Saturday, January 21, 2017
In January of 2016, Walter Russell Mead penned this essay, Andrew Jackson, Revenant. Read the whole thing, but here are four quick excerpts:
Jacksonian populism, the sense of honor-driven egalitarianism and fiery nationalism that drove American politics for many years, has never been hated and reviled as often as it is today, and many American academics and intellectuals (to say nothing of Hollywood icons) are close to demanding that Jacksonian sentiment be redefined as a hate crime.
It is hard for Jacksonians to mobilize politically. Neither party really embraces a Jacksonian agenda. Combining a suspicion of Wall Street, a hatred of the cultural left, a love of middle class entitlement programs, and a fear of free trade, Jacksonian America has problems with both Republican and Democratic agendas.
Donald Trump, for now, is serving as a kind of blank screen on which Jacksonians project their hopes.
The biggest story in American politics today is this: Andrew Jackson is mad as hell, and he’s not going to take it anymore.