For years now, I’ve been arguing here that of all the hypocrisies peddled by political conservatives, few are as ridiculous as their avowed antipathy toward so-called judicial activism.


This right-wing bugaboo arises from a principle called “judicial review,” which is the power of a court to review an act of legislation to see if it comports with the U.S. Constitution. For 211 years now, the Supreme Court has claimed the authority to void acts of Congress if they are seen to violate our national charter.


But whenever the high court exercises this authority to strike down an act of Congress ...

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For years now, I’ve been arguing here that of all the hypocrisies peddled by political conservatives, few are as ridiculous as their avowed antipathy toward so-called judicial activism.

This right-wing bugaboo arises from a principle called “judicial review,” which is the power of a court to review an act of legislation to see if it comports with the U.S. Constitution. For 211 years now, the Supreme Court has claimed the authority to void acts of Congress if they are seen to violate our national charter.

But whenever the high court exercises this authority to strike down an act of Congress ...

Read more