I’ve just started dipping into Robert V. Remini’s massive (and likely definitive) three-volume biography of a certain president to whom Donald Trump likes to compare himself. This bit comes after Remini, writing from the seventies’, before Trump was even a twinkle in post-modernity’s eye, strongly suggests that Andrew Jackson’s force-of-nature personality might, indeed, have found a solution short of secession and war for the great divide that became the Civil War (for which suggestion Trump took a great deal of ridicule some months back). Democrats, the media, Special Counsels and Never Trumpers would do well to remember it as they surround Trump yet again some time next week, only to find themselves–for the twenty-ninth month running–surrounded in turn a few days later.
From page 9:
“I could throw him three times out of four,” said one classmate (of Jackson), “but he would never stay throwed.”
(Andrew Jackson and the Course of American Empire: 1767–1821, Robert V. Remini, 1977)
Me, I’m still too depressed to think real thoughts.
But I know the path to some good advice when I see it:
Stop expecting Jackson’s philosophical and spiritual heir to STAY THROWED!
The bio runs to 1600 pages. Assuming I discard this funk, I expect to finish it before 2020.