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  • By this argument, a classic example of the courts "pushing the people around" would be Brown v. Board of Education. The ruling that overthrew the Plessy v. Ferguson "separate but equal" doctrine was wildly unpopular, proved a catalyst for a lot of violence, but eventually led to a greater inclusion of non-white people in society. Are you suggesting the ruling was a bad thing or that the courts should not be involved?

    You've chosen deliberately loaded words such as "People got tired of the courts pushing them around", "it's the use of the courts that causes most of the problem" and "the courts take over." Now I agree there is a lot of belittling of people for their beliefs, but I'm not quite certain what you're actually getting at here. You say pretty strong things about the courts, but I don't see a proposed solution to the "problem" (which I put in quotes because I'm not sure what problem you're trying to shed light on.)

    • It's a problem when the courts are wrong. You say Brown v. Board of Education, I say Dred Scott v. Sanford.

    • Are you suggesting the ruling was a bad thing or that the courts should not be involved?

      I think you're misunderstanding me. The third example I gave is one where I wholeheartedly agree with the ruling of the court, even though it overturned the expressed will of the people and was wildly unpopular.

      I was not making an argument that courts should not get involved. I was saying it seems silly to attack people for reacting to it when they do.

      Last night I went to a "town hall" meeting with the chairman of