Commentary by Lowell P. Wigglesworth for CPW News Service
Okay, Donald Trump is no academic. He's not a historian. He's not even a good President and his credentials for running the U.S. were as riddled with cues about his questionable abilities as Hillary's were of her corruption. This doesn't let historians, Jon Meacham and Douglas Brinkley, off the hook for their piling on of Trump's frumpy trip-up over the role of Andrew Jackson in U.S. history.
Trump got it wrong. Andrew Jackson was dead sixteen years before the U.S. Civil War so he could not have stopped it.....UNLESS.....he had seen the coalition between New England opium trader Caleb Cushing, Jefferson Davis and Franklin Pierce coming.....and sought to derail it, but that would have required a crystal ball.
Meacham and Brinkley are gatekeepers of American spoon-fed mythology. Meacham is a Bush chronicler and Brinkley has sat for years in the shadow of Rice University's Frank Vandiver who, as another premier American historian, made nothing about the place that Jeff Davis, Franklin Pierce and Caleb Cushing played in hiding from the masses the real motive for the Civil War.....the South's better access to the flatland of the Great Southwest and the Savannah to San Diego rail route to the Pacific and to the Ottoman Empire's Golden Crescent of Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Turkey's opium supplies that had made England an empire. Picked up in Basra, then in Bombay when the Brits' premier opium middle-man, Sephardic Jew David Sassoon, was ejected by the Ottomans from Iraq, this U.S. triad of Cushing, Davis and Pierce saw the race to the Pacific as the race to U.S. riches.....for those who passed the laws to prohibit while controlling imports. Problem was that you could not get an entire nation of people to slaughter each other over poppy-greed while the power elites wrestled over control of the rails. We only do that for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Since slavery was not really being eliminated only changing its shackles....these two American academics are lazy or paid presstitute bastards.....or both. These historians, not unlike Ken Burns relying on the work of Civil War historian Shelby Foote to the horror of serious historians in his 2005 C-SPAN interview from his Memphis office told Brian Lamb...."I consulted no original material. It's all been gone over before." Trump's faux pas may do one thing that's long over due. Cause people to revisit their own history and find, as did Howard Zinn, Oliver Stone and others, that we've long been bamboozled.