Jefferson on the federal courts

“Contrary to all correct example, [the Federal judiciary] are in the habit of going out of the question before them, to throw an anchor ahead and grapple further hold for future advances of power. They are then in fact the corps of sappers and miners, steadily working to undermine the independent rights of the States and to consolidate all power in the hands of that government in which they have so important a freehold estate.”   Thomas Jefferson.

4 Responses to Jefferson on the federal courts

  1. Anonymous says:


    Thank you for the link. Did you read the article?

    I did not read anything about blunders. I did read that he made choices about which battles to fight.


    • Deputy Dawg says:

      After digging into this, it appears that Jefferson’s anti-judiciary rants were not motivated by a fear of harm to the country, but more of a fear that he wasn’t getting his own way. In other words, politics as usual.


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