posted by Ryan on .
Can you please explain to me what this means. All I got out of it was that Jackson favored a federal government with limited powers. But how does that connect to what strict constructionism is?
Like the Jeffersonians who strongly believed in the Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions, Jacksonians initially favored a federal government of limited powers. Jackson said that he would guard against "all encroachments upon the legitimate sphere of State sovereignty". This is not to say that Jackson was a states' rights extremist; indeed, the Nullification Crisis would find Jackson fighting against what he perceived as state encroachments on the proper sphere of federal influence. This position was one basis for the Jacksonians' opposition to the Second National Bank. As the Jacksonians consolidated power, they more often advocated a more expansive construction of the Constitution and of Presidential power.
Strict constructionists believe that the letter, not the supposed intent, of the Constitution should govern the court's decisions.