Essay on Andrew Jackson The President Of The United States

764 Words Aug 1st, 2016 4 Pages
In 1832, Andrew Jackson the President of the United States, writes a proclamation to the State of South Carolina about its decision to reject the new taxes on importation. Jackson feels a sense of duty when he responds to South Carolina. He believes that South Carolina’s actions are unconstitutional and a threat to the Union as a whole. Also that an individual state does not have the right to reject a law of the United States since those laws reign supreme. Only the Supreme Court of the United States has the right to determine if a law is constitutional or not. Jackson writes South Carolina in an attempt to turn them around with reason and lead them down a path both parties can agree to. South Carolina argues that, “the laws in question operate unequally”, “the sums intended to be raised by them are greater than required and that the proceeds will be unconstitutionally employed.” (Jackson, 296). Jackson responds with his proclamation and he uses the US Constitution to make logical arguments why South Carolina is out of line. First, South Carolina is impeding the Federal government 's right to raise revenues. Secondly, he states that we are one nation and that individual states are not sovereign entities. Third, Since South Carolina has not used the process in place to have it grievances heard, it maybe that its representatives are misleading them. Lastly, South Carolina should consider the consequences to these actions since it will be considered treason against the…

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