Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Ted Cruz pushes new linguistic frontiers

The phrase "judicial activism" has evolved quite a bit in the past two decades. It used to mean "judges reading more into the constitution and statutes than what was really there."  Then, as judges appointed by conservatives started getting more creative, it just became a shorthand for "decisions I disagree with."

But I think this is a step further. This is the first time I have seen the term "judicial activism" for not issuing a judicial decision. So now the decision not to engage in an activity is "activist."

(via Memeorandum)