Although it never “goes viral” or even elicits much comment, I never miss a chance, whether in a post or in commenting about the latest episode of judicial mispractice in this country, to point out that there are 864 federal judges in the United States. Eight hundred and sixty four. Counting the appeals courts and the district courts and of course the Supremes, there are as many federal judges with jurisdiction in Indiana, where I live, as there are members of the Indiana State Senate (50).
It is not a “hot button” topic in the blogosphere, although there are always rants about “judicial activism” or “judicial overreach”. Or, cases of pseudo-constitutional governance and betrayal by judges who seem to want to dance with other than who brung ’em. And yet somehow most commentators, who talk about our “bloated” federal bureaucracy, and with good reason, don’t seem bothered by the plethora of “deciders” we have in our Third Branch of Government and the opportunity for mischief and chaos and eradication of certain sovereignties and reserved powers and individual rights because of it….