Millercenter.org’s summary of speech:
“With frequent references to the Union’s growth in size, population, and strength, President Polk speaks at length about domestic issues. He is opposed to a national bank, assumption of state debt, and a revenue tariff, but supports a protective tariff and equal taxation. Polk also elaborates on his favorable opinion of Texas rejoining the Union.”
Thoughts on Transcript:
I’m starting to reach the point where a lot of these addresses are running together. Partly it’s because there’s a good length of time in between when I have time to read a new one, but it’s also due to a lot of themes that are shared across presidencies, both in a given time period as well as the whole of American history.
For Polk, the things that really jumped out at me were 1) the debate between North and South regarding the role of federal government power vs states’ rights, 2) the use of the veto in the presidency, 3) the annexation of Texas and Oregon, and 4) the continuing desire to avoid placing taxes on the populace for purposes of revenue.