left behind is not the best fit to be represented on our currency. A man who was too headstrong and selfish and wrongfully followed his own personal agenda doing whatever he pleased, including mass murder, and does not even support the idea of paper money is hardly the person qualified to personify our great country and its legal tender. To say that Andrew Jackson was headstrong would be an understatement; he always got what he wanted. For example, he was the only president in the history of the U.S. to openly defy an order from the Supreme Court. Moreover, he vetoed the congressional legislation more times than all predecessors combined AND for reasons besides constitutionality. (Remini 2, 242) Even when other sources of power such as the Supreme Court and Senate tried to oppose him, it was to no avail. Jackson took his presidency with full force. He utilized, stretched and took advantage of every inch of his power. When the Senate tried to object him and formally censure him, Jackson, found a way around it and merely issued another statement on presidential rights and the democratic system that had evolved over the last few years. (Remini 2, 244) Once, when William Duane, the secretary of the treasury, refused to remove the deposits like Jackson had asked because Duane had disagreed with him, Jackson had him fired. This was the first time a cabinet officer had ever been fired. (Remini 2, 245) By the end of his 2nd term, he ended up going through five secretaries of treasury. (Feller 1, ... ... middle of paper ... ...ou want, call it the will of the people and then label it democracy. “It 's completely justified to say that Jacksonian democracy reflected this same grasping ambition of the newly expanded white voting classes at the expense of slaves and Indians.” (Dougherty, 2) The democracy we use today differs from whatever Jackson decided to postmark as democracy. In conclusion, to have Andrew Jackson on the twenty dollar bill is to commercialize genocide on our country’s currency. Whether you want to justify the actions of a murderer, racist and political fraud is up to you, but you are only fooling yourself into a false sense of security that the man you see on that $20 bill was righteous. Overall, it is hard to believe that in a country where liberty rules above all, a man like Andrew Jackson is sitting comfortably in the pockets and wallets of millions of fellow Americans.

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