Anti-federalist Robert Yates [a contemporary of the founding fathers], writing under the pseudonym "Brutus," was more skeptical -- and, as it turns out, prophetic. Of the judiciary he wrote, "There is no power above them, to control any of their decisions. There is no authority that can remove them, and they cannot be controlled by the laws of the legislature. In short, they are independent of the people, of the legislature, and of every power under heaven. Men placed in this situation will generally soon feel themselves independent of heaven itself."
[A]s "Brutus" wrote, "when this power is lodged in the hands of men independent of the people, and of their representatives, and who are not, constitutionally, accountable for their opinions, no way is left to control them but with a high hand and an outstretched arm ."
Wednesday, March 16, 2005
Brutus Saw This Coming
Some interesting historical quotes in this article: