An attorney and former prosecutor KrisAnne Hall had been talking to Republican state Senator Don Gaetz about nullification, especially as it pertains to Obamacare. She even wrote to him explaining what some of the founding fathers believed about the subject to encourage him to support the action of nullifying unconstitutional federal laws.
In his response letter, he explained that he did believe that Obamacare was unconstitutional, and that he would continue to work to repeal and replace it with something else. In the second part of his letter, he recounted a story about President Andrew Jackson and the “nullifiers”:
“As to nullification, I tend to favor the approach used by Florida’s first Governor, Andrew Jackson: It is said that one evening, while he was president, General Jackson was interrupted in his reading in his bedroom by an alarmed military aide who breathlessly reported, ‘Mr. President, the “nullifiers” are in front of the Executive Mansion with torches and guns. They are screaming that each state has the right to decide for itself which federal laws to follow. They threaten to burn us down if you will not agree with them.’ Without lifting his head from his reading, Andrew Jackson said, ‘Shoot the first nullifier who touches the Flag. And hang the rest.’ Chaplain, I have sworn an oath on my father’s Bible before Almighty God to preserve, protect and defend the constitution and government of the United States. And that’s exactly what I intend to do. Count me with Andrew Jackson. –Senator Don Gaetz “
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