Subject: Emptying the Kitchen Cabinet
From: Christopher W. Thomas (poetlaureate@poetic.com)
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Date: Tues June 8, 1999 at 11:37PM

Emptying the Kitchen Cabinet


On this date in eighteen hundred and forty-five
The seventh president of the United States died
Eight years after Andrew Jackson's second term ended
Old Hickory passed on ... largely, undefended ...

For, although his administration wielded some enormous power
The man, himself, a large slave-owner, was belittled by the hour
From charges of being dictatorial for his decision to put Federal money in private banks
Gaining him a censure from the Senate, which "King Andrew" expunged without thanks

To the very brink of war with France over their delay in paying off its American debts
And the belittling of "The Jacksonian Democracy" for its assumed soubriquet ...
Which defined its opponents as aristocrats and itself as - the party of the people
When, in fact ... it was they who were the aristocrats, and seen, in some ways, evil ...

For, all around him, Jackson had appointed friends in high places
And most of them were involved in flagrant corruption and about-faces
And they met with him daily in the White House kitchen
Which was emptied completely, after Old Hickory's leaving ...

- Tristram

Christopher W. Thomas
9:55pm Tuesday, June 8th, 1999