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Neil D BS: What Year Would the Righties Like to.... (33) RE: BS: What Year Would the Righties Like to.... 06 Feb 12


Wasn't that the year that Martin van Buren quit as VP over states rights... No, I think it was '29... Jackson should have taken out his sword and chopped van Buren into little pieces and it might have avoided the Civil (which it wasn't) War...


I believe you're thinking of John C. Calhoun, Jackson's first VP, who broke with Jackson over nullification. (South Carolina passed a law nullifying federal tariffs and Jackson sent warships into Charleston Harbor) It was Van Buren who replaced Calhoun as Jackson's VP in his second term. Jackson once said his only regret was that he didn't hang Henry Clay and shoot John C. Calhoun. Calhoun died in 1850 but his writings and speechifying in defense of slavery and state's rights were instrumental in pushing the South toward secession.

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