WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump positions himself as the next Andrew Jackson. He does so in flagrant defiance of the Democrats, the media, public school teachers, and revisionist historians everywhere.
And why the Hell not?
When it comes to populism, Jackson was the real deal. The man was a 12-year old prisoner of war in the American Revolution. He railed against the “establishment” as he tore into his big-government opponent John Quincy Adams, the globalist Jeb of his family. And in office, he established the “spoils system” whereby his own salt-of-the-earth supporters got the government jobs instead of the fancy entrenched bureaucrats or Gary Cohn and Dina Powell.
Technically, Jackson birthed the Democratic Party, the organization currently run by eco-crazy San Francisco billionaires and fading know-nothing Nancy Pelosi. But today’s Democrats have no claim on Jackson’s legacy or ideas, and they don’t even want one. They have turned Jackson into a millennial villain. They turned against the very guy who started their party, the same way they turned on liberal congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard when she said she didn’t want a war in Syria. They have deleted their history and lost their compass.
The establishment kicked Jackson off the $20 bill in favor of Harriet Tubman, who will take over in 2020. Jackson’s presence on the bill meant something to his supporters, because Jackson happened to be the most fervent, fanatical opponent of central banks ever to occupy the White House. So it felt good to know that the Federal Reserve had to print Jackson’s face over and over again, his stoic glare reminding them with every minted sheet just how much they’re raising inflation for everyone. His face on that bill was like a punk rock libertarian consolation prize. But it’s no more.
There is no clearer mark of tyranny than a tyrant’s face on a piece of currency. Harriet Tubman is no tyrant, but her presence on a $20 bill will remind everyone who touches it of the progressive hostility that put her there. Every day, cashiers and busboys and street urchins will notice that the bill has been changed, and will comment to themselves that the bill has been changed. They will question why, and inevitably someone will tell them that it’s because Andrew Jackson was a “racist.” That’s what the progressive globalist establishment wants. They want their own outrages to constantly be on your mind. Annoyance is their tactic. When they were out of power, it was merely agitation. After Obama got elected, it became policy. America must now look down at every $20 bill and remember: the people in charge changed the very face of the money that I need to stay alive. The people in charge, therefore, are not to be messed with.
The Democrats don’t really care about racism in history, because most of the racism practiced in America in history was practiced by them. The Democrats were the white racist party throughout the twentieth century, fighting hood and cross for segregation. They have no problem with their icon Woodrow Wilson, arguably the most racist modern president, who gets a free pass in official history books because he gave us the income tax and the Federal Reserve. When the Missouri Democratic Party recently changed the name of its annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner, they changed the name to honor Harry Truman. Gaze upon this selection from the unauthorized Truman archives: a 1911 letter to Bess:
“I think one man is just as good as another so long as he’s honest and decent and not a nigger or a Chinaman. Uncle Will says that the Lord made a white man from dust, a nigger from mud, then He threw up what was left and it came down a Chinaman,” Truman wrote.
“[Uncle Will] does hate Chinese and Japs. So do I. It is race prejudice, I guess. But I am strongly of the opinion Negroes ought to be in Africa, yellow men in Asia and white men in Europe and America,” Truman added.
But Truman stays on the dime, while Jackson gets kicked off the front of the Twenty, no longer worthy to hang next to the Federal Reserve seal, the Treasurer’s signature, and that creepy pyramid with the eyeball on it. The Democrats haven’t changed. They merely noticed population trends and pushed their racism back in the other direction. Their real enemy is populism. Their real enemy, besides Trump, is Andrew Jackson.
“It is to be regretted that the rich and powerful too often bend the acts of government to their own selfish purposes,” Jackson once said. The trend he described is truer of no generation than our own. The government of the rich has infected every single facet of our society and our consciousness.
Pass a supermarket news rack this week and you’ll see faces of some of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People: liberal Washington Post sugar-daddy Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates’ wife (honored in a piece by Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg), some movie actor named Riz Ahmed. You will see Alec Baldwin on Vanity Fair ripping on Trump. And you will see, I kid you not, Chuck Schumer’s cousin, alleged comedian Amy Schumer, in a one-piece on the cover of the InStyle “Beauty Issue.”
We live in a country where Chuck Schumer’s cousin is on the cover of the “Beauty Issue,” against all evidence to the contrary. But she gets to be beautiful. We have to pretend she’s beautiful. She is, after all, Chuck Schumer’s cousin.
This, my fellow countrymen, is the mark of tyranny:
President Trump sees all that is going on, and he knows why it’s going on. He knows that it needs to be stopped, or else the people will lose our voice entirely to an inhuman viral establishment that traffics in banality and erases faces from the public domain. So he meets with community bankers at the White House, knowing full well how much the Democrats’ Dodd-Frank law helped out the big banks at the expense of the small ones. So he knocks out regulations on small business, knowing full well how the Democrats and Republicans both want to regulate small businesses to death because they compete with corporations like Comcast and Koch Industries. So he skips the White House Correspondents Dinner to hang out with the “better people” of Pennsylvania.
Donald Trump is an innately gregarious man, which creates the effect of populism. But in returning to the source material, Trump is making it clear that he knows what it’s all about. And maybe, by harnessing this non-partisan populist spirit, he can manage to prevent another Civil War.
President Andrew Jackson, who died 16 years before the Civil War started, saw it coming and was angry. Would never have let it happen!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 2, 2017