I have spent the past 37 years at the Bar. During that time I have seen courts grow ever greater as a force in this Republic, almost all to the bad. The last people who should be in charge of public policy are Judges. Courts exist in a completely artificial world, where Judges wield large power with zip responsibility if they rule poorly in a case. We have allowed activists groups, in league with activist courts, to hijack these humble fora for resolving mostly criminal cases and private disputes, and transform them into Platonic Guardian centers of ultimate power, where blacked robed lawyers issue edicts to elected officials. This of course is completely antithetical to the system of government established by the Founding Fathers in which the Judiciary was to be the weakest branch and play a fairly modest role. The usurpation of power by the Judiciary lies at the core so may problems that bedevil us, and until this usurpation is addressed and reversed we are condemned to sow the wind in so many areas of public policy.