Hymn Before Action
(by: Rudyard Kipling)
The earth is full of anger,
The seas are dark with wrath;
The Nations in Their Harness
Go up against our path!
Ere yet we loose the legions-
Ere yet we draw the blade,
Jehovah of the Thunders,
Lord God of Battles, aid!…
Lord, grant us strength to die!
This poem was written in 1896, when war was thought to be honorable and necessary. Rudyard Kipling also wrote a poem to honor the machine gun, because it made the business of colonizing that much easier. I do not list the verses to that poem because it is so vicious.
Before we get into Andrew Jackson and his battles against the Native Americans, we should point out one historical discrepancy. Many have heard of the Battle of Hastings in the early Middle Ages. In it, King Harold the Saxon is killed by an arrow through his head, which is listed in history as being launched by the hands of King William the Conquerer, who shot the arrow in the 1100’s. The Saxon people are part of the group that invaded England in the 500’s AD. Over the 500 years of their occupation, they merged with the Anglo’s and succeeded in taking over the nation, which was, under King Arthur, believed to be formed when the eighteen kingships of the Knights of the Round Table, were decimated in battle.
Enter the Plantagenet era. The Plantagenet line was a line of kings who emanated from the loins of King William the Ist. It was a family that was to rule England for five hundred years. Where am I going with this. Well, about ten years ago they found the remains of Richard III, the last Plantagenet king, who was defeated in the War of the Roses, by Henry Tudor, the bastard son of the sitting Plantagenet king. Henry Tudor fought against Richard, if my memory serves me correctly, and killed him. He then made himself the King of England. He declared the Tudors to be the Kings of England.
Here is my problem. In order to identify the remains of King Richard III, it was necessary to do a DNA test by finding a member of the royal line of the Plantagenets. The Windsors, who currently occupy the throne, had to find a direct descendant of William the Conqueror, and they were not it. The man they found was a direct descendant of the Plantagenets, and as such, in my opinion, is the rightful King of England. His line is directly connected to Richard III. The Windsor’s have no direct line to the rightful Kind of England, William the Conqueror.
I just thought some of you might find that fact to be interesting.
Andrew Jackson and his Treatment of Native Americans
The current president likes to compare his presidency to that of Andrew Jackson and there are parallels. Both spoke directly to the people, both thought that they were speaking for the people. Both had a low account of their poorer people, and both were probably, in history, the lowest ranked presidents in History. Andrew Jackson debunked the Bank of the United States because he felt that it was too powerful, much like Mr. Trump and his protection of the wealthy. Mr. Jackson felt that President of the Bank of the United State, Mr. Nicholas Biddle, had too much say over the banking processes of the federal government. He was fired.
What Jackson replaced the bank with, was a slew of smaller banks, including National Banks, which were empowered to make their own national bank currency. There the comparison ends. We have no real idea where Mr. Trump is taking us. President Jackson was very clear in his stated goals. Most of his term was dedicated to furthering the manifest destiny of the United States. He wanted to move the Native Americans and found room for them in the Southwest. Now, early Eastern nations, and they were not tribes, they were nations. They should have been treated as such. Instead they were treated like non-citizens. They had no rights. Jackson just moved them west, leading the Cherokees to travel their “Trail of Tears.” That is how great the deaths were in the forced march out of the Cherokee nation in the Eastern United States. Jackson’s actions killed thousands.
Conversely, the Creek nation in Florida and southern Georgia was wiped out by Jackson militarily. He attacked the Creek towns and villages in force. From November 1813 to March 1814, he had nine separate battles with the Creek people, and many of the dead Creeks were women and children. Native American towns were burned to the ground and hundreds of Creeks were killed. “The end came at the battle of Horseshoe Bend on the Tallapoosa River.” (History of the American People) On March 27, 1814, he fought the Battle of the Tallapoosa River, where he killed, or had killed, over one thousand men, women, and children of the Creek nation. The Mississippi Valley was finally open to American trade. But the cost was too high.
As a result of his victory, he became the head of the American Army in New Orleans. In New Orleans he successfully turned back the British invasion by utilizing the cover of a dried canal and using the muskets like they were automatic rifles. As each soldier readied his musket to fire on the British, he stepped off of the dirt mound in the canal, readied his rifle, and fired when it became his time to fire into the British wall of soldiers. His commanders even told the soldiers to fire at the part of the British uniform that crossed the chest. With such an easy target, he was able to have his men severely kill almost every soldier.
It was a battle fought after the cessation of the war, but it was a decisive victory. The Americans took the ground by doing what they learned to do in the Battle of Concord, Massachusetts. They fought from behind trees, the canal bed, and a brick house in the middle of the battlefield. The victory eventually made the simply dressed General President of the United States. As President, he invited on Inaugural Day, the common man to the White House, much to the chagrin of the people who used the White House as their place of employment. He fired most of them over time, and had the positions filled with friends or friends of friends.
As President, and this is why he is considered a great one, he oversaw the hiring of people that he knew, but who were not tested, as his administration. He used patronage to its greatest level. He worked with President of Texas, Samuel Houston, to solidify the desires of certain Texans, including President Houston, to make Texas a state. Texas became a state by one vote, the vote of the Indiana Senator to the United States Senate. The effort quickly became a movement to include the southwestern states and California as the Manifest Destiny of the United States. What that meant is that the United States, without caring about the Native Americans in its way, was to occupy the United States from the Atlantic to the Pacific Oceans. It was a popular move at the time, and the first cross country railroad was built under the eyes of Abraham Lincoln.
By taking the banks and turning small banks into banks that could do everything, including printing money, he destabilized the banking system to the point that Woodrow Wilson had to start the Federal Reserve System to make the economy solid once again. He was a brilliant general, a far-reaching President, but his administration was filled with holes. That is why I do not share the view that he was a great President.