"A judicial activist is a judge who
interprets the Constitution to mean
what it would have said if he,
instead of the Founding Fathers,
had written it."
Senator Sam Ervin
(1896-1985) United States Senator NC-D (1954-1974)
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Very true. An activist judge is a politician hiding behind the safety of a black robe and hurts the interests of both.
 -- Jitendra Kaushal, Gurgaon, India     
     -- Justin, Elkland      
    We do not live in the mid-18th century. The constitution only has meaning as it applies to our lives today.
     -- Anonymous, Reston, VA, US     
    The current nominee is just Barack Obama in a dress. He may as well gone to Russia and nominated Putin.
     -- jim k, Austin,Tx     
    Anonymous believes an umpire or referee can change the rules of the game while on the field even though they did not write the rule book. The thought of a true socialists.
     -- cal, lewisville, tx     
    Screw those asshole judges.
     -- Anonymous     
    Jitendra Kaushal, said well - you should comment more often. The judicial activists have legislated law, justice, freedom, liberty, inalienable rights and, what the Founding Fathers had intended in the Representative Republic as set forth by the limiting Constitution out of existence.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
     -- Perry, San Jose      
    Some judicial activists try to make judges accountable for the unlawful decisions that come out of their mouths in their courtrooms. One organization's leader Elaine Sassower had been jailed for asking for clarification, attacked because of her beliefs that judges are not the Constitution and cannot be above the law, although some have loudly proclaimed they are above the law. Unfortunately judges now make decisions without entering conclusions of law and matters of fact, so that their decisions cannot be appealed. This is happening more and more. The judges are out of control, and have no one who will hold them accountable.
     -- Judith, Corrales     
    By the way, Elena Sassower is an attorney, as well as is her mother, both of whom work together to try to improve judicial accountability. http://www.judgewatch.org/
     -- Judith, Corrales     
    Judith, thank you. That is but one area in the how's and why's of judicial activism being a politically correct way of saying judges are legislative criminals, unprincipled / immoral revenuers, and power / hate mongers. (-; and that's some of the nicest things that can be said about them ;-)
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
     -- Wayne, Naples      
    Judith, right-on.
     -- RBESRQ     
     -- Anonymous      
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