Wise words from Andrew Jackson

Still being short on writing time (it is still a school weekend, after all), I’m taking the easier route and sharing someone else’s words. I’d previously shared this quote from our 7th President, Andrew Jackson, as on January 31 of last year to make the beginning of the presidential primary season. It seems worthwhile, and meaningful, to share it again as we wrap up the inaugural weekend of Donald Trump’s tenure as the 45th President of the United States. I think it provides food for thought regarding both how he came to be elected, and how he is very likely to be undone.

“It is to be regretted that the rich and powerful too often bend the acts of government to their selfish purposes. Distinctions in society will always exist under every just government. Equality of talents, of education, or of wealth can not be produced by human institutions. In the full enjoyment of the gifts of Heaven and the fruits of superior industry, economy, and virtue, every man is equally entitled to protection by law; but when the laws undertake to add to these natural and just advantages artificial distinctions, to grant titles, gratuities, and exclusive privileges, to make the rich richer and the potent more powerful, the humble members of society — the farmers, mechanics, and laborers — who have neither the time nor the means of securing like favors to themselves, have a right to complain of the injustice of their government. There are no necessary evils in government. Its evils exist only in its abuses. If it would confine itself to equal protection, and, as Heaven does its rains, shower its favors alike on the high and the low, the rich and the poor, it would be an unqualified blessing.”

Image bowrrowed from history.com

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