Monday, August 25, 2008

Quote of the Day

From The Patriot Post

"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, by little and little, the foundations of the constitution, and working its change by construction, before any one has perceived that that invisible and helpless worm has been busily employed in consuming its substance. In truth, man is not made to be trusted for life, if secured against all liability to account."

-- Thomas Jefferson (letter to Monsieur A. Coray, 31 October 1823)

2 comments:

Tim Higgins said...

Maggie,

This may be the most important and least mentioned ramification of the 2008 election. The next president will pick Supreme Court justice(s). Those picks will have a dramatic impact on the direction of The Court for the rest of my lifetime.

We need strict Constitutionalists rather than judicial activists for the future of this country, and Obama will never give them to us.

Maggie Thurber said...

Excellent point ... though I must admit to almost missing your quote retort. :)

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