Sometimes, systematic public use of a descriptive or neutral term in a derogatory sense forces the widespread understanding of that term to include a negative connotation.
But it's not working with the term "activist judges."
It's not that we don't understand what you're trying to do here, but some terms just resist repurposing. You might just as well be saying "ice cream" or "little puppies" or "nice boobs."
Just an FYI, you know, because we're just, well, a little embarrassed for you.
Little Blue Dog