HBO to Launch Andrew Jackson Miniseries Starring Sean Penn

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This is from Breitbarts Big Hollywood. 

Sean Penn as Andy (By God) Jackson Oh Hell No!

Penn could play Jackson’s horse’s ass, but not Jackson.

Sam Elliot or Tom Selleck would be a good choice or if he was still alive Charlton Heston.

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Few Americans are more worthy of the big and small screen than Andrew Jackson—a poor, orphaned child of immigrants who fought in the American Revolution, moved to the frontier, and rose to become president of the United States. HBO is producing a six-hour miniseries based on Jon Meacham’s Pulitzer Prize winning book, American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

What actor is set to play Old Hickory—the rough-hewn, America-loving, dangerous man with “shoot in his eyes” who fought in a number of legendary duels? Sean Penn, the well-know critic of America who has called his country “xenophobic,” attacked private firearm ownership, and frequently hobnobs with South American socialists. He seems like a singularly un-Jacksonian individual to portray Jackson.


Penn is also slated to be the executive producer of the series and will be consulted by Meacham, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The series goes into production in 2016.

It is particularly odd timing for a prominent liberal like Penn to be working on an Andrew Jackson series given all the recent, progressive attempts to drag the famous Tennessean’s reputation through the mud. Activists have tried to strip Jackson from the $20 bill—to be replaced by a woman, any woman—sought to erase his and Thomas Jefferson’s name from the Democrat Party’s annual Jefferson/Jackson Day dinners, and have even attempted to prevent the Navy from launching a ship named the USS Andrew Jackson. This is all due to the fact that Jackson is not sufficiently politically correct for the modern era.

Jackson was a slave owner and removed Cherokee and other American Indians from their land in the east to the west—a policy conducted by every American president from George Washington to Jackson’s time. These are generally the only qualities that anti-Jackson activists cite when trying to upend his legacy. The attributes that made him revered by many Americans of his own time, however, are rarely mentioned.

Jackson’s life was the quintessential American story; a man who rose from incredible adversity to the absolute highest station in the country. Jackson was orphaned while fighting as a young teen in his native South Carolina during the Revolutionary War. He eventually moved out west to the Tennessee frontier, where he made a name for himself as a businessman, lawyer, judge, politician, and military man. Jackson achieved his greatest fame at the end of the War of 1812, in which he won a near-miraculous victory at the Battle of New Orleans. General Jackson went from local celebrity to American hero overnight, and his military fame helped propel him into office as the seventh President of the United States in 1828.

In a Jackson biography written in 1900, historian William Garrott Brown summed up why American’s held Jackson in such high esteem:

He was the man who had his way. He was the American whose simple virtues his countrymen most clearly understood, whose trespasses they most readily forgave; and until Americans are altogether changed, many, like the Democrats of the ‘Twenties and ‘Thirties, will still “vote for Jackson,”—for the poor boy who fought his way, step by step, to the highest station; for the soldier who always went to meet the enemy at the gate; for the president who never shirked a responsibility…

Jackson’s life deserves more attention, and it would be hard to find a more dynamic historical figure to base a television show. However, it’s an ominous sign that Penn—of all people—will have the featured role.



Connecticut Dems Dump Jefferson, Urge Rest Of US To Follow

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This is from The Daily Caller News Foundation.

I want to tell the Connecticut DemocRats to Go To Hell.

I will continue to honor Thomas Jefferson for the things he did first as one of Americas Founding Fathers and then as President.

I will honor Andy “By God” Jackson because he is an original American Bad Ass Hero and President.

I will see to it our daughters honor these men also.


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The Connecticut Democratic Party has officially dumped both Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson’s names from its annual fundraising dinner due to their ties to slavery, giving into demands from the state’s chapter of the NAACP.

Each fall, the state party holds a Jefferson-Jackson-Bailey dinner to raise money for the party. Similar Jefferson-Jackson dinners are held by Democrats around the country (the Bailey name is peculiar to Connecticut).

But now the first two names are gone, voted out unanimously by the party’s state board in just a few minutes with almost no discussion, according to the Hartford Courant.

“As members of the Democratic Party, we are proud of our history as the party of inclusion. Democrats have led the way on civil rights, LGBT equality and equal rights for women,” the board’s resolution declared. “It is only fitting that the name of the party’s most visible annual event reflects our dedication to diversity and forward-looking vision.”

A replacement name will be chosen later.

Jefferson is well-known to most Americans for writing the Declaration of Independence, serving as America’s third president, championing religious freedom and being one of the nation’s leading intellectuals in its early years. He was also a key figure in the genesis of the Democratic-Republican party, which evolved into the modern Democratic Party, so throughout history Democrats have been happy to claim him as their own.

Now, though, Democrats are souring on Jefferson due to his position as a slaveholder, as well as the belief that he fathered children with slave Sally Hemmings.

Andrew Jackson is even more vilified today. While his presidency was a key point in the rise of the “common man” as a major force in American politics, Jackson was also a slaveholder, and his policies toward American Indians have been characterized by some as genocidal.
Calls to change the name grew after the massacre of black churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina last month.

Party chairman Nick Balletto said he hoped the rest of the country would join Connecticut in rejecting Jefferson’s legacy.

“I wasn’t looking to be a trailblazer or set off a trend that’s going to affect the rest of the country,” Balletto told the Connecticut Post. “Hopefully, they’ll follow suit when they see it’s the right thing to do.”

Balletto added that the name simply had to go, because some people were offended by it.

“When something offends someone, it’s beyond being politically correct,” Balletto said. “It just causes a need for change.”

“You can’t change history, but you don’t have to honor it.”

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