“There never can be danger that the judges, by a series of deliberate usurpations on the authority of the legislature, would hazard the united resentment of the body intrusted with it, while this body was possessed of the means of punishing their presumption, by degrading them from their stations. While this ought to remove all apprehensions on the subject, it affords, at the same time, a cogent argument for constituting the Senate a court for the trial of impeachments.”

 Federalist Papers, #81 – Alexander Hamilton

3 Responses to Observations

  1. Bettawrekonize says:

    I’m lost, what does it mean?

  2. Bettawrekonize says:

    So you want the senate to impeach a judge? Good luck with that.

  3. jackhudson says:

    I just thought that it was interesting that Hamilton expected that there would never be serious threat from judges overturning legislation because they could be removed from office for their ‘usurpations’.

    Maybe it’s time to re-visit this; the Constitution never actually gives Federal judges their seats for life.

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