The Presidents Code – Speaker of the House Henry Clay (2)
Henry Clay left his seat as Speaker of the House when James Madison sent him to the United Kingdom to help negotiate the Treaty of Trent along with John Quincy Adams and Albert Gallatin to end the War of 1812. When he returned, he was re-elected to the office of Speaker of the House at the beginning of the 14th Congress. He would remain in this role into the Presidency of James Monroe. It was during this Congress that Clay helped to pass the Tariff of 1816 which was a part of what Clay named the “American System”.
Henry Clay’s name meaning is speaking of Adam’s dominion outside of the Garden of Eden. This was Clay’s second of three terms as Speaker of the House. In the Bible, when a word is repeated it used as a way of emphasis. Here then we see an emphasis on Adam’s exile.
Henry comes from the Germanic words ‘heim’ meaning home and ‘ric’ meaning power or ruler.
Clay is an English surname referring to a person who lived near or worked with clay, it is also sometimes a shortened form of Clayton. Clayton means ‘clay settlement.’ This is speaking of Adam’s role as “ruler” over the earth/clay (Genesis 1:26-28) and also displays the punishment of Adam’s transgression as he would return to the dust of which he was formed when he died.
Genesis 3:17 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;
Genesis 3:18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;
Genesis 3:19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.
It is said that the position of Speaker of the House first gained power under Henry Clay. Clay used his influence to support the War of 1812 and various laws related to Clay’s “American System”.
The American System consisted of three parts. Tariffs to promote American industry, a National Bank and Federal subsidies for roads and canals for travel. These three things play out an interesting picture in relation to Genesis 3.
First, tariffs are just another word for taxes. There are multiple words in Hebrew for tax, all of which have similar meanings of a burden of some nature. There is one word however which depicts best the picture of Genesis 3 and the battle between man and the serpent. This word is מדה ‘madah’ which literally means the ‘length of a garment’ or a ‘measurement.’ This word is translated as tax as taxes are a ‘measured’ amount of a person’s property. The fascinating picture in regards to this word is that it is used of the giants in Numbers 13:32-33. They are called ‘men of great stature’ or men of מדה ‘madah.’ The giants were of the seed of the serpent, the offspring of the fallen angels spoken of in Genesis 6.
These giants would rule the earth during the days of Noah. This time period corresponds to the 2nd Party System of America which would occur during the days in which the Democratic-Republican party split into two factions. One followed Andrew Jackson, the other followed Henry Clay. This division was due in large part to Henry Clay’s ideology of the American System and the opposition of Jackson’s camp to its ideas.
Roads and canals are used for transportation which displays Adam’s exile out of the Garden. Exile, of course, consists of traveling from your home to a foreign land.
The third aspect of the American System is the National Bank. The National Bank is a controversial issue. At first James Madison was opposed to a National Bank but after the War of 1812 he came to support it as he found that a National Bank made it easier to fund the military in times of war. The National Bank was furiously opposed by many in the country as it was seen as unconstitutional. Andrew Jackson, was most famous for his opposition and likened it to a ‘den of vipers’ which displays yet again the battle between man and the serpent.
In the Presidential election of 1824 Andrew Jackson ran against John Quincy Adams for President but was not able to get a majority of the Electoral votes needed to be elected as President. As a result, the vote went to the House of representatives. Henry Clay, who was Speaker of the House at that time and also a candidate for President, threw his support to John Quincy Adams resulting in Adams becoming President even though Andrews Jackson had more popular votes and more electoral votes. More on this in future articles.
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