During the Jacksonian era, the people of the United States believed Jackson was a man of his word. His view that he proposed to society was not fulfilled to its full extent. The “Guardians of Democracy” didn’t live up to their name because they were more interested in what their best interests were. In attempt to live up to their word, the Jacksonians failed to provide political democracy, individual liberty, and equality of economic opportunity.
To continue, the Jacksonians so called viewed themselves as the guardians of the United States Constitution but their actions did not back up their words. Jackson abused his power when he started a war with the bank. Once he realized that he couldn’t destroy the bank, he decided to weaken it by removing the government’s from the bank. “Is there no danger to our liberty and independence in a bank that in its nature has so little to bind it to our country? It is to be regretted that the rich and powerful too often bend the acts of government to their selfish purposes.
” (Document B) This was the words he said in his veto message and he thought he was doing what seemed right but was only hurting the country drastically. The country lost a valuable financial institution and had a broken banking system that affected the economy for over a century. He took advantage of their powers, so how could they be called “Guardians of the United States Constitution” if their the ones abusing it.
The Jacksonsonians viewed themselves as guardians of equality of economic opportunity which they also failed to fulfill. Yet, the lower class didn’t have the same privileges as rich people. The government represented the rich more than the poor because they could vote and obviously if they have money, they have more property. In the Declaration it states “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Nowhere in the constitution does it state that property was a main concern to the government.
To add on, in document E, it states “A band of Irishmen of the lowest class came out of Duane Street from the Sixth Ward poll, armed with clubs, and commenced a savage attack upon all….
” This shows that the lower class was treated so differently that they started a commotion hoping that there would be change within society. Moving on, there wasn’t individual liberty to all classes so they also didn’t live up to their word on this. To start off, mostly all of the Jacksonians were slave owners. Even Jackson himself was a slave owner and didn’t have a problem with owning slaves because it was beneficial to his lifestyle. Jackson had mistreated blacks, indians and immigrants. An example would be the trail of tears as shown in Document G.
It’s a picture of the indians which are called cherokee indians and they were forced to go to Oklahoma. Jackson didn’t say anything to the Southerners when they committed this act and therefore he had failed to put his ideals in action. How could he call himself a guardian of liberty when his actions showed otherwise. Andrew contradicted himself and everything he had said about liberty was a lie because he didn’t even follow through with his own words. Lastly, everything that was talked about had to do with political democracy.
Maybe Andrew Jackson meant well when he said everything in his speech but obviously saying and actually doing it is two different things. The way the Jacksonians viewed themselves was actually the opposite of what they showed society. Jacksonian Democracy didn’t live up to their full extent to prove that they were guardians of the United States Constitution, political democracy, individual liberty, and equality of economic opportunity.