Lovers of tax increases and big government and those who think the taxing power of Congress trumps the individual freedom protections in the Constitution have grown fond in recent days of justifying the Supreme Court decision upholding Obamacare as "putting the future of Obamacare in the hands of the voters."
Isn't that where it has always been?
When it gets right down to it, voters get the government they ask for. And in 2006 and 2008, voters asked for a change from the corruption and big government Republicanism of the Bush-Hastert-Frist years.
The problem is, what they got was not the center left "change" they were sold by the Obama campaign, but the radical left agenda that Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid have always said they supported and would strive to implement if they ever had the power to do so.
After less than three months of Obamanomics and the hard left governing agenda of the Obama-Pelosi-Reid triumverate, the Tea Party rebellion began brewing and quickly turned into the 2010 Tea Party wave election that swept Democrats out of the House majority in historic numbers.
Whether or not that wave would have continued to sweep Obama and more left leaning members of Congress and the House from office in the 2012 election was in doubt, because Republicans had yet to give voters an alternative that did not look suspiciously like a return to the old big government Republicanism voters rejected in 2006 and 2008.
As Chief Justice Roberts made clear in his ruling upholding Obamacare, it is now up to the voters to finish the job they began in 2010.
While the huge tax increase and the loss of individual freedom that the Obamacare ruling allow are nothing to the taken lightly, conservatives may find at least one useful side effect in Roberts' outragious ruling. Republican leaders in Congress can no longer weasel on whether or not they are going to run as the free market alternative to Obamacare and all the big goverment it represents.
Voters won't stand for any fudging or the pale pastels of "big government on the cheap" that establishment Republicans tend to embrace. In the face of the Obamacare ruling, voters want to see Republicans commit to an agenda painted in the bold colors of small government constitutional conservative principles.
Should we thank Chief Justice Roberts for his ruling alowing the Obamacare tax to go forward?
But Roberts ruling was a slap in the face reminder that the work the Tea Party began in 2009 was far from over and that future of freedom is always up to the voters.