… is from page 215 of George Will’s magnificent 2019 book, The Conservative Sensibility (footnote deleted):
Conservatism has no more urgent task than that of convincing the country that judicial deference often is dereliction of duty, and that an energetically engaged judiciary is necessary lest, in Justice Robert Jackson’s words, “the lights go out.”
DBx: Indeed (although what George Will calls “conservatism” is what I call “liberalism”).
Pictured above is U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Stephen J. Field. Nominated in 1863 for the Supreme Court by President Abraham Lincoln, Field was one of the finest jurists ever to serve in that body.