Oh, we've made mistakes as all human societies do, but America has been the driving force for freedom in the world. When she is weakened, as we sadly see today, not only America but the world suffers.
This week we're talking about Andrew Jackson, a great military man and a strong President who was determined to see the United States take its place as a leader in the world. Love him or hate him, no one can question his love of country and his willingness to devote his life to the cause.
Born of Scots-Irish immigrants and made an orphan at the age of thirteen, he joined the Continental Army at that early age and was captured in combat. While serving his time under lock and key, he offered to polish the boots of an English officer and was rewarded with a slice to the cheek by the officer, a mark he bore for the rest of his life.
I will leave it there as I hope you will want to listen to us tonight. Johnny Reb will focus on Jackson's loss in his first Presidential election in 1824 only to win four years later against the man who earlier defeated him, President John Quincy Adams. We will also briefly talk about the biggest blemish on his record, the Trail of Tears, then his efforts to strengthen the Presidency. Next, we will then turn the lead over to Billy Yank as we'll talk about Jackson's suspicion of a large federal bank and his efforts to shut it down. Billy, despite the misfortune of his Yankee background (just kidding, Billy), has a good grasp on all things financial and his comments will be both historically interesting and appropriate to the current times with banks being too big to fail.
We'll close with my Howard Beale moment about what is bugging me. I was surprised to find that the closing portion seems to get lots of interest out there so I don't want to disappoint anyone.
I hope you'll join us live at 9 ET tonight. If not, the show will be available on demand within twenty minutes of its completion. Here's the link, good for preview and the show: