- The Louisiana Purchase
Expanding the country is against the ideas of state's rights and a decentralized government?
- His war with the Barbary States
He taxed the country to protect its citizens. We didn't even have a navy. We spent ONE SIXTH of the budget on ransom to keep our own citizens alive. Don't pretend like libertarians think there is no reason whatsoever to tax the country. You're reaching here.
- The Embargo Act of 1807
You do realize this country's darkest hour was the war of 1812. The closest we've ever come to collapse. That was a direct result of going to actual war instead of commercial war (the embargo act). Had the embargo worked, that never would've happened. Although maybe you suggest, as what appears you suggest with the Barbary war, that we should have allowed American citizens to be captured and American sailors forced into impressment with no response. Quit being so unrealistic.
I can play this game too.
You're pretty bad at it.
How does the fact that he was a "people's president" prove his actions as president didn't contradict his own political philosophies?
In that time, citizens of states had a stronger allegiance to them than the federal government. A president "of the people" indicated that he looked out for the citizens' rights over the government's interests.
Have you ever opened a history book before?
This post was edited on 7/5 at 2:03 pm