The Errors of Political Parties

  • Nor is there liberty if the power of Judging is not separated from Legislative power and from Executive power. If it were joined to Legislative power, the power over life and liberty of the citizens would be arbitrary, for the Judge would be the Legislator [such as with “Activist Judges.” In our system, it is supposed to be the Legislators make the laws; the Executive signs it into law and all the judges are supposed to do is to make sure the law is applied as the Legislators — and founders — intended. But for the Justices to decide how they view the law should be applied, they would be legislating from the bench]. If it were joined to the Executive Power, the Judge could have the force of an Oppressor. All would be lost if the same . . . body of principal men . . . exercised these three powers. ~Montesquieu, The Spirit of Law
  • Ambition must be made to counteract ambition. The interest of the man must be connected with the Constitutional rights of the place. If angels were to Govern men, neither external or internal controls on Government would be necessary. ~James Madison, The Federalist Paper 51
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