The Jacksonian Democratic Party

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When George Henry Evans cited the unalienable rights of the Declaration of Independence and that, “’to secure these rights’ against the undue influence of other classes of society, prudence… dictates the necessity of the organization of a party, who shall…prevent dangerous combinations to subvert these indefeasible and fundamental privileges”, he called for a party to become the sentinel of the original American democracy. And for many, the Jacksonian Democratic Party filled that role. The Democrats, who pursued a democracy that entailed economic and social independence for the common citizen, faced harsh opposition from the Whig Party in the Second American Party System. But apart from the political tensions of the era, the mid-1800’s…show more content…
But Daniel Webster’s response postulates that the veto message “sows…the seeds of jealousy and ill-will against the government of which its author is the official head” and that it “puts forth claims to powers heretofore unknown and unheard of”. However, given the vast amount of influence the government had in the bank, the President would have had equally vast power. Additionally, these “powers heretofore unknown and unheard of” must also apply to the establishment of a National Bank, which on several occasions has been accused of being a grossly unconstitutional use of federal power. Therefore, Jackson’s actions indeed represented honorable goals of economic equality. In the same vein, the Charles River Bridge vs. Warren Bridge Supreme Court Case highlighted the benefits of laissez-faire economics, a fundamental principle of the Democrats. Chief Justice Roger B. Taney’s declared that, “while the rights of private property are sacredly guarded, we must not forget, that the community also have rights, and that the happiness and well-being of every citizen depends on their faithful preservation”, justifying limited government intrusion in the
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