“The American Revolution was one of the greatest revolutions in the world and I am sorry that Howard Zinn and Noam Chomsky and other idiots are going around deprecating it.” – Murray Bookchin defending the democratic, populist, egalitarian, libertarian, and anti-imperialist traditions of what make up the general American spirit. Bookchin, a man of the Left, was an American Patriot through and through. Americanism and Patriotism should embrace every American whether they were born here or not.
The Barnburners were a faction of authentic Jacksonian Democrats based in New York led by Martin Van Buren who fiercely opposed the expansion of chattel slavery. The Barnburners were the most radical wing of Andrew Jackson’s Democratic Party. They were the political enemies of the big corporations, the big banks, and the corrupt economic systems pushed by Henry Clay’s Whigs and later Abraham Lincoln’s Republicans.
*The Democrats represented a wide range of views but shared a fundamental commitment to the Jeffersonian concept of an agrarian society. They viewed the central government as the enemy of individual liberty. The 1824 “corrupt bargain” had strengthened their suspicion of Washington politics. … Jacksonians feared the concentration of economic and political power. They believed that government intervention in the economy benefited special-interest groups and created corporate monopolies that favored the rich. They sought to restore the independence of the individual—the artisan and the ordinary farmer—by ending federal support of banks and corporations and restricting the use of paper currency, which they distrusted.* – Reading up on the history of the Democratic Party. Though many people in the modern Democratic Party hate Andrew Jackson, some still hold true to the Jacksonian heritage. I have personally decided to leave the Republican Party (which has always been the Party of Powerful Government for the interests of the Rich whether the President was Abraham Lincoln, Ronald Reagan, or George W Bush). Rather than remain outside the two party system, I have elected to begin the process of joining the Party of Jackson. All my favorite Presidents are Democrats so I find it fitting that I join the Democratic Party officially even if I disagree with various existing factions of that Party. The Party of Jackson needs more Jacksonian Democrats even they are in the minority currently.
Should have followed his plan rather than killing around 700,000 Americans in a bloody Civil War and then having messed up race relations ever since.
I no longer consider myself an anarchist though I am not necessarily opposed to an anarchist vision regarding political economy. I find myself being a Jeffersonian philosophically and a Jacksonian Democrat practically. After further examination, I have come to accept that the Constitution that came out of the 1787 convention was superior to the previous Articles of Confederation because the Constitution of 1787 united the states into an unified nation and a common economic market with the abolition of internal tariffs between the various states.
My favorite presidents are all Democrats. They are Andrew Jackson, Martin Van Buren, Andrew Johnson, and Grover Cleveland. They all championed the idea that the American nation should be governed by and for the working class Euro-American male rather than an elite English aristocracy or plutocracy. They all favored the principles of Liberty and Equality over the principles of Authority and Hierarchy. With that being said, I do not identify with either major political party today. Mr. Trump is simply a right-wing nationalist very similar to the Alexander Hamilton’s Federalists, Henry Clay’s Whigs, and Lincoln’s Republicans while Mr. Trump’s opposition tends to be at war with Western Civilization as a whole. Though I am not a fan of Mr. Trump, I find that he is a better alternative to the Anti-West horde.
As for the American Civil War, I believe that Mr. Lincoln caused that conflict but at the same time I reject the idea that secession was the best course of action in response to him. If I lived back then, I would be an Unionist Democrat very similar to Andrew Johnson. I would have opposed the Confederate Democrats who sought to dissolve the Union and I would have opposed the Copperhead Democrats who sought to let it happen. I would also have be critical of the Republicans who wanted to drastically raise tariffs, create a powerful national bank, roll out massive corporate welfare programs, and wanted to enforce their entire political program with a standing army.
At first, only the deep South led by South Carolina seceded from the Union because they wanted to avoid paying Lincoln’s anticipated massive tariff hike. At that point, the federal government could have addressed the situation in such a way to contain the crisis. Instead, Lincoln called for a full scale military invasion of the deep South while also trying to compel Virginia to provide 75,000 soldiers to help in the invasion. Lincoln’s response directly led to the secession of Virginia because they refused to march on South Carolina. With Virginia gone, the entire conflict spun out of control. Like Andrew Johnson, I agree that the Union had to be preserved but the entire conflict was a tragedy. Andrew Johnson was Andrew Jackson a generation later.
Andrew Jackson being a Jeffersonian Democrat opposed high tariffs but believed in the Flag more. When his political enemies raised tariff rates to historically high levels with the Tariff of Abominations, his political allies started a movement in South Carolina to nullify the federal law and to ignore federal jurisdiction. Rather than admiring the rebels in South Carolina, Andrew Jackson threatened to ride South and hang the rebels from the nearest tree for threatening the disunity of the Republic. Andrew Jackson managed to keep South Carolina in the Union while also finding a way to obtain a lower federal tariff. Major success story. Now a generation after when Lincoln got elected on the platform of high tariffs, South Carolina led a secessionist movement leading to the formation of the Confederacy and the bloody Civil War. While Andrew Jackson thought about the good of all, Abraham Lincoln was simply a partisan for Northern industrial tycoons profiting from extreme protectionism and aimed to simply rob Southerners of their prosperity and liberty. Jackson avoided Civil War while Lincoln caused Civil War.
The individual liberty to keep and bear arms as means to protect oneself, one’s family, one’s friends, and one’s community from the tyranny of government (i.e. the police) was at the core of the second amendment when it was originally proposed and championed by the common people. That moral right would have existed regardless if that amendment was ratified or not. Going back the Minute Men of 1775, the primary reason why they were keeping and bearing arms was to keep the police (i.e. the Redcoats) out of their communities.
From a “Law and Order” conservative stand point, the Founding Fathers should be way more offensive than the Black Panthers historically speaking. Also, what Sam Adams and his friends did during the Boston Tea Party (before the revolution exploded) when they hijacked commercial ships, seized millions of dollars corporate property, and then proceeded to destroy that corporate property as a protest against the evils of the corrupt marriage between Big Business and Big Government should be extremely offensive to the modern conservative. If Occupy Wall Street or even some sections of the Tea Party Movement went into NYC Harbor, hijacked several commercial ships, and then proceeded to dump the contents into the water, then we would all hear Sean Hannity and Mark Levin along side Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton calling for the arrest, trial, and execution of these people for treason, terrorism, insurrection, and massive property destruction.
Andrew Johnson was a Jacksonian Democrat who advocated ultra decentralized political economic democratic self-government. He believed that the Union be governed by the ordinary folk politically and economically. He reviled the Southern aristocracy and the Northern plutocracy both. He is often considered one of the worst presidents in history because he was a white populist, a critic of strong energetic government, and a Southern Democrat who vehemently opposed secession believing Unity was better than Disunity. I personally love the man. He helped the nation heal. If the Radical Republicans had their way then the South Eastern United States would have become a permanent military garrison with little to no democratic self-government.