May 2, 2017

More Trump Apologia from the Atlantic

My lefty friends are all aflutter over President Trump's Andrew Jackson comments. I awoke to a fusillade (is that the word I am looking for?) of smarmy memes about what an idiot he was and he didn't know when the Civil War started and he has fake plaques at his golf club and . . . the Syrian bombing ispired less chatter among the chattering classes! What the hell did he say?

I looked it up and would say he has more confidence in our seventh president than I. But that is not an impeachable event, last I checked.

I harbor grave doubts that the posters are hip to much antebellum history. It was a favorite period of mine. I'm not a scholar of anything, but give me five Jeopardy questions on Clay, Calhoun, and Jackson and I will wipe the floor with my smug progressive posters.

Did you say something about The Atlantic, jk? Why yes. They surprisingly have posted a column by Andrew Exum that -- while not a love letter -- is, well I'll let the title speak for itself: "What Trump Gets Right--and Progressives Get Wrong--About Andrew Jackson." Et tu Atlanticio?

This is why Trump is not wholly wrong, albeit in his rambling way, when he speaks of Jackson saving the Union--not during the Civil War, of course, but three decades earlier. That was no small achievement. It was, indeed, the ultimate achievement of the founding fathers and the generation that followed them. Contemporary progressives, however, apparently see little to celebrate in such achievements. And if Jackson has fallen out of popular favor among the elites, well, the University of Virginia among others should be growing uneasy, because it's only a matter of time before Jefferson, Madison, and many others also fall from grace.
The whole (short) piece is quite worthy of a read. Well done, Atlantic.

Trump Revolution Posted by John Kranz at May 2, 2017 5:18 PM
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