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Thomas Jefferson was consistently inconsistent by switching from a strict constructionist view to a broad interpretation on the constitution to support his political views Similarly Jacksonian democrats occasionally altered their belief of being guardians of the political democracy individual liberty economic opportunity and the Constitution to suit their purposes President Andrew Jackson had several ways of ensuring political democracy thus he is regarded as a guardian of it The spoils system is an example of Jackson stressing political democracy According to Senator William Marcy the spoils system was acceptable since the benefits of winning should go to the winner He supports this thought by saying To the victor belongs the spoils The spoils system allowed Jackson Old Hickory to rid his opponents of government jobs and award them to his supporters the Hickoryites Another example of political democracy is rotation in office Rotation in office is what Jackson utilized to incorporate the common man into a government role Jackson believed that any man was capable of doing the job Every man is as good as his neighbor he declared perhaps equally better The inevitable dilemma that arises from Jacksons notion on political democracy is that illiterates incompetents and crooks obtained positions of public trust The result of this was Samuel Swartwout the collector of customs at the port of New York stole a million dollars from the government Jackson although he was a rich aristocrat at the time of his election might have been influenced to raise the common man on a pedestal as a result of him having been born poor One of his first acts as president was to invite the working class of America to his inaugural The White house was only emptied upon a rumor that said spiked punch had been served on the lawns As a result the inaugural is often referred to as the inaugural brawl and Jackson being the leader of the common people was called King Mob
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