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Doesn’t this remind you of 1829? January 14, 2009

Posted by vsap in 2008 Presidential Election, Blogroll, Uncategorized, US Politics.
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Andrew Jackson was so vilified in his second campaign for president (he did not win his first, if you didn’t know) that not even his wife was immune to the barbs of a sitting president and his cronies. Well, he did appear to marry her prior to her receiving a proper divorce from her husband during the rise of a most Victorian of times BUT he was still elected in 1828 and began the Jacksonian era in 1829. 180 years have passed and for whatever has changed, much has not changed.

The history lesson shouldn’t be lost on us, a week prior to Barack Obama’s inauguration as 44th president. I feel an illness that prevailed with John Q. Adams’ supporters after their stunning loss in 1828 to what they saw as a commoner, a wild beast of a man, Andrew Jackson. More recently, it’s the nausea I felt after Bill Clinton’s “victory” over George HW Bush. That sick feeling lasted eight years, not unlike the one anti-Jackson forces felt during his time. The good news might be that Obama is not nearly as crazy as Jackson. The bad news is that he has no where near the character or integrity of that wild beast of a man, a commoner, Andrew Jackson.

The fact is, he wouldn’t be water carrier on Abe Lincoln’s team or FDR’s either. He has no grit like Harry Truman and all the hollow charisma of JFK won’t help him now. That’s all he is, an empty suit, or at least, that’s all he appears to be at the outset of his term. He is good at rhetoric, with teleprompter at hand, but get him on his own and he “ahs” worse than your teenager…or your teenager friend you’d like him to lose. Like those who supported Adams in 1828 , I was in the chorus of naysayers in 2008 who didn’t believe this man was capable of anything tactically good or strategically enduring. I stand on that premise today.

Yet, here is the irony: Regardless of my personal angst and anxiety, he must succeed. I do not believe, but I must hope the man can have the steely character and tenacity of Andrew Jackson;  the unbending love of country that Ronald Reagan possessed; and, the will to protect the nation that George W. Bush has had. More than anything, I want Obama to prove me wrong. I may not show any faith that he can, but I must hope that he will.

So this cusp, this last few days of the Bush Administration, makes me light-headed. It’s like losing a safety net you felt was there. Lots of things were messed up by Bush and the Republicans, but I didn’t worry about sitting outside of my favorite coffee shop, riding the subway or going to the grocery store. I won’t feel that confident on January 20, 2009.

The difference between 1829 and 2009 isn’t that men are less petty or shrill or more dignified and sophisticated, although it may appear so on the surface. It’s true, the majority have allowed political correctness to blind them to the truth. Andrew Jackson was a “common man” with a vision for America who could not be elected today. Obama is not a common man and he is possessed of empty rhetoric and no agenda to change anything the way he pontificated during the campaign, and, yet, was elected.

Still, I hope he will succeed in protecting and defending this great nation. I hope that as broke down and retreaded as his cabinet is, somehow good decisions will be made, that they will not compromise this great nation with political correctness and handing over decisions to international entities that have no business speaking for We The People. We are the strongest mation in the world, by the grace of Almighty God, and the sooner we acknowledge it and act like it (again) the better. But it is not for one man to bring us back to faith, it is all of us pulling together.

Obama is not the one who has given me faith that he can succeed. God will bless us if we turn back to Him, no matter who sits in the White House. Let’s pray we can get this country back in order through praise and thanksgiving and then we will look back on these times as a valley we walked together holding onto the Lord, not the frail hands of a man.

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