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- Anyhow, during his administration J.Q. proposed a
strong nat’list policy [Clay’s American System] that
included protective tariffs, a nat’l bank, and internal
improvements. J.Q. believed that the gov’t should play an
99 active role in the economy, education, science, and the
- However, J.Q. stunk as a politician, and the Democrats
made it all worse by sabotaging him at each opportunity.
So basically he got nothing done. And then came the…
*The Election of 1828 and Andrew Jackson’s First Term*
- In the Presidential Election of 1828, poor J.Q. was up
against all the rabid Jackson supporters who had been
waiting for their revenge. Mudslinging was the order of
the day [think modern campaign tactics], but e/t the NRs
were able to attack Rachel Jackson as a bigamist [don’t
ask] Jackson creamed them.
- As proved by Jackson’s mass-produced campaign
stickers and stuff [a first] and his extensive, nat’l level
campaign work, the sit-back-and-be-elected era had
definitely ended and the time of popular movements had
begun. “Old Hickory” had to first well-organized nat’l
party in US history.
- So what did Jackson do when he became President? Well, like Jefferson, he managed the tricky task of
strengthening the executive branch’s power even
while reducing federal power as a whole by: (1)
relying on a “Kitchen Cabinet” of his political
friends instead of his official one, (2) rewarding his
followers and confronting his enemies, and (3)
rotating officeholders [spoils system] to keep
Democrats in office. On the limiting the gov’t side, Jackson vetoed
nat’list programs, such as the Maysville Road
Bill (1830), declaring them unconstitutional. 100 - Jackson was very anti-elitist and all [reformer in sense
that he returned gov’t to majority rule] but he was also
very egotistical in his claims to represent the people –
something that infuriated his opponents, who pointed out
that he was corrupting the gov’t through the spoils
system and called him “King...
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- Fall '10