Okay, maybe it’s wrong to use the word funny in the context of an absolutely demoralizing ruling that illustrates the thin strand by which our great American experiment is hanging. Indeed there is nothing funny about the erosion of individual liberty at the hands of an ever-growing federal monster. But there is something comical about what happened yesterday, and that is the high-fiving, hand-slapping, football-spiking celebration of liberals who don’t even realize what ignoramuses that are making of themselves in the process.
No, I’m not talking about the DNC spokesman who came out on Twitter in a profanity laced taunt. I’m not talking about the Democrats who fail to realize that the Court just gave a political gift to Mitt Romney’s 2012 campaign. I’m not talking about the hilarious double standard that emerged from liberals who, thinking the law would be struck down explained how “just because the Court says it doesn’t make it so,” but then quickly turned around and said, “because the Court says it makes it so.” I’m not talking about the bipolar liberal media who, thinking Roberts would side with the conservatives were busy talking about how ideologically driven he was, but then quickly elevated him to the status of a Greek god.
No, I’m talking about the large number of liberal Democrat nincompoops from Nancy Pelosi to your next door neighbor that started bragging about how they were vindicated. Those who think that either weren’t paying attention or they are just too plain ignorant to make sense of the decision. And I put into that category the President of the United States.
Let me make this as clear as possible: the Court declared that the conservative argument about ObamaCare was 100%, without question, without fail, spot-on right. Congress does not have the authority under the Commerce Clause to compel you into commerce just to regulate you – exactly what conservatives argued. Congress does not have the authority under the Necessary and Proper Clause to do it either – exactly what conservatives argued.
What the Court incorrectly, and inappropriately did, however, was to judicially re-write the legislation. They effectively took white-out to what Congress had written into the law, and what the President had signed into law. They eliminated all those uncomfortable references to “penalties” and “requirements,” and rewrote the language to call the punishments a “tax.” The premise is still a dumb (and unconstitutional one): that Congress can require you to do whatever they want, so long as they call the penalty for not obeying a “tax.”
Keep in mind this is exactly what the Obama administration and EVERY Democrat who voted for the dumb law stressed it was not! So there was Captain Job Crusher out there after the ruling, proclaiming that his position had prevailed, when in actuality his position was eviscerated by the Court. Obama may be pleased that the Court went above and beyond to save his law. But in so doing, they announced to the country that the President and his cronies were lying in the way they packaged it. The way they sold it to the nation was, as the Court said in their ruling, wholly unconstitutional (read, conservatives were exactly right). The only way the law can stand is if what the President promised is completely and utterly false. What won was NOT the president’s health care law, as written and passed. What won was the judicially remanufactured version that makes Obama and every Democrat who voted for it a liar.
Yet there were liberals strutting around like peacocks proclaiming how they were right. Lord, save us from the lunatics.