Thursday, June 28, 2012

The Tactical Genius of Chief Justice Roberts

"Clear the battlefield and let me see
All the profit of our victory" -Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Tarkus
After the Supreme Court ruling today on the Affordable Care Act -- aka ObamaCare -- the Democrats and Obama are feeling their collective oats, claiming a huge victory over the American people.  While many expected a narrow decision of 5-4, most were predicting that Justice Kennedy would be the swing vote siding with the right-leaning majority. No one expected what happened in the final ruling.

When the dust had cleared and it was learned that Chief Justice John Roberts had tipped the scales in Obama's favor, virtually everyone was stunned. Twitter was instantly ablaze with tweets from giddy Democrats eager to jam their fingers in the eyes of the bill's opponents. (Patrick Gaspard, Executive Director of the Democratic National Committee [DNC], gracefully tweeted, "It's Constitutional. B*tches!") What a guy.

From Today's Drudge Report
Drudge had a picture of Roberts up on his page within minutes, and it portrayed a smiling Chief Justice applauding. I'm not clear on Drudge's intent with the picture, but I took an immediate message away from it. Roberts' smile is dripping with mischief, seemingly asking, "Happy now?".

Yes, Supreme Court Justices are supposed to be neutral in all decisions, but how many times has the SCOTUS been publicly scolded by the Chief Executive at a State of the Union Address? Once, for those keeping score. I would wager that -- for the most part -- Justices are measured in their temperament when deciding on the Constitution, but it must also be noted that power is about payback.

To be sure, there is political peril afoot if I am correct that this was a calculated maneuver by Roberts in that if Obama should somehow win another term, the nation is doomed with this law intact. But the clarification by Roberts' opinion that the individual mandate is indeed a tax makes it all the more unlikely that Obama can survive the voters' wrath come November, to say nothing of one third of the Democrats in Congress, who also face re-election this November.

Whether knowingly or not, Mitt Romney's campaign has been handed a golden goose by the Supreme Court, and all he's got to do for the next 130 days is gather the eggs and -- more importantly -- put them on display for the electorate to see, every day. The first egg to be shown should be the fact that in 2009, Obama was vehement in his denials that the individual mandate was a new tax on the people, something he had earlier vowed would not happen. Being the largest tax hike in the history of the world, this will make George H. W. Bush's "Read my lips" failed promise seem insignificant by comparison.

Add to these woes the pledge by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor to hold a full House vote on July 11th to repeal ObamaCare, and Congressional Democrats are in quite a pickle, particularly those whose terms are on the line this year. The people are wide awake right now, and the time left until Election Day is not nearly long enough for the memories of today to fade.

The bottom line is this: when the Democrats controlled the Executive and Legislative branches, that's when they rammed this monstrosity down the throats of a decidedly unwilling populace. I, for one, remember with incredible clarity how they pranced, preened and gloated after its passage, and I'm not about to forget. We had no choice and no voice, even at the myriad town hall meetings, at which we were treated with utter contempt by our alleged "representatives".

Thanks to John Roberts and the Supreme Court, all of the legal arguments are settled and all that remains is an ultimate referendum in November. Our voice is back, folks, with a vengeance. On Election Day, we finally have a say in the fate of ObamaCare. Please use it wisely. Just think about Nancy Pelosi's hideous grin and her statement of, "We have to pass the bill so that you can, uh, find out what is in it".

Our votes have never meant more.

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