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John Randolph's Influence on American Politics

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The U.S. Justice Department has decided to sue Arizona disputing the states’ new law intended to combat illegal immigration (Preston). The eleventh amendment of the United States Constitution reads, “The Judicial power of the United States shall not be construed to extend to any suit in law or equity, commenced or prosecuted against one of the United States by Citizens of another State, or by Citizens or Subjects of any Foreign State.” Since the constitution was introduced, some feared it would pave the way to a cruel and oppressive central government. Thus they introduced the Bill of Rights. The Bill of Rights was to protect the states limiting the power of the central government (Internet Source Two).
Recently, some states have contemplated seceding from the union. This is partly because of the fourteen trillion dollar debt accrued by the central government. John Randolph, a congressman from Virginia once said, “I have no faith in the abracadabra of the constitution; I have no faith in it.” Or the paper it was written on for that matter. This was said in a speech he delivered in The House of Representatives April 15, 1824 (Speech of John Randolph 356). The speech primarily revolved around the disagreement of a tariff tax hike being introduced, and the millions of dollars of debt amassed by the central government at that time.
The tariff law aided the north at the cost of the south. The southern states were being taxed on the importation of goods, such as steel. This forced the south to buy goods from the north.   John considered this tax unethical. His economics were quite simple. Supply and demand, free enterprise with minimal federal involvement (Speech of John Randolph 352-75).

Ironically, tax policies are still an ongoing debate in American politics today. The unemployment rate in The United States is at an all time high. Jobs are being outsourced overseas to countries such as China. With the nation in an exorbitant debt, and the central government...


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