THOMAS JEFFERSON DID NOT TRUST THE JUDICIARY
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 to change by construction, before anyone has perceived that the invisible and hapless 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, October 31, 1823
It has long, however, been my opinion, and I have never shrunk from its expression…that the germ of dissolution of our federal government is in the constitution of the federal judiciary,…working like gravity by night and by day, gaining a little today and a little tomorrow, and advancing its noiseless step like a thief, over the field of jurisdiction, until all shall be usurped.
Thomas Jefferson, letter to Charles Hammond, August 18, 1821
The Constitution… is a mere thing of wax in the hands of the judiciary which they may twist and shape into any form they please.
Thomas Jefferson, letter to Judge Spencer Roane, September 6, 1819
The great object of my fear is the judiciary. That body, like gravity, ever acting, with noiseless foot, and unalarming advance, gaining ground step by step, and holding what it gains, is engulfing insidiously the special governments into the jaws of that which feeds them.
Thomas Jefferson, letter to Judge Spencer Roane, March 9, 1821
The judiciary of the United States is the subtle corps of sappers and miners constantly working underground to undermine the foundations of our confederated fabric. They are constructing our constitution from a co-ordination of a general and special government to a general and supreme one alone.
Thomas Jefferson, letter to Thomas Ritchie, December 25, 1820