Wednesday, March 7, 2012

John Quincy Adams, on the Right to Defend

John Quincy Adams to George William Erving, November 28, 1818: “But the President will neither inflict punishment nor pass a censure upon General Jackson, for that conduct, the motives for which were founded in the purest patriotism; of the necessity for which he had the most immediate and effectual means of forming a judgment; and the vindication of which is written in every page of the law of nations as well as in the first law of nature – self-defense.”

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