Thesis: President Jackson has violated the separation of powers in his actions to destroy the Bank of the United States by ignoring the ruling of McCulloch vs. Maryland, for refusing to hand over court ordered documentation concerning the bank, and abusing the power of veto.
Reasons to impeach Jackson involving the bank:
A) Reason 1 (bank was constitutional)
1.) Maryland v. McCulloch (the court ruled that congress had implied powers to create the bank, in which case, the bank is constitutional) 2.) “to make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all others Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof.” Article 1 legislative branch section 8, powers of congress 3.) “to borrow money on the credit of the United States;” Article 1 legislative branch section 8, powers of congress (all the reasons imply a bank in the constitution)
B) Reason 2 (Jackson’s actions to dissolve the bank were unconstitutional) 1.) Nullification Crisis (Jackson says that the Bank favors the elite and quotes “it would seem to be that the spirit of equity, caution, and compromise in which the Constitution was formed requires that the great interests of agriculture, commerce and manufactures should be equally favored”, yet he is the one who imposes the (as they call it) Tariff of Abomination, which benefits the northerners more than the southerners. He’s a hypocrite) 2.) Was seen as unconstitutional and therefore null and void within the sovereign boundaries of South Carolina. 3.) Jackson signed the Tariff of 1832 on July 14, 1832. Few days after he vetoed the Bank of the United States re-charter bill, congress broke off after it failed to override Jackson’s veto.
C) Reason 3 (How Jackson violated the separation of powers)
1.) Without the National bank, how could have the country survived the national debt from the Revolutionary War?...