Most of the difficulties our Government now encounters and most of the dangers which impend over our Union have sprung from an abandonment of the legitimate objects of Government by our national legislation, and the adoption of such principles as are embodied in this act. Many of our rich men have not been content with equal protection and equal benefits, but have besought us to make them richer by act of Congress.
By attempting to gratify their desires we have in the results of
our legislation arrayed section against section, interest against interest, and man against
man, in a fearful commotion which threatens to shake the foundations of our Union. If
we can not at once, in justice to interests vested under improvident legislation, make our Government what it ought to be, we can at least take a stand against all new grants of
monopolies and exclusive privileges, against any prostitution of our Government to the
advancement of the few at the expense of the many, and in favor of compromise and
gradual reform in our code of laws and system of political economy. -Andrew Jackson