Hillary Rodham Clinton History Waiting in the Wings
North Central Texas College
Sigrid Manon de Nijs
US History 1865 11:00 T-TR
Professor Pat Ledbetter
18 April 2009
Hillary Rodham Clinton: History Waiting in the Wings
The debate about the heart of President Andrew Jackson still goes on in today’s conundrum of ideologies. Jackson’s leadership became the rise of the common man as a supreme political force in an experimental country. Although he, at times, was a conundrum, it is understandable; he became a determined, principled man from his childhood experiences.
His Scottish-Irish father died before he was born and left his Irish mother to raise three boys by herself in the frontier days. This equated to the inheritance of fighting the British, as his grandfather had in Ireland, which Jackson displayed when he joined the American patriots at twelve. He continued his war-like nature as he became older. Nevertheless, his contrasting nature shows by his deep, humanist devotion to his wife, Rachael Jackson.
Jackson won his first run at the presidency with the electoral vote and the popular vote; however, he did not have the majority vote. Thus, when he discovered that he had lost the presidency to a conspiracy, he expanded the political rights of the common man by the promotion of suffrage to cover all white, male men. Currently, this suffrage looks limited; however, in those days, this was a dramatic expansion of the right to vote.
He was also a veteran of knowledge about the natural man, and his inner true light guided him. Jackson became a national hero and the seventh president of the United States of America. A few weeks after he won the election his wife, Rachael, died and left him to run the US by himself without the guidance of a gentler person by his side (Remini 169). Today, Jacksonian Democracy is a complex mixture of ideologies.
This Jacksonian philosophy comes from a pure sustenance for the common man. In the first days of his office, he pledged to rotate personnel in government offices, get rid of national debt (against Hamilton beliefs), balance tariffs, move the Indians to the west of the Mississippi River, get rid of the Bank of the US, and reform the Second Bank of the US.
During Jackson’s first term in office, as president, his first veto out of twelve was the Mayhill Road Bill, which would have enhanced the building of the west frontier and made the Northeast merchants happy (Remini 161).
The next item of the Jacksonian principals was that of national jurisdiction contrasting statehood authority. In the case Georgia vs. Cherokee Nation, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Cherokee Nation for their right to stay in Georgia. At the time of this decision, the Supreme Court did not have the ‘supreme’ authority that it has today. Jackson, being the man that he was, entitled the state of Georgia their rights and said, “Well, [Chief Justice] John Marshall has rendered his opinion; now let him enforce it” (Remini 216) This is an archetypical Jacksonian declaration.
In the years of Jackson, he would sign over ninety Indian treaties, which the government now and then honored; the final Indian policy Jackson was involved in was the “Trail of Tears.” This was the “Removal Policy” in the end when thousands of Cherokee Indians died in the process of moving.
Before Jackson was president, he had been a ruthless warrior; and earlier in the history of the colonies, there had been numerous Indian tribes, which had vanished in New England, New York, and Pennsylvania, some from disease, others at the hands of Anglo-Americans. Jackson himself lived through these times and witnessed these events. As well as, Jacksons adopted, Indian Creek, son had died at sixteen, of tuberculosis, prior to his wife’s death to the rise of Jackson’s presidency (Remini 169). In addition, with the Anglo hunger for land, the president’s Scottish-Irish instinct knew that the Anglo neighbors would kill the Indians if the Cherokees would have stayed in the Georgia areas (Wiletz 68).
One of Jackson pet peeves was his unshakable decisions concerning the Hamiltonian idea of debt. He believed that a few individuals should not monopolize the government; who, at the time, were wealthy landowners, the lone group of people with the right to vote and by organizations as the National Bank, which he fought to abolish.
He also issued the proclamation of the “Specie Circular,” and ‘hard’ money (gold-silver) could purchase government land. Jackson planned to abolish the National Bank, and he began to deposit money into state ‘pet banks’; therefore, it was the first time in federal government history that a surplus existed. Notwithstanding, Jackson single-handed and with tremendous opposition from powerful individuals reformed the way the United States Bank operated (Remini 163).
While there are many controversial issues about the policies of President Jackson, his ideologies and actions have had a profound effect on how the US government operates today. There are too many items to list to the Jacksonian principles,
Today, Hillary Rodham Clinton is one the government officials that has incorporated these ideologies. The courage of Jackson is comparable to that of this woman. The former first lady of the US during the William Clinton administration has been involved with politics in a unique way.
In the beginning of her tenure as First Lady, she was involved with the formulation of the ill-fated health plan under her husband’s, Bill Clinton, administration (Cowart). Although the plan was defeated in Congress, Ms. Clinton defended her position of the health plan with conviction in front of the American public as no other wife of a president had.
In addition, she stood by her husband, President Clinton, after a scandal with the “improper relationship” with Monica Lewinsky. This incident did not stop her tenacity similar to, “Old Hickory,” Jackson, after her husband’s term in office, she ran for the US Senate in the State of New York. Moreover, this was against Rudy Giuliani, former Mayor of New York City and a favorite among New Yorkers.
Even some of her constituents painted her as a “carpetbagger” because she was not indigenous to the state, nor did Ms. Clinton reside in New York prior to the elections (Nagourney). Ms. Clinton had the vigor to go head-to-head with Giuliani and to become the first former First Lady to win a seat in Congress.
It was barely eight months into her tenure when New York experienced the devastating attack on American soil when Al-Qaeda terrorists flew two commercial planes into the World Trade Center, in downtown New York, on September 11, 2001. Ms. Clinton moved swiftly to obtain funding for the recovery effort and made many other efforts to ensure that the city and the state managed to cope with the attack. This event might explain her support for the invasion of the Iraq and Afghanistan.
During her second term, Hillary Rodham Clinton vied for the Democratic ticket for the presidency of the US. Nevertheless, it was a close race with Barack Obama; the campaign was intense, and, at some points, the campaign threatened to take a racial turn, which both leading candidate strived to avoid. At the end of the campaign, Obama had garnered the the majority of support. Nevertheless, Ms. Clinton had run the most successful presidential campaign by an American woman in history.
Ms. Clinton continues to serve with similar courage and dignity, which describes Jacksonian style to a tee. It takes courage to take a stand and to defend your position regardless of the voices of the detractors.
Furthermore, it is easy to see why the Obama cabinet would choose Hillary Rodham Clinton for the Secretary of Defense. She has the dignity, the poise, and the courage to look someone in the eyes and know how to handle difficult circumstances. Clinton is able to asses a situation with a keen sense. She can judge the state of affairs from the perspective be it manifest destiny, be it good for the nation, be it good for humanity, or be it war. She is a woman on a mission. Clinton is a capable leader with fearless courage as Secretary of Defense, and with Jacksonian principals, she meets history boldly as it is waiting in the wings.
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