"Scarcely any political question arises in the United States that is not resolved, sooner or later, into a judicial question. The President, who exercises a limited power, may err without causing great mischief in the state. Congress may decide amiss without destroying the union, because the electoral body may cause it to retract its decision.
But if the Supreme Court is ever composed of imprudent or bad men, the Union may be plunged into anarchy or civil war."
Alexis De Tocqueville 1835 Democracy in America