The laws of the United States must be executed. I have no discretionary power on the subject—my duty is emphatically pronounced in the Constitution. Those who told you that you might peaceably prevent their execution, deceived you—they could not have been deceived themselves. They know that a forcible opposition could alone prevent the execution of the laws, and they know that such opposition must be repelled. Their object is disunion, but be not deceived by names; disunion, by armed force, is TREASON.Read Andrew Jackson's entire proclamation on nullification here.
Saturday, August 07, 2010
Andrew Jackson's proclamation on Nullification
President Andrew Jackson's classic statement against nullification should be required reading for anyone silly enough to propose nullification as a serious doctrine in the 21st century. Nullification wasn't even a serious doctrine in the 19th century.