Monday, June 1, 2009.
“[T]here is not a syllable in the plan under consideration which directly empowers the national courts to construe the laws according to the spirit of the Constitution.”
–Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 81, 1788
HA! I wish you were here to argue that point in front of the SCOTUS and the next nominee.
“The truth is, that, even with the most secure tenure of office, during good behavior, the danger is not, that the judges will be too firm in resisting public opinion, and in defence of private rights or public liberties; but, that they will be ready to yield themselves to the passions, and politics, and prejudices of the day.”
–Joseph Story, Commentaries on the Constitution, 1833
That is what we have now. Could someone please explain to me why we are NOT supposed to listen these WISE old white men?
“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
***clap, clap, clap***
“The aim of every political constitution is, or ought to be, first to obtain for rulers men who possess most wisdom to discern, and most virture to pursue, the common good of the society; and in the next place, to take the most effectual precautions for keeping them virtuous whilst they continue to hold their public trust.”
–Federalist No. 57 (Alexander Hamilton or James Madison), 1788
“His Example is now complete, and it will teach wisdom and virtue to magistrates, citizens, and men, not only in the present age, but in future generations, as long as our history shall be read.”
–John Adams, message to the U.S. Senate on George Washington’s death, December 19, 1799
Amen. It surely has and does. Thank you, and rest in peace General George Washington.