The Trump and Jackson inaugurals in 2017 and 1829.
Saturday, January 21, 2017 4:16 PM
By BRIAN A. HOWEY
Ind. – To the Eastern elites and the Washington insiders, President
Donald Trump’s inaugural address on Friday was described as everything
from “dreadful” by George Will, to alarming, authoritarian, bombastic
and brooding. But to many Hoosiers, with some 57% of them voting
for Trump on Nov. 8, it was sweet tonic, conjuring up imagery from the
days of President Andrew Jackson, a populist man of the people who
carried Indiana’s five Electoral College votes three times as the state
began filling in to the north, while sending its native American
population into exile. Indiana was a distinctly Jacksonian state with
deep distrust of Washington and central authority. By the 21st Century,
the state had more than 11,000 elected officials, reflecting an inherent
distrust of the executive elites.
“For too long, a small group
in our nation’s capital has reaped the rewards of government while the
people have borne the cost,” Trump said as a light rain began to fall.
“Washington flourished, but the people did not share in its wealth.
Politicians prospered, but the jobs left, and the factories closed. The
establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country.
Their victories have not been your victories; their triumphs have not
been your triumphs; and while they celebrated in our nation’s capital,
there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our
Cameras showed former Presidents Obama, George W. Bush and
Jimmy Carter grimacing, as did the assembled Washington establishment.
Trump advisor Steve Bannon told the Washington Post that
Trump’s address was "an unvarnished declaration of the basic principles
of his populist and kind of nationalist movement. I don't think we've
had a speech like that since Andrew Jackson came to the White House."
President Jackson’s 1829 inaugural address, he began, “About to
undertake the arduous duties that I have been appointed to perform by
the choice of a free people, I avail myself of this customary and solemn
occasion to express the gratitude which their confidence inspires, and
to acknowledge the accountability which my situation enjoins. While the
magnitude of their interests convinces me that no thanks can be adequate
to the honor they have conferred, it admonishes me that the best return
I can make is the zealous dedication of my humble abilities to their
service and their good.”