Based on Robert V. Remini’s book “The Legacy of Andrew Jackson” the central question of the Jacksonian period focused upon how the doctrines of democracy replaced the doctrines of republicanism in United States. He assure that the Founding Fathers never envisioned that a democracy would result from their deliberations in Philadelphia in 1787.
Jackson feared that the development of powerful central government will jeopardize the freedom of the individual and the sovereign states. Also, he feared that it will generate elitism, which excited the interest and attention of the rich because of the economic benefits it produce. Then, the government will be the tool for the wealthy to increase ...view middle of the document...
Since that he converted into a rabid democrat who passionately believed in the need for majority rule, the right of the people acting through the ballot box to decide “upon all national or general subjects, as well as local.”
During the Jackson presidency, the Democratic party, which was founded at that time and organized around his appeal to the American people, appeared to rest on a moral base. The democratic party from its inception was ostensibly committed to the concerns of the masses of people. Jackson himself always insisted that he spoke for and represented the majority of Americans, that he stood for their interests against the interests of the few, that he resisted the greed and corruption of the wealthy elite.
Unlike many of the Founding Fathers, whose political faith rested squarely on republicanism, Jackson did not fear democratic rule. For Jackson there was never any question that democracy consisted of rule by the majority. He called the electorate to support his cause and join him in his efforts on their behalf. And they responded in overwhelming numbers. Jackson loosed the power of the masses, which never done before in American history.
In justifying his veto of the bill to renew the charter of the Bank of the United States, Jackson wrote: “The authority of the Supreme Court must not be permitted to control the Congress or the Executive when acting in their legislative capacities, but to have only such influence as the force of their reasoning may deserve.” Not only did he deny that the electorate may intrude no more except by amending the Constitution, he also denied that the Supreme Court was the final interpreter of the meaning of the Constitution.
Jackson’s view of the American system of government was far more democratic than the Founding Fathers. He maintained that the people can never be excluded and always remain active in the governing...