I have never claimed and will never claim that I know everything that I honestly should know, but I am sure I will get on in life quite well anyway.
Like I written in previous posts I am lately quite interested in US politics and watch shows like ‘Morning Joe’ regularly on YouTube. The most recent craziness from the Trump White House is his comment regarding the American Civil War:
“I mean, had Andrew Jackson been a little later, you wouldn’t have had the Civil War. He was a very tough person, but he had a big heart. He was really angry that he saw what was happening with regard to the Civil War. He said, “There’s no reason for this.” People don’t realize, you know, the Civil War — if you think about it, why? People don’t ask that question, but why was there a Civil War? Why could that one not have been worked out?”
I am Swedish but even me know that the Civil War started 16 years after Andrew Jackson died. Andrew Jackson was born 1767 and died 1845. Pretty impressing that he still could say that there is “no reason for this”, referring to the war that started 16 years after his death.
And I feel it’s quite scary and disrespectful for a president to ask why the civil war couldn’t be worked out? The fact that about 750 000 people died during the four-year long bloodbath is sort of proof enough that it couldn’t have been worked out so easily. And last, the Civil War was about the south wanting to maintain the slavery and the nice financial benefits that came with it for them.
More about Jackson that Trump seems to have missed is the fact that Andrew Jackson was a slaveholder who stood on the wrong side of the fundamental moral issue of his times, and of the Civil War—human bondage.
The following text is from the website of the Hermitage, Jackson’s Tennessee home.
“In all reality, slavery was the source of Andrew Jackson’s wealth. (…) The Hermitage was a 1,000 acre, a self-sustaining plantation that relied completely on the labor of enslaved African American men, women, and children…. When Andrew Jackson bought The Hermitage in 1804, he owned nine enslaved African Americans. Just 25 years later that number had swelled to over 100 through purchase and reproduction. At the time of his death in 1845, Jackson owned approximately 150 people who lived and worked on the property.”
I personally don’t think that Trump is the only one lacking key knowledge about history but since he is the president of the USA his lack of knowledge has been revealed. But I think this is a common problem on all levels of society and in every country in the world, if we as people knew more about our past then we wouldn’t do the same mistakes over and over again. This is true both personally and for the human race as a whole.