On “Activist Judges”

During the past half century Republicans have decried the existence of “activist judges” who apparently over turn the rule of existing norms such as segregation or women as second class citizens. Just about every Republican candidate for president in this time period has promised to only appoint judges who carry out the law, the law that conforms to conservative philosophy. President Obama made clear his belief in the importance of the Affordable Health law which was passed by Congress.

Obama’s comment expecting the  Supreme Court to uphold the importance of national health insurance was seized upon by Republicans who insist there should not be any criticism of judges. I assume this means one is an “activist judge” if you support social justice like ending segregation, but when a judge over turns national health insurance, he is simply carrying out the desires of our Founding Fathers.