The final two paragraphs of Law and Judicial Duty by Philip Hamburger:
In the end, the common law ideals of law and judicial duty can be considered attempts to secure a firm footing at the edge of a chasm of lawlessness. A body that was the final judge might come to view itself as above the law of the land and thus absolute, and after the king in this way took advantage of his claim to be the final judges of his prerogative, Parliament responded by expanding upon its own claim of absolute power, which it based on its status as the highest court in the realm. Even in Parliament, however, a power above law was dangerous, and this gave particular significance to the constitutional solution, which could be understood to deny a power above law to any part of government. From such a perspective, any human power above human law resided exclusively in the people, whose constitution established a government entirely under law.
The power above human law, however, has not remained entirely in the people. The attribution of this absolute power to the people avoided some of the dangers of its being concentrated in government, but the people have been no more divine in their exercise of will than their kings and legislatures, and many Americans, in their desire to prevent the people from abusing the power above law, have invited their judges to exercise it. Thus, after the power above the law of the land finally shifted from government to the people, it has come to be at least partly relocated in the judges. In taking up this power, the judges have found sophisticated support in the old academic sensibilities, and not unlike some kings and Parliament when they claimed to be the final arbiter, American judges have acquired a taste for power above the law. Perhaps every society needs this sort of power, but in denying absolute power to Parliament, Americans did not give it to the judges, and although it is questionable whether the people, being merely human, will always act wisely and justly in exercising their power above the law of the land, it is even more doubtful whether the judges or any other persons in government can be trusted with such a power. Men will ever be discontent with law and ambitious for power, and judges will ever be vain enough to aspire to a justice above human law, but it is therefore all the more important for judges to recall the common law ideals of law and judicial duty.