“The election of this man as President filled him with ‘smoldering dread.’ He believed that the worst said about this man was all too true. He had not only lied but had been caught in that lie, and the great majority of voters didn’t care.”
President Donald Trump? No. It is an excerpt from a new book describing how Henry Clay felt about the election of President Andrew Jackson, 190 years ago. The book by David and Jeanne Heidler is a vivid look back at the life of one of America’s greatest political figures.
BY JOHN FEEHERY Reprinted from TheFeeheryTheory.com
First published in The Hill.
Andrew Jackson was our nation’s first populist president.
He ran against the moneyed Eastern Establishment and abolished the Second Bank of the United States.
Jackson also was the only president to pay off our national debt. Soon after erasing the debt and squashing the national bank, an early version of the Federal Reserve, the American economy went into a severe depression.We have never paid off our national debt again. Continue reading →