I’m trying to finally get back into ranting on here after a long absence due to the intrusion of that thing called life, and recent (greatly appreciated) traveling and meeting with family and friends. My apologies to my dear readers (not to be confused with Dear Leaders) for allowing Gregorian Rants to lie dormant for so long, as I’m sure you waited all those weeks in breathless anticipation for the publication of the next Rant. (Hey, I’m kidding – take it easy, there.)
Since the SCOTUS ruling, led by “conservative” Chief Justice John Roberts, declaring Obama’s HHS Mandate to be a “tax,” and thus constitutional, Justice Roberts is now (as I predicted) being widely praised by the usual collection of left-leaning chatterboxes in the media for his alleged brilliant non-partisan magnanimity in pursuit of Constitutional justice, and sublime Solomon-like wisdom. Those currently heaping accolades on Roberts no doubt include many who once condemned him as an unacceptable right-wing partisan “extremist” back when he was nominated by Bush II. Now, such partisan animosities are tossed aside, as Roberts’ former lefty opponents hail him as pretty much the greatest man since . . . well, since Barrack Obama. In the words of one Slate scribe, Roberts’ decision avoided an “ugly partisan victory” which would have resulted had he voted to reject Obamacare as unconstitutional. (Of course, giving Dear Leader what he wants can be neither partisan nor ugly.)
Some on the right (as well as on the left and muddled middle) have praised Justice Roberts’ alleged bi-partisan tactical brilliance in granting Obama and the Dems a tactical victory in ruling the HHS Mandate constitutional by declaring it to be a tax (against the declarations of Team Obama that it is not), while (quite rightly) rejecting the arguments from the left that the mandate was allowable under the Commerce Clause, which was supposedly a strategic victory for conservatives. Supposedly, this ruling would give greater leverage to Obama’s opponents by declaring the mandate a tax.
But isn’t that exactly the sort of partisan political game that those praising Roberts’ decision claimed he was so brilliantly avoiding? The goal of a Supreme Court justice should be to correctly interpret the U.S. Constitution, not to find clever compromises between dueling partisan political interests. Whether Democrats or Republicans are politically helped or hurt by the decision should be utterly irrelevant to the decision-making process. The hard fact remains that this ruling, however you choose to spin it, grants the federal government unprecedented new power over the lives of citizens. Calling the mandate a “tax” is quite a stretch, as no prior taxes have involved forcing citizens to purchase a particular product against their will. It’s the same as if the government were to force every citizen to go buy a Ford vehicle under penalty of law. Who needs convoluted Commerce Clause arguments when you can simply declare whatever the government forces citizens to do with their money a tax, and therefore constitutional? Justice Roberts has betrayed not only conservative principle, but the Constitution he swore to uphold.
As we celebrated Independence Day yesterday, we recalled how our forefathers rose up against the British Crown, fought, bled and died, over unjust taxation and oppression that was utterly paltry in comparison to that exercised by our current government, which taxes and meddles in the private lives of its citizens on a scale and scope undreamt of King George and the British government of the 1770s. Today, our government overlords and toadies in the courts busily seek ways to expand the definition of taxation to justify ever-greater government intrusion on our freedoms. The Constitution was drafted to limit federal power, but today Supreme Court justices instead find ways to twist it in knots to declare any expansion of government power they like “constitutional.”
Our forefathers were willing to sacrifice everything for the cause of freedom.
Today, we’re willing to settle for free condoms instead.