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Harkness Notes Question: Did Andrew Jackson advance or hinder the cause of Democracy?> THIS is le fantastic farwell speech❖On the stanford.edu website, they define democracy in 4 simple parts1.A political system for choosing and replacing the government through free and fair elections. 2.The active participation of the people, as citizens, in politics and civic life.3. Protection of the human rights of all citizens.4. A rule of law, in which the laws and procedures apply equally to all citizens.Advanced Spoils system ❖The Spoils System allowed for people to be supportive of their own political party and allowed more people to be involved in the government based on who wins the election.➢It allowed for new thoughts to be processed through the government since old representatives were taken out. The new ideas coming in voiced new opinions from the people themselves.❖“In deliberating, therefore, on these interesting subjects local feelings and prejudices should be merged in the patriotic determination to promote the great interests of the whole.” Jackson's First Annual Message from Congress➢We should include new citizens into the government and give them a say because they will help the government cater to the people as a whole, allowing the US to speak on the behalf of everyone and give everyone what they want. this does prove that Jackson did advance the cause of democracy because of the fact that Jackson wanted the “ common man” to actively participate in the government.Bank ❖Jackson had vetoed the bank and that was only because he was fighting for the common man because he thought that the bank only benefitted the upper classmen ❖Before Jackson had vetoed the Bank many of the people thought that it was a monster and wanted it to be eliminated because they thought the bank’s first priority was profit and not public service. but then after it was vetoed many people went against what Jackson did. Jackson wanted to do what the people wanted and he thought that what hebelieved was probably what America wanted because he was a representative of the common man. ❖In Jackson’s veto message regarding the bank on July 10, 1832 he states that the bank is “subversive of the rights of the States, and dangerous to the liberties of the people” so by taking the bank away he was looking out for the people because he believed that the bank is unconstitutional and takes away the rights of the states and
freedoms of the people because it took away from the state banks and people thought it was unnecessary power to the federal government.❖From his veto message, “Should the stock of the bank principally pass into the hands of the subjects of a foreign country, and we should unfortunately become involved in a war with that country, what would be our condition….. Controlling our currency, receiving our public moneys, and holding thousands of our citizens