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Are We Being Too Hard On John Roberts? ^ | July 5th, 2012 | Ken Connor

Posted on 07/05/2012 7:14:59 PM PDT by Salvation

Are We Being Too Hard On John Roberts?

“Members of this court are vested with the authority to interpret the law; we possess neither the expertise nor the prerogative to make policy judgments.  Those decisions are entrusted to our nation’s leaders, who can be thrown out of office if the people disagree with them.  It is not our job to protect the people from the consequences of their political choices.”
-Chief Justice John Roberts in NFIB vs. Sebelius


Conservatives are apoplectic that John Roberts, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, sided with the liberal wing of the court in largely upholding the constitutionality of The Affordable Care Act (ACA).  Their rhetoric has been filled with invective and they have described Roberts as “a traitor to his philosophy” who is “forever stained in the eyes of Conservatives.” His opinion has been called “the worst kind of judicial activism” and characterized as “a 21st century Dred Scott decision.”

You get the picture.  In joining the majority in upholding Obamacare, Roberts has become the Benedict Arnold of the Bench.

To my friends on the right, I say, “Enough with the hyperbole.  Take a breath.  Chill out!  Roberts is not guilty of the perfidy of which you accuse him and he has given us a great gift for the coming election.”

And before we go further, let’s make one thing clear.  In ascending to the Supreme Court, John Roberts did not take an oath to advance the cause of conservatism or the agenda of the Republican Party.  He did not agree to become a judicial activist for the Right. He took an oath to uphold the Constitution.  The role of the Court is to interpret the Constitution, and in the Obamacare decision, he has made a good faith, well-reasoned, carefully considered attempt to do just that.  The fact that we may not agree with the outcome he reached does not make him a traitor or some kind of a two-horned, one-eyed judicial activist.  Surely there is room for honest disagreement within conservative ranks.  And is charity not one of the virtues we extol?


Conservatives should take heart from Justice Roberts’ explication of Congress’ power under the Commerce Clause of the Constitution.  That clause has provided the pretext for an incredible expansion of the federal government into the lives of its citizens.  Roberts, however, dismantled the government’s argument that the ACA represented an appropriate exercise of power under the Commerce Clause and its kissing cousin, the Necessary and Proper Clause, which gives Congress the authority to do those things necessary and proper for carrying out its enumerated powers.

Rejecting the ACA’s individual mandate provision as an appropriate exercise of Congress’ authority to “regulate” commerce, Roberts ruled that a consumer’s “inactivity” in failing to purchase health insurance could not be equated with the “activity” of purchasing it.  In the absence of such commercial activity, Congress had nothing to regulate.  Additionally, Roberts ruled that Congress’ passage of the ACA was not a “proper” exercise of its authority under the Necessary and Proper Clause.  In so ruling, Roberts affirmed the importance of the Tenth Amendment and struck a blow for the rights of the states and their people to be free from unwarranted and unconstitutional intrusion by the federal government.

The real rub for conservatives is that Roberts found that Congress had the power under the Taxing and Spending Clause to enact the individual mandate required by the ACA and to financially penalize those who do not purchase health insurance under the new program.  In doing so, Roberts looked beyond the euphemistic form of the language Congress used to describe the consequences of failing to make such a purchase (“shared responsibility payment” and “penalty”) to the substance of those consequences.  He then called what he perceived to be a spade a “spade,” denominating it a “tax.”  In doing so, Roberts found that portion of the ACA to be a proper exercise of the Congress’ taxing authority, and therefore, constitutional.

In reaching his conclusion, Roberts acted in accordance with historical precedents which provide that when a statute is capable of two interpretations—one of which would result in the statute being unconstitutional and the other of which would result in the statute being constitutional—courts should indulge the interpretation which favors constitutionality.  In other words, courts should show deference to the people’s elected representatives and not be too eager to invalidate laws passed by them by declaring them unconstitutional.

Roberts also pointed out that there is a remedy for those who don’t like Obamacare, namely an election.  If people don’t like Obamacare, if they think it is a socialistic, job-killing, tax-hiking, economy-stifling program that America can’t afford, if they think it will degrade the quality of medical care in this country, they can throw the rascals out who passed it and elect a new set of rascals who will repeal it.  That’s what democracy is all about.

Elections have consequences, and John Roberts is absolutely right that it is not the role of the Court to protect the people from the consequences of their political choices.  That’s what judicial activists do.  They invalidate legislation based on whimsy and substitute their own fanciful ideas about what’s prudent for that of our elected representatives.  Judicial activism short-circuits the democratic process and puts power in the hands of a judicial oligarchy.  Roberts has not engaged in judicial activism.  In this case, he has left the power make change in the hands of the people.  So if you don’t like Obamacare, do something about it.  Stop whining and get off your duff and go to work to elect those who will repeal it.  And for goodness’ sake, get off the back of John Roberts.  He doesn’t deserve our derision.

Ken Connor is an attorney and co-author of “Sinful Silence: When Christians Neglect Their Civic Duty”  He is also Chairman of the Center for a Just Society.  For more articles and resources from Mr. Connor and the Center for a Just Society, go to

TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: apolitical; apologist; authorondrugs; catholic; hhs; idiocy; johnroberts; moral; notcharity; obamacare; political; prolife; scotus
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To: Salvation

Wait a minute. Is this a deal where you cannot criticize a Roman Catholic? I couldn’t care less what his religion is.

His fellow Catholics on the bench said he’s nuts. And they are right.

41 posted on 07/05/2012 7:34:37 PM PDT by DManA
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To: Salvation

Yes, we should encourage the judiciary to originate tax bills in Judge Roberts’ office. It’s none of the Houses business!.

42 posted on 07/05/2012 7:34:55 PM PDT by jwalsh07 (.)
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To: oldtimer

It wouldn’t surprise me. But even if that were the case, you still have to do the right thing.

Bravery still counts.

43 posted on 07/05/2012 7:35:25 PM PDT by Absolutely Nobama (The Doomsday Clock is at 11:59:00......)
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To: I see my hands

I wonder which of these two monsters did more damage to America...

44 posted on 07/05/2012 7:35:48 PM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: aimhigh

Yah, or he would have been one who, back in 1776 at the Continental Congress who would have been trying to convince everyone to pay King Georges taxes to keep peace with england... to the author I say, “I spit in your eye Ken, you cheap bastard”.

45 posted on 07/05/2012 7:36:41 PM PDT by dps.inspect (rage against the Obama machine...)
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To: Salvation

I don’t know who this author is, but he’s full of it.

46 posted on 07/05/2012 7:37:04 PM PDT by prairiebreeze (Don't be afraid to see what you see. -- Ronald Reagan)
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To: DManA

I am a practicing Catholic. John Roberts is a practicing judicial activist bordering on megalomania.

47 posted on 07/05/2012 7:37:34 PM PDT by jwalsh07 (.)
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To: Absolutely Nobama; oldtimer

This thread gives some hints about why he may have changed his mind. In a word, blackmail about homocrap.

48 posted on 07/05/2012 7:38:19 PM PDT by little jeremiah
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To: Uncle Slayton

When there is a Democratic Death Panel reading your FR posts just prior to making a critical decision about your life and execution, you will know the answer to that question.

49 posted on 07/05/2012 7:38:19 PM PDT by Uncle Slayton
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To: Salvation
If the argument is being made that SCOTUS must uphold law and that Obamacare is law and that these conditions impact the process in a way that would not have happened had Obamacare not become law, and therefore a greater responisibility lies with those who did not act with enough effort to prevent it from becoming law, I say he has a valid point.

It is we, the people, after all, who are empowered by our constitution to self-govern.

I will say again, the Bishops did not lift a finger to remind us of that tremendous, God-given and hard-won responsibility. Because they were too busy believing Obama when he told them what they so wanted to hear, because as Archbishop Timothy Dolan has said repeatedly, "the Church has been advocating for universal healthcare for nearly 100 years."

Careful what you wish for, excellency. And what you're willing to believe. And whose futures you'll trade in to get it.

50 posted on 07/05/2012 7:38:45 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (A Dalmation was spotted wagging its tail.)
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To: dirtboy
Elections have consequences, and John Roberts is absolutely right that it is not the role of the Court to protect the people from the consequences of their political choices.

No, it is the role of the Court to protect the Constitution that Roberts so brutally betrayed. Roberts has destroyed the Constitution by effectively removing any limit to federal power, and pieces like this article are trying to spin it as if the court is doing us a favor by allowing the federal government to unconstitutionally grab more power.

It is not the job of the court to protect citizens from their own political choices, UNLESS those choices are unconstitutional. Obamacare WAS and IS unconstitutional and the justices that voted for it should be investigated and removed by Congress for abuse of power (and in the case of Kagan, corruption/ethical breaches for not recusing herself, even though she was involved in the government's defense of the law).

51 posted on 07/05/2012 7:38:45 PM PDT by old republic
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To: GenXteacher
"Actually, we are not being hard enough."

Yep, it's pretty difficult to get a hold of Roberts to be able to land a figurative blow.

52 posted on 07/05/2012 7:39:47 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Salvation


and NO

53 posted on 07/05/2012 7:40:18 PM PDT by jjw
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To: ConjunctionJunction

I think the reputation of the Court is worse than it was before his reckless decision. Gay bath house photos?.. Ohhhh, never mind.

54 posted on 07/05/2012 7:44:04 PM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: MtnClimber

I’m with you, but Roberts seems to like the cocktail parties.

55 posted on 07/05/2012 7:45:18 PM PDT by ConjunctionJunction
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To: Uncle Slayton

Mandatory Internet ID will make that so much easier, won’t it.. That’s coming too.

56 posted on 07/05/2012 7:45:40 PM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: old republic
"Elections have consequences, and John Roberts is absolutely right that it is not the role of the Court to protect the people from the consequences of their political choices. "

A specious argument that ignores the 2010 Congressional elections.

Sending that POS bill (that didn't have a severability clause/provision) back to Congress would have killed it as the US voting population desired in effecting the 2011 change in the House.

57 posted on 07/05/2012 7:45:58 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: the invisib1e hand
100 percent of the bishops spoke out against Obamacare. Guess you may not have kept up with that news. Here's a LONG refresher course.

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A letter from Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr concerning HHS edict
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(Pittsburgh Bishop Zubik comments:) HHS delays rule on contraceptive coverage
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Contraception mandate tramples religious freedom, US bishops say

58 posted on 07/05/2012 7:46:36 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation; All

“Conservatives should take heart from Justice Roberts’ explication of Congress’ power under the Commerce Clause of the Constitution.”

Wrong. This was a major defeat. Now all CONgress needs to do is call its nefarious plots a “tax” and that’s all she wrote. Soon, we can expect things like this:

Drive a hybrid or pay a tax.

Lose weight or pay a tax.

Install solar panels on your roof or pay a tax.

Attend “sensitivity training” or pay a tax.

Weatherize your home or pay a tax.

We could go on and on, one oppression after the next.

59 posted on 07/05/2012 7:46:36 PM PDT by Absolutely Nobama (The Doomsday Clock is at 11:59:00......)
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To: Salvation


60 posted on 07/05/2012 7:46:36 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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