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Quotational Therapy: Part 6.

Thomas Jefferson on the judiciary-

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"A judiciary independent of a king or executive alone, is a good thing; but independence of the will of the nation is a solecism, at least in a republican government."
-Thomas Jefferson, letter to Thomas Ritchie, December 25, 1820.
"The opinion which gives to the judges the right to decide what laws are constitutional and what not, not only for themselves, in their own sphere of action, but for the Legislature and Executive also in their spheres, would make the Judiciary a despotic branch."
- Thomas Jefferson, letter to Abigail Adams, September 11, 1804.
"The judiciary of the United States is the subtle corps of sappers and miners constantly working under ground to undermine the foundations of our confederated fabric. They are construing our constitution from a co-ordination of a general and special government to a general and supreme one alone."
-Thomas Jefferson, letter to Thomas Ritchie, December 25, 1820.
"The germ of dissolution of our federal government is in the constitution of the federal Judiciary working like gravity day and by night, gaining a little today and a little tomorrow, and advancing its noiseless step like a thief, over the field of jurisdiction, until all shall be usurped."
-Thomas Jefferson, letter to Charles Hammond, August 18, 1821.
"At the establishment of our constitutions, the judiciary bodies were supposed to be the most helpless and harmless members of the government. Experience, however, soon showed in what way they were to become the most dangerous; that the insufficiency of the means provided for their removal gave them a freehold and irresponsibility in office; that their decisions, seeming to concern individual suitors only, pass silent and unheeded by the public at large; that these decisions, nevertheless, become law by precedent, sapping, little by little, the foundations of the constitution, and working its change by construction, before any one has perceived that invisible and helpless worm has been busily employed in consuming its substance."
-Thomas Jefferson, letter to Monsieur A. Coray, October 31, 1823.
"One single object... [will merit] the endless gratitude of the society: that of restraining the judges from usurping legislation."
-Thomas Jefferson, letter to Edward Livingston, March 25, 1825.


Previous Quotational Therapy Sessions:


Part 1; Part 2; Part 3; Part 4; Part 5.

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Posted by Will Franklin · 29 April 2005 05:35 AM

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