The modern Democratic Party has no claim on Andrew Jackson or Thomas Jefferson-it being a mockery of the beliefs of both great men to have an annual "Jefferson-Jackson Day" for the Democratic Party. Rather the Republican party should expand the name of their annual Lincoln Day get together and call their annual event the "Jefferson-Jackson-Lincoln Day".
When the Democrats were the slaveholders party and subsequently the Jim Crow segregation party the Republicans commenced their endeavours in their first election of 1856 under the banner "Free soil free men Fremont" (Fremont being their first candidate). This program was put into action by the Great Emancipator Lincoln and the Republicans were the repository of the votes and trust of the black population.
Thomas Jefferson was a great defender of states rights- herewith an example, one of many;
"I see,... and with the deepest affliction, the rapid strides with which the federal branch of our government is advancing towards the usurpation of all the rights reserved to the States, and the consolidation in itself of all powers, foreign and domestic; and that, too, by constructions which, if legitimate, leave no limits to their power... It is but too evident that the three ruling branches of [the Federal government] are in combination to strip their colleagues, the State authorities, of the powers reserved by them, and to exercise themselves all functions foreign and domestic." --Thomas Jefferson to William Branch Giles, 1825. ME 16:146
So to Andrew Jackson;
"My experience in public concerns and the observation of a life somewhat advanced confirm the opinions long since imbibed by me, that the destruction of our State governments or the annihilation of their control over the local concerns of the people would lead directly to revolution and anarchy, and finally to despotism and military domination." -
One of Palin's lasts acts as Governor of Alaska was to sign a joint resolution declaring Alaska's sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution – and now 36 other states have introduced similar resolutions as part of a growing resistance to the federal government.
"Be it resolved that the Alaska State Legislature hereby claims sovereignty for the state under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States over all powers not otherwise enumerated and granted to the federal government by the Constitution of the United States."
"Be it further resolved that this resolution serves as Notice and Demand to the federal government to cease and desist, effective immediately, mandates that are beyond the scope of these constitutionally delegated powers. "
About Jackson's connection with the common man his biographer noted that the "instinctive preferences of the people must be right" and that the "truly helpful men and women of this Republic have oftenest sprung from the cabin.... and worked their way up to their rightful places as leaders of the people, by the strength of their own arm, brain, and resolution".
Not that the intellectual elite easily overcame their natural prejudices against the great mass of supporters of Jackson, the plain folks who gave him such overwhelming electoral victories.
These same prejudices are operating today from the new elite-the ivory tower academics, the liberal main stream media and entrenched monied interests on the radical liberal left. They are doing all they can to negate the legitimate heir of Lincoln, Jefferson and Jackson-Sarah Palin, by a constant barrage of vilification and ridicule to which no politician has been submitted in living memory.
They are doing this for the same reason that they did the same to Jackson.They were afraid of the radical transformation of American society that giving power to the ambassador of the wishes of the masses would bring and afraid of losing their elite position in society, they are afraid of losing their positions of influence at their academic outposts and, like the entrenched elites in The Bank in Jackson's day, they are afraid of losing their power in the commercial world.
That one woman can stand up to the immense power of the forces arrayed against her is astounding. However, as with Jackson, the reality is that she is not alone. Rather she has the power and the voice of millions behind her against which nothing can prevail. Even if the powers succeed in bringing her down, in the long run the ideas and ideals she represents will ultimately prevail.