Andrew Jackson on the 2005 Energy Bill

August 08, 2005

OK, this actually comes from AJ's Bank Veto message. But I think the sentiment is well aimed at the patronage machine currently looting the government coffers for the benefit of its fat cat buddies, to the harm of the nation and its people.

It is to be regretted that the rich and powerful too often bend the acts of government to their selfish purposes. Distinctions in society will always exist under every just government. Equality of talents, of education, or of wealth can not be produced by human institutions. In the full enjoyment of the gifts of Heaven and the fruits of superior industry, economy, and virtue, every man is equally entitled to protection by law; but when the laws undertake to add to these natural and just advantages artificial distinctions, to grant titles, gratuities, and exclusive privileges, to make the rich richer and the potent more powerful, the humble members of society -- the farmers, mechanics, and laborers -- who have neither the time nor the means of securing like favors to themselves, have a right to complain of the injustice of their Government. There are no necessary evils in government. Its evils exist only in its abuses. If it would confine itself to equal protection, and, as Heaven does its rains, shower its favors alike on the high and the low, the rich and the poor, it would be an unqualified blessing.
Andrew Jackson, Bank Veto Message, July 10, 1832. Cited from James Richardson
A Compilation of the messages and addresses of the Presidents (New York, Bureau of National Literature, c 1897-1911) Vol III, p. 1153.

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