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Trump’s Patron Saint

The elementary school tier social studies class connection made between the two leaders is “populism,” which because it is so true cannot be condemned for its simplicity. But in a way it is so much more than that. Populism as a historiographic term in the United States is just a sterile way of referring to the political opinions of non-elite White Americans. It’s not implicit Whiteness; it is Whiteness. Its values of Manifest Destiny, anti-elitism, and irreverence for political or governmental norms which are seen as harmful, are largely consistent among the more folkish of the American body politic across our history.

During the Obama years, the legacy of President Andrew Jackson, a Democrat, came under considerable fire. The administration wanted him off the twenty-dollar bill, and the popular perception of Jackson became that he was a genocidal, racist, slave-holding bigot. As a White male president, his credentials as a good person historically were severely questioned relative to our present-day values even without his political legacy. One would not have a hard time finding a millennial who could tell them he was the worst or their least favorite president.

Well until President Donald Trump at least.

Trump, by the way, has taken a very different approach to the legacy and ritualized memory of Jackson. He has added a bust and portrait of Jackson to the Oval Office, and has likened himself to the former president on multiple occasions.

The elementary school tier social studies class connection made between the two leaders is “populism,” which because it is so true cannot be condemned for its simplicity.  But in a way it is so much more than that. Populism as a historiographic term in the United States is just a sterile way of referring to the political opinions of non-elite White Americans. It’s not implicit Whiteness; it is Whiteness. Its values of Manifest Destiny, anti-elitism, and irreverence for political or governmental norms which are seen as harmful, are largely consistent among the more folkish of the American body politic across our history.

Jackson gave voice to the idea that the United States was a country for free White persons of good character quite explicitly. All White men were granted voting rights under his presidency and he expanded the land in the country available to Whites via his Indian Removal policies. This was the Democratic platform centuries ago, clearly out of sync with its current namesake, which imports non-whites into the United States for electoral, economic, and pseudo-moral reasons that serve the interests of a managerial elite.

Trump operates in a much less free space than Jackson in terms of the ability of the government to act on pro-White interests, and so his inclinations are more muted, yet perhaps even more radical by today’s standards than Jackson’s were seen as in his own time. Trump wanting to ban travel from a few Muslim majority countries for a few months gets him in trouble with the media and the courts. Jackson wanting to internally deport Indian tribes from the Southeast to the Midwest got him in trouble with the media and the courts.

Trump’s recent visit to Jackson’s tomb in Tennessee was thus very powerful symbolically. He laid a wreath at the The Hermitage and saluted his distant  predecessor. It was also a major snub to his more immediate predecessor, Obama, whose own legacy will be blotted out from history at the rate Trump is moving. Iconoclasm is going to continue to ravage the American civil religion for the foreseeable future.

The timing couldn’t be better, as it also came at the same time a judge in Hawaii blocked Trump’s executive order, the so-called “Muslim ban,” on the grounds that it wasn’t a nice thing for him to do. (Presidents have the right to deny any class of foreigners entry to the United States, in case you were wondering). When Jackson was in office, he defied the courts when they tried to block his policies, and had the Indians physically removed, so to speak. Trump faces a similar quagmire as a handful of non-elected leftist activist judges are attempting to block the results of the election (his policies). “Let Hawaii enforce its decision,” should be his response. What right have a few Polynesian rocks to determine the whether foreign Muslims may access the entire territory of the United States? Hawaii’s right to block federal control over our borders is a legal fiction. The Founding Fathers of our nation never intended for this.

In Trump we have a watered-down Andrew Jackson. But in the White House, Jackson is literally watching over him. It would seem Trump has a patron saint. Hopefully he is of great guidance.

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Mad Gadfly
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I’ve always liked the Trump/Jackson comparison. In a way, they are cut from similar cloth. I consider Jackson to be the first actual American president (his predecessors being more English in either birth or manner). Similarly, Trump is the definition of Americana, much like Old Hickory. He is brash, confrontational, and carries himself with a swagger that has eluded most of our previous statesmen (yes, even the fake Texan GWB). Trump honoring Jackson in this way is symbolic.

Albionic American
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Obama, whose own legacy will be blotted out from history at the rate Trump is moving

It must suck for this lost child of race-mixing to realize that we’ll just pretend from now on that his “presidency” never happened. Historians a few centuries from now will discover a mysterious eight-year gap in American chronology in the early 21st Century, and the Alex Jones types of the era will concoct conspiracy theories to try to fill the mysterious void in time.

Alex Harris
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No, we must never forget about Obama. His presidency should be a cautionary tale to all our descendants, from now until the end of time. All our posterity must remember the time we went so stark raving mad, that we installed a negro as the leader of the most powerful nation in the history of man. And they must be thoroughly educated on the root causes of that madness.

American Spartan
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I hope he ODs on coke when the spotlight is no longer on him.

Albionic American
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the popular perception of Jackson became that he was a genocidal, racist, slave-holding bigot

Generations of white American women married men like Jackson and bore these men’s children because they considered them good husband material; these men held sensible values and demonstrated the strength necessary to protect their families in a harsh and dangerous world.

Yet in a handful of years, apparently, white American women changed their minds about the character they wanted in a husband, and white men with traditional beliefs and virtues like Jackson’s became sexual rejects. How did this happen, exactly?

ThomasER916
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The only problem is they’re allowed to live.

Demontage2000
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Mass media, television, and the post-1960s New Left. For the role of media, I defer to McLuhan’s theory of the impact of television on the mind. He claimed that the hippie culture of the 1960s was a consequence of their being the first television generation.

Yehudah Finkelstein
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I am sure Trump feels affinity with Andrew Jackson, a fellow Scot and aristocrat who like Trump connected greatly with the common man.

Alex Harris
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You never answered me in a previous thread, Yehudah. You typed, “G-D”. Are you a jew?

Yehudah Finkelstein
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Yes 😉

Alex Harris
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“Yes *wink*” Let’s see… This is like that poison riddle in “The Princess Bride”. You could be a “goy”, just posting ironically under a jewish name, but then you probably wouldn’t have typed “G-D”, so that leads me to believe you are a jew. But when asked if you are a jew, you reply in the affirmative with an ironic wink, so that leads me to believe you are an ironic “goy”. Or, you could actually be a jew, trying to use reverse-psychology on me to make me think you’re an ironic “goy”. Clearly, I cannot drink from the goblet… Read more »
Alex Harris
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Congrats on your infamy.

“In the days leading up to the election, Trump propaganda bots
outnumbered Clinton propaganda bots five to one. Since then, bot armies have been programmed to spread conspiracy theories about a made-up Democratic pedophile ring known as Pizzagate.”

Yeah, that sounds like two sentences composed of unmitigated BS.

“‘FYI, this account is a racist impersonating a Jew to defame Jews’ in a reply to accounts like Yehuda Finkelstein’s.”

FYI, this “hate-crime” was perpetrated by a jew impersonating a “racist” to defame “racists”.

Yehudah Finkelstein
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I actually got that Jew Bot to leave me alone. How? The day Craig Sager (some NBA reporter) died, I intentionally replied to Tweets sending condolences to Sager. The bot constantly replied some Jewish bullshit to me and NBA fanboy normies. I reported all the bot’s replies to Twitter and within a few hours it just left me alone.

Albionic American
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The Scots have always valued the United States as their second home. They don’t treat this country as a disposable the way the Jews do.