“Artificial Distinctions…To Make The Rich Richer”— Andrew Jackson On Immigration?

James Webb,
in his fascinating and illuminating
book, "Born
Fighting: How the Scots-Irish Shaped America",

notes that "The Scots-Irish culture has to date
produced at least a dozen other Presidents…but Old
Hickory (Andrew Jackson, President from 1828 to 1836)
remains in a class by himself."


World Book
describes Jackson (1767-1845) as

first president born in a log cabin. Earlier presidents
had come from well-to-do families. Jackson, the son of

Scotch-Irish immigrants,
became an orphan at 14. He
grew up on the frontier of the Carolinas. Then he moved
to Tennessee, where he became a successful lawyer and
landowner. Jackson won

as an Indian fighter and as a

general in the War of 1812.
He was nicknamed `Old
Hickory` because of his

….Jackson made the presidency a more
powerful office, though still subject to the will of the
people. As president, he disapproved of many actions by
Congress and vetoed 12 bills, more than all previous
presidents combined."

Jackson represented the West
and the new surge for exploration and personal freedom
from elite domination. He embodied this in his actions,
particularly the veto of the

Second National Bank, run
by Philadelphia patrician
Nicholas Biddle.  Webb rightly says that Jackson`s

of his veto action was
memorable and might apply to many aspects of American
society today.

`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 make the

rich richer and the potent more powerful
humble members of our society–the

farmers, mechanics, and laborers
–who have neither
the time nor the means of securing favors to themselves,
have the right to complain of the injustice of their

“There are no
necessary evils in government.  Its evils exist only in
it abuses.`" 

As the government, bribed by
business and abetted by ethnic lobbies, allows 3 million
illegal aliens entry into the US, at the price of
denigrating our poorest citizens` lives, then we can
compare such indifference to the slavery imports of
early America. 

These immigrants are
basically slaves to a system gone

terribly corrupt
, a country in decline, and a nation

have usurped our basic freedoms.  These
include dilution of our voting rights,

earning power,
and the future patrimony we should be
handing on to our children.

A Petoskey, Michigan lawyer, John F. Rohe, recently
wrote the following letter to the Chicago Tribune:

"Two hundred
years ago, foreign workers were imported to perform `jobs
that Americans won`t do
.` Slave traders were, at the
time, involved in a shameful practice. Where is the
outrage when President Bush suppresses wages at home by
claiming the illegal foreign workers are just doing
`jobs that Americans won`t do`?"

With supreme irony,

Condoleezza Rice,
while undergoing Senate
confirmation hearings to be our next Secretary of State,
also referred to these imported neo-slaves as doing
"jobs that Americans won`t do."

No, Americans won`t pluck
chickens or process meat (which a

national report
recently disclosed were being done

extremely dangerous conditions
) for

half the wages
paid before these imported slaves
came here in such profusion,

beginning in the late 1960`s.

We exist not in a time where
wide-open spaces are left for exploration and
exploitation, either here or elsewhere on the planet. 

We need to stop mass

Donald A. Collins [email
him], is a freelance writer living in Washington DC and a former long time member of the board of FAIR, the Federation for American Immigration Reform. His views are his own.