Comment: Was that possibly just the interpretation of the aide?

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Was that possibly just the interpretation of the aide?

In his breathless report, could the military aide have skewed his interpretation of what the nullifiers actually said to sound alarmist? I hear you when you speculate, "that angry mob wasn't looking to apply nullification correctly", but perhaps, in his apparent panic, the crowd, as a whole; may have actually sought a better remedy, except for some among them who called for worse.

It's hard to report the temperament of a crowd, "with torches and guns", but ought we to believe the worst of them all simply because of this military aide's sole assessment? Jackson may have spoken his death sentence against them simply by trusting that lone report, and made a rash judgement against everything they stood for because of it, rather than assessing things better himself. The life or death sentence of fellow Americans should not hang on the breathless report of one man's panicked assessment.

To be fair with Jackson's legacy also; he may not have said what is reported. After all, it is only one man's word verses another. The aide may have put words in Andrew Jackson's mouth that served his desired end and cast Jackson as a tyrant.

Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them. - Frederick Douglass