Ac­tivist judges

Austin American-Statesman - - OPINION -

Re: July 4 ar­ti­cle “Judg­ing ‘ac­tivism’.” I can agree that judges who rule in a way that gives them more power is ac­tivism, but the author’s opin­ion that judges who rule to limit the leg­is­la­ture are ac­tivists is wrong. Read­ing the Con­sti­tu­tion sup­ports my state­ment.

Through­out the Con­sti­tu­tion are rules that say what the govern­ment can’t do. The Con­sti­tu­tion was a con­tract be­tween sov­er­eign states and was writ­ten in a way that spelled out specif­i­cally what pow­ers the fed­eral govern­ment has. Judges who rule to limit what the leg­is­la­ture does are fol­low­ing what the framers in­tended.

bRian b. liEb­man lieb­manb@earth­


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