Thomas Jefferson on the imperial judiciary

“The germ of dissolution of our federal government is in… the federal judiciary; an irresponsible body (for impeachment is scarcely a scare-crow), working like gravity by night and by day, gaining a little today and a little tomorrow, and advancing it’s noiseless step like a thief, over the field of jurisdiction, until all shall be usurped from the States, and the government of all be consolidated into one. …when all government shall be drawn to Washington as the centre of all power, it will render powerless the checks provided of one government on another and will become as venal and oppressive as the government from which we separated.”

– Thomas Jefferson

This quote from Thomas Jefferson was so insightful. It is spot on in identifying the 3rd branch of government that has become more equal than the other 2. The disjointed nature of taking a long passage down to a paragraph makes it rather hard to read, but it applies so well to the goings on of today. Legislatures around the country pass laws to severely restrict abortion, or illegal immigration, or gun rights or whatever, only to have the courts overturn them. Trump tells his Executive Branch to execute the laws this way or that through executive order, only to have the courts put an injunction on him at every turn. Why did we elect those legislatures? Why did we bother to elect a president? The courts today write the laws and run the executive branch. Its an absurd and dangerous situation. And worst of all, I seem to be the only one who sees it. Well, me and Tommy J.

Jim Roach

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