I was pleased and surprised when the Indivisible Movement asked to publish an essay that is not explicitly anti-Trump.
I see Jackson’s stand against nullification as a rare instance of him upholding the Constitution, though as always, Old Hickory’s confrontational style did not help. (Fortunately, his nemesis Henry Clay brokered yet another clutch compromise to reach an acceptable outcome while averting bloodshed.)
All of the regrettable presidents had some redeeming qualities. (Except maybe Buchanan. Still trying to find his.) I omitted those virtues to maintain focus and keep the essay from running even longer.
Here’s my rationale for not including Wilson: https://medium.com/@brianscottmackenzie/princeton-the-case-of-woodrow-wilson-1442a02f8b1