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...of motive made? Admit this doctrine, and you give to the States an uncontrolled right to decide, and every law may be annulled under this pretext. If, therefore, the absurd and dangerous doctrine should be admitted that a State may annul an unconstitutional law, or one that it deems such, it will not apply to the present case.
The next objection is that the laws in question operate unequally. This objection may be made with truth to every law that has been or can be passed.The wisdom of man never yet contrived a system of taxation that would operate with perfect equality.If the unequal operation of a law makes it unconstitutional, and if all laws of that description may be abrogated by any State for that cause, then, indeed, is the Federal Constitution unworthy of the slightest effort for its preservation. We have hitherto relied on it as the perpetual bond of our Union; we have received it as the work of the assembled wisdom of the nation; we have trusted to it as to the sheet anchor of our safety in the stormy times of conflict with a foreign or... Jackson, Andrew
Excerpt from A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents Volume 2, part 3: Andrew Jackson, 1st term · This quote is about taxes and taxation · Search on Google Books to find all references and sources for this quotation.
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