I’m as shocked and angered by the high court’s Obamacare ruling as you are, but after my head exploded and I put it back together here’s the first thought that crept in:
Anything that’s bad for government is, by definition, good for freedom. At least in the long run. And this outrageous ruling is very, very bad for the Supreme Court, which (at least before today) has been the least hated branch of government.
Thank you, Chief Justice John Roberts, for this shocking betrayal. Never again will you, or any self-proclaimed constitutional conservative, be trusted to be who you say you are.
Gone are the days when we look to the court to save us from travesties like Obamacare.
For starters, how did we get to the point where the freedom of 300 million people can be wiped away at the whim of one or two Supreme Court justices? We fought a revolution for this??
I lost total faith in the high court after the 2005 Kelo v. City of New London ruling, in which the justices decreed the town of New London, Connecticut, could use eminent domain to condemn a neighborhood of perfectly good homes at the behest of a shopping center developer.
What vital public interest was at stake? Seems the very public-minded developer promised local politicians the shopping center would provide them with more tax revenue than they were getting from the residents’ property taxes. That’s not the road to serfdom – that’s serfdom.
Historic footnote: The developer later determined the shopping center was not so feasible after all – and pulled out. So today the town council has no tax revenue from the shopping center . . . or from the property taxes (since the homes were razed) . . . and of course the homeowners are homeowners no more.
Such is the wisdom of our Supreme Court.
After the Kelo ruling, the court became, as Tony Soprano might say, dead to me. With the Obamacare ruling the Supreme Court should be dead to you, too. And that’s good news!
Never again will we have to worry our pretty little heads over what the swing vote(s) on the court will decide. After all, Roberts wasn’t even considered a swing vote – yet he flipped like one of the Wallenda brothers.
During his Senate confirmation hearings the earnest Roberts gave us every reason to believe he was a solid, constitutional conservative. Then he promptly cooperated in turning our health care over to the DMV.
If even Roberts can flip, where does that leave us?
Do we now have six potential liberal votes on the court, everyone except Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito?
It gets worse: How can we ever trust any future nominee to be who he says he (or she) is? Polygraphs, anyone?
The only solution is to fight with every fiber of our being to elect a supermajority of constitutional conservatives to Congress. Demand they enact constitutional legislation only. And if they betray us and pull a Roberts, they can be fired in two years, or at most six – but they won’t be able to thumb their noses at us for life.
Meanwhile, with no significant decisions to make – since no unconstitutional legislation will be enacted – the Supreme Court will be relegated to the role of, well, referee. After all, it can’t ruin what it can’t touch. Soon they will plunge into the obscurity they so richly deserve.
Isn’t that good news?
But wait – there’s more!
The natives (that’s you and me) are restless. We’ve had it up to “here” and we’re not going to take it anymore.
I predict conservatives, libertarians and independents will be so energized by the Obamacare ruling that another massive gang of liberals will get swept out of the House and Senate; Mitt Romney, flawed as he is, will win by a big margin; and the public will scream so loudly to overturn Obamacare that the usually-spineless Republicans will be forced to erase every jot and tittle; and Romney will sign it.
If so, we’ll have Chief Justice John Roberts to thank.