He is, in many opinions, one of the worst presidents of American history due to the sheer qualities of his presidency. A slave owner, an advocate for slavery itself, and behind the immoral and practical genocide of the Native American tribes, Andrew Jackson was a rather heavy-handed and cold-hearted President. But, we don’t recall him in general history as this. We remember him as a ‘war hero’, a man who beat his failed assassin to death with his cane. We remember a cruel bastard as “America’s Badass”.
In the last post, we discussed Christopher Columbus, Marco Polo, the fall of the Aztec and Inca Empires, and the terrible diseases that plagued the New World. However, now that this New World, the Americas, have been “discovered”, it’s about time that European societies get interested. Up until this point in time, Europeans saw these two continents as nothing but a burden, obstacles in the way to easy trading markets in China and India. To understand the colonization of America, we have to understand the colonial movements of some of the important European powers.
The United States State Department recently attempted to “stay hip” while “informing the general public” through a string of incredibly awkward and rather offensive tweets on their social media platform. It almost seems as if an unpaid intern just decided to say “fuck it” and gave up his prestigious position ghostwriting the State Department’s Twitter account in order to send out awkward Spring Break tips. And when I say AWKWARD, I really mean AWKWARD.
Republicans were, then not now, the party of Lincoln — many progressives that believed in change for society, usually for good. The fact that people like Paul Ryan can even dare claim that the Republicans today are the party of Lincoln makes our 16th President roll in his grave. The Democratic Party, on the other hand, was a racist and vile group of political exorcism that only shaped up under people like Harry Truman and Lyndon B. Johnson, political machines that knew that they needed to change their outlooks to gain minority votes. Slavery existed under southern Democrats, most segregationists were those who switched from the Democratic side to the Republican side after the votes were counted. The concept of, you know, actual reform and humanity tends to shoo those sorts of people away.
Progressive mayors took the lead in many key urban cities – such as Cleveland, Toledo, and Los Angeles. Progressive representatives and senators quickly made their way into Congress, allowing for a more represented government to shape before the one-percent’s eyes. Progressives sought to enable the citizenry to rule more directly and circumvent political bosses, and through this race for government reformation they were able to leave a dent on how Americans worked.
Rafael Edward “Ted” Cruz, the Canadian-born American Senator from Texas, has made leaps and bounds in the late stages of the 2016 Republican primaries. The very first to jump into the crowded clown car of the race, Ted Cruz is (essentially) the 2016 equivalent to 2008’s Huckabee and 2012’s Santorum. That’s right, he’s not an actual politician. He’s a joke candidate. Not one of entertainment values, like Donald Trump, but of his so-far-right religious extremism and radical intentions revolving around, well, faith and fear.
Today’s the day, ladies and gentlemen! The first real primaries that actually show us a trend in national politics. The Iowa Caucus isn’t really a primary, it’s a Republican circle jerk for who is the most religious of them all. In 2008 Huckabee won, in 2012 Santorum won, and in 2016 Cruz won. So, yeah, we all know what happens to the people elected in Iowa on the Republican side: they don’t win. They’re usually Pastor-In-Chiefs who are “too religious” for a general election. On the Democratic side, on the other hand, Iowa seemed to give up. A literal tie that was solved with a coin flip (I guess money can buy anything in politics), we didn’t really learn anything. Here are my predictions…
If you attempt to argue that America lost this “war”, you would have little to no evidence. While it is true the Soviets in Russia during this time were the first to send a man into space, America was the first to step on the moon, planting the flag and showing superiority to Russia. Eventually, the Cold War fizzled down and America still held tightly onto its position in the world. Twelve presidents later, and America still grips tightly onto the fact that they are the world cop. But should they? Understand the fact that America, in recent times, cannot even keep their own government open.
They couldn’t really keep the attention of either of their political platforms. Democrats were too busy “Feeling the Bern” or standing with “Her” to notice the small-state governor begging for attention in the corner. Huckabee, on the other hand, fell quickly. He was proud to be in the top three when there was only five candidates on the Republican side. Then, after the clown car of the GOP filled quickly, he was quickly sent down to the kiddie table debates with the candidates that don’t have a snowball’s chance in hell. Rand Paul, when isolated to kiddie table land, decided to skip the debate entirely. Huckabee, on the other hand, just made a fool out of himself.
Now, unlike many of my followers (I’m sure to lose a few due to this post), I am not #ReadyForHillary. From the very beginning of this pre-pre-primary, I’ve shown my support towards Bernie Sanders, a self-proclaimed socialist, United States Senator from Vermont who has won a majority of his career through his Independent yet oh-so-left platform. (Although, comparative to the rest of the world he’s not as left as American media tries to proclaim.)