"It has long been my opinion, and I have never shrunk from its
expression,... that the germ of dissolution of our Federal Government is in
the constitution of the Federal Judiciary--an irresponsible body (for
impeachment is scarcely a scare-crow), working like gravity by night and by
day, gaining a little today and a little tomorrow, and advancing its
noiseless step like a thief over the field of jurisdiction until all shall
be usurped from the States and the government be consolidated into one. To
this I am opposed." --Thomas Jefferson to Charles Hammond, 1821.