Chief Justice Roberts And The Final Lesson

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Ask the right Republican (I’m looking at you, Erick Erickson) and he’ll tell you that, on Thursday, Chief Justice John Roberts didn’t murder the Constitutional separation of powers that has kept this country from either falling into the sort of state that would welcome back King George III with open arms or devolving into open conflict. According to a number of self-described conservatives and Roberts apologists, he did the opposite. In declaring Obamacare a tax (as opposed to the penalty President Barack Obama proffered in lower Federal court proceedings), Roberts deftly handed the reins of authority back to Congress. By RINO logic, Roberts correctly surmised that since taxing power lies within the purview of the legislative branch rather than the executive, declaring Obamacare’s central tenet a “tax” ensured that Congress could choke off Obamacare like a Planned Parenthood butcher chokes off unborn children (and likely with similar glee).

Begging your pardon, my fine fair-weather friends, but that is a steaming load of the sort of stuff Al Sharpton smears on teenage girls. In order to save individual liberties and the fiscal future of the Republic, Roberts gave the contents of the National safe to the Stalinist thugs who broke through the door. Perhaps he thought that would spur the rest of us to rise up and collectively toss the Democratic home invaders back on the lawn. But as anyone who lives in a Democratic-majority city knows, once the bad guys get in the house, they’ll leave only with all of your belongings or a bellyful of lead. (I recommend .12 gauge buckshot for your home-defense needs.)

Presuming the RINOs are correct, we’re supposed to believe that one of our own “roofied” us and set us down amid a group of politicos which includes Bill Clinton — all in an effort to teach us a lesson about Constitutional dictates. Should that be the case, Roberts has accomplished his goal in an inappropriate manner, and he’s identified himself as the worst sort of turncoat. You don’t set your house on fire to teach the kids a lesson about playing with matches too close to the drapes.

And Roberts’ overly accommodating accomplices will have to pardon me: We don’t require the lesson. Judging by the unpopularity of Obamacare among the majority of Americans, most of us already understood that such bureaucratic behemoths threaten civil liberties the way the Internal Revenue Service is going to threaten taxpayers who defy the Imperial Presidency. (And won’t it be exciting when the first IRS strike team runs into citizens who employ their 2nd Amendment rights to defend the rest?) Those who support Obamacare vote for Democrats. So as long as those voters have no responsibilities, they’re more than happy to let an increasingly despotic government constrict their rights.

I suspect Roberts had no intention of instructing Americans on the dangers of leaving our civil liberties in plain sight of the Democratic pickpockets. Quite the opposite: He was punting. In granting his approval to Obamacare, Roberts said: “It is not our job to protect the people from the consequences of their political choices.” Combine the fact that most Americans wanted little to do with Obama’s reanimation of Hillarycare’s corpse with the Democrats’ deep unpopularity that began with the 2010 Congressional elections, and you’ll see that no one asked Roberts and the Supreme Court to do so. And we’re well on the way to correcting the political mistakes we made in 2008 on a more permanent level come November.

–Ben Crystal

Ben Crystal

is a 1993 graduate of Davidson College and has burned the better part of the last two decades getting over the damage done by modern-day higher education. He now lives in Savannah, Ga., where he has hosted an award-winning radio talk show and been featured as a political analyst for television. Currently a principal at Saltymoss Productions—a media company specializing in concept television and campaign production, speechwriting and media strategy—Ben has written numerous articles on the subjects of municipal authoritarianism, the economic fallacy of sin taxes and analyses of congressional abuses of power.