Friday, February 17, 2006

Does any contemporary politician have a little Andy Jackson in him?

The Weekly Standard's Dean Barnett gives a favorable review to H.W. Brands's "Anderw Jackson: His Life and Times." Barnett says the country would benefit during these current times from a leader who knows emperically that you sometimes have to fight for your country:

While honoring Indian fighting may seem offensive to some modern-day political sensibilities, there is no denying Jackson's accomplishments. He is the Godfather of our democracy as surely as Washington is the father of our country. Jackson's life is perhaps best summed up by a famous George Orwell quote that modern day Marines cherish: "People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf."

Good read for Old Hickory fans, detractors or those who just enjoy good history. (Barnett provides a good description of Jackson's duel with Charles Dickinson). Read it all.


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