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Please Stop - Justice Roberts Is Not Being Clever

If I see one more person on the internets suggest that perhaps Justice Roberts is being clever and outwitted the Dems by using a tax justification instead of the Commerce Clause I will scream.

Stop. Please stop.

People, the progressives just reached out from Congress to force you (force you) to enter into a private contract against your will and they didn't even need the Commerce clause or the good 'n plenty clause to do it. If they can do this all without even the need or pretense to use the Commerce Clause, there is almost nothing they cannot do.

Justice Roberts is not being clever, he is being craven. You liberty is gone, you just haven't felt the effects yet.

See why in my follow up post "Today's Decision Supports the HHS Mandate"

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26 comments:

Roger said...

I don't necessarily see anything wrong with looking at the bright side of a terrible decision by Chief Justice Roberts. Also, I'm not so sure Roberts didn't leave the door open to challenge the mandate as a constitutionally valid tax. Far as I can tell, all Roberts basically said was the mandate may be reasonably viewed as a tax. As to whether the mandate **as a tax** is constitutional was not something that was before the court or addressed by Roberts.

Brother André Marie, M.I.C.M. said...

For the record, I disagree with the "snivelly whiner" remark above. I don't think your post even approaches hyperbole.

Jason Fairfield said...

I'm curious sir, is the insurance mandate, outside of all other considerations, in and of itself, immoral?

What if the contraceptive mandate lawsuit succeeds? What if all that is repugnant about this law (namely mandated abortion/contraception services) is repealed?

Granted, there are viable economic concerns, and viable concerns about the reach and size of federal government. But if that is it, there surely is more freedom for difference of opinion and more serene debate. The economic state of a country, IMHO, is in God's hands.

As this bill now stands, today's events are a disappointment. But the fight for what is truly repugnant about this is still ongoing. Let us pray that succeeds. If that no longer poisoning the water, we can look at this a lot more serenely.

Ranting Catholic Mom said...

I agree with Brother Andre Marie, You seem remarkably calm and understated in your postings about this travesty.

Anonymous said...

Patrick - that is a ridiculous bold-faced lie. You expect us to believe that you haven't screamed yet?! ;)

UTP

Roger said...

I think it's also worth keeping in mind that Roberts effectively made Obama and congressional Democrats own the largest tax hike in history on ALL Americans. There's a reason why Obama didn't want to call the mandate a tax. Now he can't avoid it, and he should politically suffer.

Paul Zummo said...

Conservatives are fooling themselves if they think there is any silver lining in this decision. The Chief Justice just expanded the power of the federal government, while merely holding the line on the Commerce Clause.

If you're interested, I should have a post up at TAC after 5 that details why,

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know if the bishops have released a statement yet? How will this affect the lawsuits brought on by the 43 dioceses?

Jim said...

Amen. Patrick. You are absolutelt correct.

Evan said...

The conservatives defending Justice Roberts are trapped in the first stage of receiving bad news: denial. It will stop eventually.

Anonymous said...

Don't taxes have to originate in the House? This bill was generated by the Senate.

Anonymous said...

At first, I thought that Justice Roberts was being a weenie or too cutesy.

But on second thought, perhaps he is just putting it back into the lap of Congress and the American people, saying, in effect, that if you want to get rid of the law, or if you want to rewrite it, get rid of Obama and Democrats in Congress, and replace them with conservative Republicans who will implement those changes. That's a no brainer.

Anonymous said...

Nancy Pelosi lied. She said that it was [not] a tax.

With Obamacare, taxes for the middle class [will be] increased substantially to provide more entitlements for lazy bums, deadbeats, freeloaders and parasites.

As if it isn't exasperating enough that, already, 40% of the people are pulling the wagon, and the other 60% are getting a free ride.

Let's face it: The majority of the people in this country are immoral. Liberals are an embodiment of all of that which is evil. I have only contempt for most of my fellow Americans. (spit)

Anonymous said...

G'lover has showed his colors

Anonymous said...

If I encountered John Roberts at this point I would not shake his hand. This is simply appalling. Add to this the fact that Obama is going to be re-elected, and our nation as it once was has effectively been destroyed.

I am actually questioning the decision to try to bear children at this point. If I could go back in time I would strongly consider not having made the life choices I have but instead just living out the rest of my life in a monestary and just finding a way to tolerate the rest of my days.

Donald R. McClarey said...

Oh Good Lord! Conservatives need to man up. This decision is a Godsend for conservatives politically. Obamacare remains immensely unpopular and now the only way to stop it is to defeat Obama in November. The Romney campaign raised over 3.2 million dollars in contributions after the announcement of the decision yesterday. This decision will be a millstone around the Obama campaign's neck. However, for those conservatives who are only happy when they are miserable, please feel free to wallow in pessimism while the rest of us work to ensure that both Obama and Obamacare go down in flames come election day.

Subvet said...

Obama & Obamacare may die (politically) as a result of this. But it seems we now have a Court precedent that gives the official "okie-dokie" for unlimited taxation.

The United States of America sure was nice while it lasted. But all good things come to an end.

Dymphna said...

People say that Justice Roberts lobbed this back into the laps of Congress and is forcing them to deal with it as they should've all along. I get that but it feels like he strolled past a drowning man and walked a mile to sternly say to the nearest life guard "You deal with it."

Anonymous said...

The Bushs sure know how to pick 'em. First David Suiter and now John Roberts. Never mind their other bungling. What a pair of putzes.

Americans consistently pick jackasses as their Presidents and as their other leaders. Americans, collectively, are jackasses themselves. I'm so disgusted with them.

Anonymous said...

Dymphna, excellent commentary, Well put. Wish I'd said that. :)

Anonymous said...

"G'lover has showed his colors"??? What does that mean? Spooky.

Anonymous said...

Why do people think that Romney is a life saver?Romney,Roberts, Obama they are all the same. They have the same agenda one world government. Have you ever noticed that neither party undoes what the other does? The government becomes bigger and bigger? They (both parties)http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2012/02/the-5-minute-speech-which-got-judge-napolitano-fired-from-fox-news.html work together, they are a 2 headed snake. I also think that they will let the HHS mandate fly, just like I predicted Obamacare would not be struck down. What Roberts did was to reveal to us who he really is.

anonymous nonDevil said...

Why do people somehow expect the statist Bushes to be different from the statist Obamas? They are all cut from the same cloth stooges for the elites intent on destroying this country, Western Civilization because they are control freak psychopaths. Roe vs Wade was inevitable once the state was accepted as Arbiter of All by a population converted to humanism and Marxism in "Our Sacred Government Schools". And the molding of the population into cattle for the elites was accomplished the same way. C.S. Lewis wrote of it:The Abolition of Man. Ever see "The Time Machine"? Baaaa

Anonymous said...

I am sort of perplexed by the stuff said here.

Anonymous said...

I am sort of perplexed by the stuff said here. Roberts decision put a stake in the heart of any further attempts to use the Commerce clause to pass this sort of odious legislation. This part of his decision will be an important firewall against overreach by the government for years to come. He also said it could not be sustained under the Necessary and Proper clause.
He said they could not force the states to participate in this craziness. Obamacare was going to force all states to participate, Roberts said they could not do that.
He did say that the President was a liar, and this was a TAX. It could never have been passed if this fact was known. Roberts has paved the way for the repeal of Obamacare. He has motivated millions to go out and vote for Romney, who will dismantle Obamacare. Romney, rather than Obama, will pick the next 2or 3 justices, further moving the court to the right.
It was a brilliant decision.

Jonathan said...

Have not all US taxpayers been complicit in abortion for many decades now due to government funding for Planned Parenthood? The 2008 elections gave free reign to fanatically abortion-minded officials who predictably escalated the war on the unborn. Yes, Justice Roberts caved in against a tsunami of evil just as many other officials have to one degree or another, e.g. Bart Stupak. I can only imagine the very personal threats these individuals received from the Abortion Mafia. I would guess that if Justice Roberts had only been threatened with being fired then beheaded (as in the case of St. Thomas Moore), he would not have caved in and instead would have made the correct call.

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