Skip to comments.Alexander Hamilton's Relevance for Today
Posted on 11/02/2007 6:06:22 AM PDT by Publius64
"A nation which can prefer disgrace to danger is prepared for a master, and deserves one." -Alexander Hamilton
Shhh . . . Hamilton is considered the “bad Founding Father” these days, didn’t you know?
The Federalist Papers are relied on heavily by the court’s conservative justices. Of course, liberals can and will run away with the quote you cite, but it must be read in context. He’s not arguing for judicial tyranny. Hamilton says the following in the Federalist Papers: Courts possess neither the power of the sword, nor the purse, but only judgment.
That's what a judiciary is for: to interpret the law.
If you're calling the normal operation of the judiciary "VERY BAD" then you are essentially making an argument against the separation of powers.
Hamilton was very Constitutionally correct when he made this statement but, unfortunately, it has been a VERY long time since anyone in the other branches has displayed the will to refuse to enforce any of those judgments.
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