The Andrew Jackson Moment

The “Trail of Tears” is, along with Rosa Parks and the Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King Junior, the only thing kids learn about in high school history these days.  They especially don’t learn about the followup:  The Cherokee sued the US government to stop their removal.  Chief Justice John Marshall ruled in favor of the Cherokee.  To which Andrew Jackson supposedly replied, “I see Mr. Marshall has made his ruling.  Now, let us see him enforce it.”

President Trump is rapidly approaching an Andrew Jackson moment.  There are reports of Democrat (naturally) congressmen warning Boston-area illegals of a pending ICE raid.  Los Angeles has vowed to nullify federal law.*  And now Seattle is suing the Trump administration over its threats to end federal funding for “sanctuary cities.” “Sanctuary cities,” you’ll recall, are polities whose ruling class have publicly avowed their intention to violate federal law.  As this is the West Coast, the 9th Circus will of course find for the plaintiffs.

History suggests that President Trump will follow Jackson’s precedent.  A quick look around Weimar America 2017 suggests this will make him the most popular politician in several generations.  It also suggests…. well, you know what it suggests.  The Reds and the Browns are already battling in the streets. It’s inevitable; might as well get on with it.


*Hey, remember when that was raaaaaaacist?  Although it’s kinda nice to see Democrats getting back to their roots.

5 thoughts on “The Andrew Jackson Moment

  1. And just yesterday, news that California is again hauling David Daleiden into court for his Planned Parenthood sting videos. This isn’t going to end well.

  2. Looks like there’s no choice but to ignore the courts from my seat. I don’t even know how that works, or how it’s enforced, or who would do the enforcing.
    But when partisan judges, unelected and in for life can make law or unmake law desired by citizens, something has to give.

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  4. Most everything people know about Indian removal is not true. I’m comfortable with the notion that the whole deal was not the US’ finest hour, BUT

    1. Removal began under the sainted Jefferson. (Oops, I guess he’s not so sainted, these days)
    2. There was certainly land hunger and bad dealing among many of the whites, but the central issue was the existence of independent political entities within the United States. Jackson believed that was impossible- and if one would notice this was perfectly consistent with his anti-nullification stance Also Jackson was not an Indian hater- he thought their culture was inferior- as did prettty much every other white person in the world. I’d argue that their culture WAS inferior- the Cherokee did develop writing but only after extensive interaction with whites. Many of the leaders of southeastern tribes ( Major Ridge, Stand Waite, Alexander McGivillray, and John Ross) were half breeds- Ross looked as white as Granny Warren.
    3. Cherokee removal took place within the context of a Cherokee civil war- the Ridge party vs the Ross party. The personal animosity between Ross and Jackson played a part, too.
    4. Finally most people (and I would include most HS history teachers- I know this , because I am one) have very little conception of what Indian culture was all about. There was much that admirable in Indian cultures, but they were Stone Age warrior societies incredible brave but incredibly cruel. Of course what I just wrote is hate speech.

    • You’re doing noble work as a HS history teacher, though I don’t know how you can stand it. The kids I get in freshman history are not, shall we say, serious scholars… but at least I can read them the riot act about wasting their parents’ money / my time, acting like adults, etc. And still I have to drag a lot of them over the finish line (=passing) or I’ll get fired. I can’t imagine how frustrating it must be for you.

      Oh, and at least I get more discretion about what I have to teach. I mention Indian Removal for about five minutes, because I have no desire to perpetuate Noble Savage myths, and debunking them would take an entire semester or more. So I cover it as a minor incident in Jackson’s tenure and move on.

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