We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
In the middle of it right now as well. Interesting book although I could do without Meacham's occasional editorializing regarding government granted priviledges and the like. It can't be easy being a modern Democrat while acknowledging that Jackson or Jefferson were founders of your party.
Although I like a lot of things about Jackson, especially his hatred of a central bank (which has proved prescient), I have trouble overlooking the whole "forcing thousands of native Americans to march to their death" thing. Yes it was a different time and racial superiority was the generally held belief, but his actions toward the Cherokee, Seminole, etc. were and are unconscionable.
Try H.W. Brands Jackson bio from 2005. I always get a kick out of the Dems having Jefferson-Jackson dinners every year. There's two guys who wouldn't have much of a home in the Dem Party of today.