The Supreme Court, as everyone knows by now, upheld ObamaCare, declaring that, while the mandate is unconstitutional, the requirement to pay for health care is a legitimate tax, despite the initial, and very clear, argument originally made by the administration that the mandate was not a tax (this looks like the old FDR bait-and-switch on social security, to me). Roberts voted with the leftists on this. That is a huge disappointment, but not entirely surprising given his reputation for the fine splitting of hairs on the narrowest possible legal grounds – legal folly, in this case, as the decision represents the upholding of an abominable law on the basis of a very dubious technicality. So, I suppose if the government can link any new encroachment on individual liberty with a tax, then the underlying legislation (or executive order) is constitutional. Funny, but I have a vague recollection of the origins of the United States of America having something to do with a little disagreement about the government’s power to tax.
The political upshot is that the decision may truly ignite the conservative base (and many independents) and boost turn out in November, so that we have a chance to heave the Choom Master out of the White House (and a substantial number of his Democrat confederates out of the Senate and House of Representatives). Otherwise, we will be well on our way to smiley-faced fascism (the smile ultimately to be dropped, no doubt, in the face of resistance). In fact, we have advanced pretty far down that road, already. I mean, consider this: if the economy were performing marginally better than it is right now, Obama would probably be coasting to a second term. In spite of the astonishing radicalization and lawlessness of his Department of Justice, the Fast and Furious outrage, the assault on states’ rights, the utter imbecility of the president’s budget proposals, the dictatorial wielding of executive orders and regulations, the divisive class warfare rhetoric, the overwhelming arrogance and ideological extremism of practically everyone in his administration, the modus operandi of Chicago gangsterism and crony capitalism - in spite of all this, Obama would very possibly be home free, save for the continuing bad economic news.
A people who have forgotten how to value freedom, and who have lost their commitment to staying alert to assaults upon it, do not deserve to, and will not, remain free. What a pity if those of us who love liberty find ourselves in some nightmarish, Orwellian world through the apathy, ignorance and dependency of 51% of our “fellow” citizens.
Update: Ace provides some much-needed perspective, and also offers up this hilarious take
BREAKING: Eric Holder releases new statement: Fast and Furious was a tax.Update II: Not really relevant, but does anybody else think that Roberts looks a little like the “Bob” character who appeared a few years ago in those risqué ads for some kind of penis-enlargement drug? I merely ask.
Update III: If this is true, then Roberts obviously could use some of the aforementioned potion.
Update IV: Romney raises over $100,000 in donations in the fifty minutes after the SCOTUS decision on ObamaCare was revealed. Now (1:54 pm) over a million dollars, Romney and RNC combined.
Update V: Democrats keepin’ it classy.
Update VI: Jeff Goldstein absolutely nails the linguistic incoherence of Chief Justice
Update VII: At the federal agency where I work, there is a senior staff meeting held every Thursday, almost without fail. Today, shortly after the SCOTUS announcement, the meeting, which had been scheduled to take place as usual, was summarily cancelled without explanation. I strongly suspect that the politicals have rushed off to join Pelosi and other assorted high-profile constitutional demolitionists at their impromptu orgies of self-congratulation. I am reliably informed, in fact, that Pelosi is at this very moment standing in the center of a pentagram drawn on the floor of her office for the occasion, dropping the shredded remains of the constitution into a steaming cauldron of chicken blood.
And since Pelosi really did throw a party today, celebrating this horrible SCOTUS decision, I pronounce her doom:
Exult in the deviltries of thy coven while thou canst , witch, for, come the autumn, Nemesis shall stalk the heath, and she shall bring off thy soul on the sword point of divine retribution, and she shall come to me and place the withered thing in the hollow of my hand.
Last update to this post: For those who think Roberts did conservatives some kind of favor, by allegedly cutting off future abuses of the commerce clause, Legal Insurrection encourages you to think again.