"It is far more rational to suppose that the courts were designed to be an intermediate body between the people and the legislature, in order, among other things, to keep the latter within the limits assigned to their authority."
by:
Alexander Hamilton
(1757-1804) American statesman, Secretary of the Treasury
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The Federalist No. 78
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Explained a bit from a royalist perspective but, an accurate depiction (of a check and balance) non-the-less.
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    Obama pays no attention to the courts, the Congress, the Constitution, or anything else. After all, he's the King. Has there ever been a president as openly arrogant as ths guy ?
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
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    Yes, the courts are to keep the legislature and the executive within the limits of their authority. Too often the courts have been used to permit the unconstitutional and unauthorized increase of power over the people by the government.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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