Skip to comments.Why John Roberts is Mitt Romney's Secret Weapon
Posted on 07/01/2012 7:29:54 AM PDT by Kaslin
I would caution my fellow conservatives on the frustration they may be enticed to express at Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts. It is unwarranted, and it is unwise.
The reason I state such is that it is my firm belief that the Roberts' decision on the Obamacare mandate will without question bring about ultimate doom to the government control of healthcare, and through the best means possible--not judicial activism--but through the democratic process.
In boxing terminology no one has pulled a "rope-a-dope" this effective since Muhammad Ali himself. In doing so, it is clear that John Roberts duped the liberal wing of the Supreme Court into agreeing with him on calling out President Obama as legislatively dishonest, while assisting the conservative wing of the court into dismantling punitive measures against the states, and greatly limiting the ability of the legislature to use the powers of the commerce clause of the constitution to quietly take over people's lives.
Yes, conservative friends there are many silver linings in Thursday's odd verdict but let me assert merely four here:
1. Obamacare has been outed--by the authoritative voice of the nation's highest court-as a fraud. Yes the administration pitched it as a "penalty," as something that would not carry with it the burdensome label and politically repulsive thought of a tax. But Chief Justice Roberts seduced the four Obama supporters on the bench into agreeing that President Obama had in fact lied to the nation all through his 2008 campaign. Promising tax-cuts for 95% of the nation (a promise wrapped in a lie all its own), he has instead raised taxes--primarily on middle class families to the tune of $1.7 trillion dollars for the next decade. (And THAT'S just the starting point!) A tax, and nothing but a tax, is the only way the mandate funding could be understood in order for President Obama's only domestic initiative to survive. So a tax it is...
2. The commerce clause has been severely restricted. Roberts sided with the conservative wing of the court in asserting rightly that the Congress can't wander into a grey area of regulation, by attempting to force behavior of the population through manipulation of the commerce clause. The court rightly examined and asserted that the legislature has no right to legislate what people choose not to do. Punishments can not be levied on inaction. And if they attempt to do so, they must come in the form of a tax that the nation has recourse to change and remove through the electoral process.
3. The true cost to America's middle class was unveiled. Hiking taxes by close to $5 billion, with an additional $5 billion in medicare cuts, didn't close the loophole, no matter how much President Obama attempted to argue that it would. In reality the middle class families of America--already under assault by a horrible economy with limited prospects of improvement--will be forced to fork over another $1.7 trillion in forward looking deficits. Yes the families who earn $60-$90,000 per year will be the ones who make too much to qualify for the low income freebies, and not be making enough to be able to afford plans that they can buy in to. It will be these families who will be punitively crunched with this penalizing tax called Obamacare, and the Roberts' decision has removed the veil to allow this to be seen.
4. Perhaps the most important thing of all, the Roberts' decision will likely hand Governor Mitt Romney a 40 state victory in the upcoming elections. The Tea Party has been reignited. Grassroots groups have reawakened. And the roar of 2010 will be a distant memory when the voters take Governor Romney's advice and change Obamacare by removing President Obama.
To be very candid, I was more worried about the political outcomes of the case, had the justices thrown out the law all together in essence neutralizing one of the most glaring differences between the two sets of solutions being offered in this election cycle.
Instead we've been given an HD-retina-screen level upgrade in seeing the differences starkly and in greater contrast.
Re-elect President Obama and it will be the full implementation of the biggest small-business-killer ever invented by the Congress--Obamacare. Choose another path and you will set a course for the complete repeal of Obamacare, and the beginning of a new day for small business owners across the nation.
The choice is simple.
And John Roberts was the secret weapon that made it all happen, by outthinking everybody, and staying true to the Constitution.
Overall, not a bad outcome!
If it were 5 b we were talking about, nobody would care. Does he mean 500 b or 5 tr ?
Roberts’ job was to interpret the Constitution, not to try to swing the election our way. I don’t think there is anything he can do to accomplish that. And unfortunately, he’s misinterpreted the Constitution in a way that will resound for decades, maybe centuries.
Kevin McCullough is the Baghdad Bob of Townhall.com.
Roberts’ decision on PPACA is an unmitigated disaster.
You can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig.
JR screwed America with his decision, plain and simple. He damaged the constitution very badly. He set precedent. He’s now invited to all the swanky left wing DC shindigs as a hero. That’s the only “silver lining”, and it’s only JR’s. As the dem thug said, “It’s constitutional bitches”
Punishments can not be levied on inaction. But, we can tax inaction????????????? Makes reason stare......
What in the heck is a tax, but a punishment. Taxes are the biggest punishment we have in this life. Traitor Roberts is off his meds.
I am in agreement of three things.
First, the tax “anchor” on the re-election campaign is massive and will be continually brought up. If we were in a decent economy...maybe it’d slide by, but there’s no real recovery underway at present.
Second, as a minimum...the President is now stuck with the law, a Republican House, and a likely 50-member Republican senate in 2013. If the President finds flaws or problems of any nature....he’ll have to negotiate with them to pass the fix. My guess is that a laundry list of free deals will be on the table....to include tax reform, open drilling in the Gulf, and admitting some things on the gun-running episode.
Third and final, the Medicare angle to this entire mess is probably the weakest link. If the older generation is put at risk....it’ll come back in 2014 to be a massive hit on the Democrats in the election of that year.
Pssst...John Roberts poops rainbows and unicorns....pass it on.
More intellectual masturbation.
Apparently, the right has it's share of kool-aid drinkers.
I think everyone should listen to Mark Levin Friday show..
I never listen to Mark but I just happen to download his Friday show...warning if depressed do not listen..
Whatever Robert's intention was, the course is clear:
We have to remove the trash from the White House
We have to remove the trash from Congress
We have to remove the trash from the Senate
We have to remove the trash from the Unions
Get the idea? It's time to take out the trash or the country is finished, done for, stick a fork in it.
Some people say that when others are playing checkers, Roberts is playing chess. In this case, I think he was playing “Rock-Paper-Scissors-Lizard-Spock”. Maybe he had another seizure while writing his slap-dash findings.
Kevin, it is you that is unwise. And I also have some swampland in Florida to sell you.
This is not correct. The four doctrinairre leftists on the Court did not join in the Commerce Clause portion of Roberts opinion. Thus, Roberts, amongst the majority, was (on this issue) leading a parade and noone was following. To hold it was a tax and that Zero, therefore, duped everyone, required that it not be a penalty. But Buzzy et al wrote it was just fine as a mandate. Neither did the dissent call it a tax.
Lew is out there today saying **the only ones who will be penalized with the penalty are the (filthy-stinkin-rich) 1 percenters - and by the way, it's not a tax, it's a penalty.**
The author’s argument makes sense only if one is willing to believe that a majority of American voters will take up the cause and turn this country around.
Sadly, recent history would indicate such is not the case...
The Court has an obligation to interpret legislation in terms of the Constitution. In this case, CJ Roberts has clearly abrogated that responsibility.
As if they care about that....the bottom line is, they won, we lost, and that's that! And there is no frickin' way I would believe that Roberts is smarter than Scalia, who voted to get rid of this travesty....Roberts voted WITH Kagan, Sotomayor and Ginsburg.....'nuff said.
Uh, the American people, based on polling, were largely against 0care before this partial birth abortion of a ruling.
"The commerce clause has been severely restricted. "
NOT TRUE. Chief Injustice Roberts only gave it a good talking to. The other four libs are quite happy with it and when they get a 5th vote they won't give a rip about Roberts' dictum.
"The true cost to America's middle class was unveiled"
Not by Roberts' ruling. The people already understood this and are against it - see point #1 - it's the same thing.
"Perhaps the most important thing of all, the Roberts' decision will likely hand Governor Mitt Romney a 40 state victory in the upcoming elections."
There are all sorts of ways for Willard to lose in the Fall. Roberts didn't hand anyone to the right of Nazi Pelosi anything other than a big FU.
I would say a decade at the most. Don’t think we will be here for another century. Not with this bunch running us.
Great analysis. Too bad it doesn’t apply to anything on the planet Earth.
You are correct.
Thus, Roberts, amongst the majority, was (on this issue) leading a parade and noone was following.
The vote totals are more accurately represented as an 8 to 1 vote rather than 5 to 4 vote.
The ONLY bright side to this is it flushed out all the Friends of the State who pretend to be on our side.
He turned it into a racial issue..... real smart..... when he said "They had for more than a century before been regarded as beings of an inferior order, and altogether unfit to associate with the white race either in social or political relations, and so far inferior that they had no rights which the white man was bound to respect, and that the negro might justly and lawfully be reduced to slavery for his benefit "
The vote was 7 to 2, but Taney's decision drew 8 separately written concurrences or dissents!
This phenomenon is actually quite common. If you've ever been involved in the business of collecting bills, particularly large bills, you will have found that every now and then there's some guy who doesn't want to pay and he wants you to believe that he doesn't have to pay ~ even though the evidence is there that he owes the money.
This is what I call "someone who thinks he's discovered a new way to steal". Here we have Roberts actually suckering the main leftwingtards on the USSC to go along with his vote to uphold the law, yet they wrote dissents regarding his argument. Which proves that technique sometimes works ~ particularly with Leftists. They want the goodies, they'll cheat to get them ~ even steal candy from babies or tax the blind ~ yet they want other people to think they are innocent lest they be challenged.
No, folks, Roberts didn't invent anything new here ~ he simply lied to you, and you let greed get in your way.
This is the old Gypsy trick called "The Pigeon Drop" ~
On the wheel of intelligence, Roberts is so clever by half that he shot past ‘genius’ and wound up right back on ‘moron’.
The idea that the commerce clause has been restricted is BS. In order for it to be considered precedent it has to be part of the majority opinion which it wasn’t even though 4 other justices included it in their desent.
The Constitution got overturned! Obama got his signature legislation okayed by SCOTUS! The left is rejuvenated and this idiot is trying to tell us that it was really a deep dark secret plot to really get the bad guys in the end. What comic book is he reading. These kind of plots only work in grade B movies and children stories.
The fact is that now the federal gov’t has the constitutional right to tell the citizens of this country what they have to buy or be faced with a confiscatory tax. How is this for a plot. A law and order party gets into power and based upon their review of cost of providing police protection, it is cheaper and more effective for the populace to protect themselves. Therefore, everyone must purchase and be trained in how to use a handgun. Everyone must carry their handgun with them at all times, including children over the age of 6 years (eliminates pedophiles real quick). If anyone is caught without a hand gun in their possession or they do not own one, they will be taxed $5,000.00. This is the average cost to provide police response to an emergency that they could have handled themselves had they been armed. I wonder how fast the lib army would scream at this one. It would make the Tea Party look like a bunch of good honest American citizens. Oh, wait. . .
I think the point he was trying to make was that 5 billion in taxes, along with 5 billion in Medicare cuts, wasn’t enough.
I love how some folks can convince themselves that somehow or another they’re eating from the clean end of a sh!t sandwich.
There are a couple of things wrong with this thinking. The first is that Obama could win reelection, and the other, a little more subtle, is that Roberts did a job that wasn’t his to do. He became one more noisy cog of big government pushing partisan politics. Gee, these two things make me think of a third. Since everyone is doing their own thing, Obama doing whatever he wants, Roberts doing what he wants, it is foolish to anticipate future events according to the rules of the game. So, defending wrong acts from the hope that good things might happen in the future is, ...well, ...crazy.
“The Tea Party has been reignited. Grassroots groups have reawakened.”
When Romney wins or has taken a big lead, this will be used by the MSN as it is here, to be the reason for “igniting” and “awakening” the Tea Party.
The Tea Party was ALREADY very much awake and ignited. Granted, this will be a big boost to the movement, but to imply they were dormant is ridiculous. The Tea Party has been electing Conservatives in many primaries.
The elites don’t understand “The Tea Party”. They think it is some sort of “political party”, when it is actually a grassroots MOVEMENT. Most of the Tea Party soldiers have never been to a rally or an event. We are ready and waiting for the call to battle, election day.
“President is now stuck with the law, a Republican House, and a likely 50-member Republican senate in 2013”
Nonsense. If Obama wins reelection he’ll very likely regain control of congress and the the march towards socialism will proceed at a much faster pace.
If you are familiar with the congressional tactic of loading up good bills with pork and other unrelated “riders”, you should also be aware that the same tactic has just been introduced into Supreme Court decisions.
Obamacare is LOADED with unconstitutional law... it’s not just the mandate.
By NOT ruling the entire law unconstitutional, Roberts has EFFECTIVELY (if not technically) ruled the ENTIRE healthcare law constitutional.
Don’t believe me? Watch what happens in the media when the bill is re-challenged in court.
Everyone is focusing on the mandate, but they fail to see the ramifications of other provisions such as the establishment of religion through the exemption clause.
If SCOTUS fails to re-address this ruling, the constitution is effectively TOAST!
F* Roberts. The American people shouldnt have to rely on fate, cosmic interference, economic reality, alien invasion, or whatnots for a montrously bad bill to die, with the country going down with it. CJ can not tell if it is constitutional, then he/she is way over his/her head. Sir Napsalot on June 30, 2012 at 5:20 PM
I agree that the decision was a win, but not for the reasons this apologist lists. It was a win because we tacitly got the truth: the game is rigged. So long as we play it we’re stuck in a political equivalent of 3 card monte. Our choices if we wish to win are to either change the rules or walk away from the game and play a different one.
The only folks who actually won anything here was the political establishment. Oh, and the secessionists.
This doesn't speak well of Romney.
Good point. Isn't this bill like 2700 separate laws bundled together as one law?
Mark Levin: absolutely lawless. . . a brutal assault on individual sovereignty.
Only 51 Senators are needed to offload this thing. We conservatives need to first concentrate on regaining the Senate and defeating Obama Those are entirely doable.
After spending yesterday in a funk, I was encouraged to see the so-called “bounce” for Obama on the heels of the USSC ruling has come and gone.
Let`s push to get the pro-Obamacare thugs out of office. That`s Job One. If there`s nothing else Roberts has done, it`s much more clearly defined the issue. It`s a ****ing TAX, and GOPers need to make that point succinctly and clearly.. that they will push to repeal it.
Chief Justice moved beyond role of Constitutional interpreter to playing King Solomon. In the immediate term, this is a further defeat for Constitutional law. Even if Roberts had voted with the minority, it does not solve the political strife that brought us to this point.
As we move forward in the next 4 months, if the GOP cannot take the side benefits of this decision to political victory, we deserve to go down. Roberts’ decision will always be viewed as political, but he is correct that Obamacare is a beast born of politics and can only be killed by politics.
After we deal with our outrage over the decision, we have to embrace the opportunity that this decision and the Wisconsin recall defeat (victory for conservatives) brings to us. Either we fight and defeat liberalism, or we go down to defeat as a nation and a culture. Roberts and the Left of the court may be the near-term villains, but we always need a villain to kick us into action.
What will doom Obamacare is the bankruptcy of the US because of Obamacare. Then we'll want Greece to bail us out.
Thank you for the link, and for the warning. I like Levin and downloaded for listening later... too bummed for our country right now even though it’s a beautiful morning.
Ok, let's see if I understand; We traded the immediate end of ObamaCare now for "ultimate doom" of ObamaCare at some unspecified point in the future... which is way better.
Justice Roberts just expanded the tax power to absurd and unprecedented levels. Congress now has the power to inflict on every individual American any sort of regulatory penalty it pleases, so long as it calls it a tax and has the IRS collect it. It’s an outrageous power grab by the feds.
Jhon Roberts is a POS lowlife fascist, he represents to lowest of pretenders. While pretending to support the US Constitution he betrays it at the very time he needed to stand tall.
We cannot allow this law to stand and we must be sure that no Bush is ever in the WH again.
I have no respect for the SCOTUS whatsoever, they are every bit as corrupt as the US COngress.
“We have to remove the trash...”
As if we weren’t already working on that? So, what? Roberts decision means we have to keep doing what we were doing? Great.... thanks John.