The Jeffersonian Perspective

Commentary on Today's Social and Political Issues
Based on the Writings of Thomas Jefferson


Brief Notes on Jeffersonian Topics

Dealing With Political Opposition in the Judiciary

Although Jefferson was able to reverse the political tide when he took office, he nevertheless found that the opposition (which the people then had turned away from) had entrenched themselves in the judiciary. This was a problem that Franklin D. Roosevelt faced after his election, when the Supreme Court, then dominated by the appointments of the previous administration, declared unconstitutional so many of his measures that were designed to lift the nation out of the deep depression into which it had fallen. And this is a problem in our government that might be corrected by making members of the judiciary subject to reinstatement periodically, instead of having life tenure.


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