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Still, the point seems overdrawn: The public has been exceedingly tame in resisting the Court's usurpations on behalf of the powerful few.
As James Madison, the "Father of the Constitution," observed: "Since the general civilization of mankind, I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.
But when a long train of unconstitutional executive branch abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to take back delegated authority from an official who is manifestly unsuitable to exercise it.
For decades, however, THE NEW AMERICAN has not only kept this important congressional power in front of our readers, but has repeatedly recommended its use for curbing federal court usurpations on issues ranging from abortion to the Pledge of Allegiance.
More substantive, but no less misguided, are various congressional proposals supposedly aimed at remedying judicial usurpations by amending the Constitution.