Well, isn’t this nice. Chief Justice John Roberts, Catholic, Bush-appointed “conservative”, sided with the liberals and said that the federal government can do pretty much as it damn well pleases. Kennedy, Alito, Scalia, and Thomas recognize that the entire law is outside the bounds of federal jurisdiction and completely unconstitutional. I am sorry I ever voted for anyone named Bush. Recall that, instead of Alito, Bush wanted to appoint his White Counsel, Harriet Meiers, to the Court.
The good part is that now I have no reason to vote for Romney or any other Republican ever again. My one argument was the Supreme Court justices that might be appointed by a Democrat president. But it was Bush’s appointee that stabbed us in the back and ran our Constitution through the shredder. It makes no difference whatsoever now. I am free to vote for whomever is on the Constitution or Libertarian Party ticket.
Roberts did us one small favor. By writing the opinion specifically calling the mandate a tax, he has handed Obama and the Democrat Congress one of the largest and most painful tax increases ever on the working class in this country. The U.S. economy will suffer further degradation, and, if Romney has a brain in his head, he will use this to bludgeon those who supported this monstrous theft of life, liberty and property. Viewed politically, this will likely lead to the defeat of Obama and to the Republicans taking control of the Senate. However, there is no guarantee that such an outcome will be anything other than more of the same in terms of the expansion of government.
I don’t care. I am going to build a taller fence around my property. I am aiming for near-self-sufficiency in the next couple of years. I am going to invite my local veterinarian over to go fishing in my pond, and, if I break a bone, I’m going to call him to set it and give me some antibiotics. Amoxicillin is amoxicillin.
I am now forced to pay for things that run completely contrary to my beliefs and values. The government sticks a gun to my head and says that I must pay for schools that indoctrinate rather than educate, that instill humanist values and trash Christianity and American history. If I am forced against my will to work to support the indolent, the promiscuous, and the irresponsible, how exactly do I differ from a slave?