Thomas Jefferson shares his thoughts about the workings of the Supreme Court, allows his personal irritations with the court to show, and explains how he feels the court has drifted from its rightful place in America today.
We speak with President Jefferson about the Supreme Court, and he has some opinions. Jefferson did not like the way we have come to define the tripartite system of government. He thought that the judiciary branch should be a very poor third cousin of the other two branches, but it has become so strong and he is a bit dismayed by that. Jefferson got upset about this partly because John Adams had appointed John Marshall as one of his midnight appointments, partly because John Marshall was so extremely clever and a great constitutional strategist, but also Jefferson wanted a simpler states' rights, more decentralized nation. We asked him for a way to fix this and it was a difficult question for Mr. Jefferson. He does say tear up the constitution from time to time and clarify the issue of the power of the Supreme Court, and he argued for limitations on judicial appointments.
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