Would you please explain what the author means by the following quote?   1. "The judiciary, from the nature of its functions, will always be the least dangerous to the political rights of the Constitution...it may truly be said to have neither FORCE nor WILL, but merely judgement; and must ultimately depend upon the aid of the executive arm even for the efficacy of its judgements."  

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The quote comes from "Federalist No. 78," one of the installments in the hugely influential Federalist Papers. This particular essay was published in newspaper format in 1788. It was written by the famous Alexander Hamilton, one of the chief proponents of the pending Constitution’s creation of a strong federal government. It was meant to explain and justify the presence of the judicial system in the proposed US Constitution.

The quote is an attempt by Hamilton to pacify critics of the federal government that the Constitution was about to create. Many critics thought that the federal government would be too powerful. Hamilton, however, thought a strong federal government was necessary to unite the various states, prevent infighting, and present a collective front on the international stage.

This quote is saying that the judicial branch is the branch of government that is least likely to take away our rights, because it can’t enforce its decisions. When the judicial branch issues a...

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