Yes it did take brains to so intricately twist that legal pretzel to transform a penalty into a tax, especially given the language of the bill. I am going to agree with Goldberg, Roberts likely doesn’t even believe his own twisted reasoning. He made the decision purely on political grounds, to either save his arse from threats, or save the image of the Court.
In spite of him self and his intentions, if Patriots are activated by this misguided activism of Roberts and manage to right this wrong, then Roberts’ action will be good...in spite of him.
I don’t get it but I’m a simple man. I don’t get how this has saved the image of the court. It has made me scornful of it to wonder why we even have it.
The very idea that you can throw a decision preserve the image of the court is anathema to the integrity of the court.
We are morally, ethically and spiritually bankrupt. The ideas that right is right no matter how many are against you and wrong is wrong no matter how many are for it... is mostly dead.
I hope and pray that Roberts is haunted by some malevolent spirit for the rest of his miserable life and that it drives him to madness.