Andrew Jackson a Hero to Trump Supporters

Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) describes how Donald Trump supporters in his state and elsewhere harken back to the populism of President Andrew Jackson (in a speech that shows far more policy knowledge than your typical Trump speech). The speech is brimming with resentment at Obama's foreign policy and undefined "elites." And yet he takes a … Continue reading Andrew Jackson a Hero to Trump Supporters

Trump Echoes Demagogues and Would-be Dictators

The rise of Donald Trump to be the Republican front-runner recalls other demagogues in American history:"Pitchfork" Ben Tillman, governor of South Carolina and later senator; Alabama Governor George Wallace, who ran for president in 1964, 1968 and 1972 on a platform of racist backlash to civil rights for African Americans;  Gen. Douglas MacArthur, who contemplated a military … Continue reading Trump Echoes Demagogues and Would-be Dictators

‘Your Wife is a Bigamist!’ — Campaign Accusation in 1828 Against Andrew Jackson

"The dishonor of dirtiest presidential campaign in history goes to the Andrew Jackson/John Quincy Adams contest of 1828." writes Larry Schwartz in Salon.com. "...Jackson squeaked by Adams in 1824 winning the popular vote, but failed to gather the necessary majority of electoral votes. Jackson took the entire Southwest, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and the Carolinas, 11 … Continue reading ‘Your Wife is a Bigamist!’ — Campaign Accusation in 1828 Against Andrew Jackson

Andrew Jackson Populism Should Resonate With Voters in 2016, Jim Webb Says

"If you look at our recovery, you will see that if you hold stocks - I hold stocks - you're doing fairly well under this recovery. The stock market has almost tripled since April of 2009. If you are simply a typical wage-earning American, you haven't really done that well. Wages actually are flat and … Continue reading Andrew Jackson Populism Should Resonate With Voters in 2016, Jim Webb Says