Excerpt from Signs of the Times, or Reflections on Nullification
This party claim to be republicans. It is a slander on common sense. They exhibit themselves as the enemies of the very first and cardinal principles of republicanism and inculcate a doctrine which, taken in all its bearings, would annihilate free institutions altogether. Mr. M'duffie in his one of the people says, that this creed is the doctrine of the Holy Alliance of Crowned Heads in Europe and he says true - for it is capable of demonstration, that under the operation of this faith, republics are at an end. It allows no majority to act, without the consent of the minority. It permits the minority to construe the constitution, and carry that construction into execution, and yet it denies the same right to the majority l l And to cap the climax of absurdity, it authorises seven states to rule in all cases the other seventeen, although they may be the smallest and most insignificant in the Union. It subverts the natural order of things-makes the minor rule the major pow er and is precisely that principle which places kings on thrones!
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