I realize that I am three days late in writing about these issues. So much has already been written about the Obamacareless decision. But allow me to describe my initial reaction to the ruling.
My husband was not at home when the ruling came down. Both of us were watching the Fox News Channel but in separate venues. When Bill Hemmer first stated (incorrectly) that the mandate was "struck down," my husband texted, "Yay!" Moments later, when it was discovered that the mandate was upheld through the action of Chief Justice John Roberts changing the law from the Commerce Clause "penalty" mandate into a tax mandate, my husband texted, "sh**!" Yes. Sometimes he's a man of very few words! I couldn't help but get upset with Roberts for siding with the liberals on the court. After a few days of reflection and praying, I started to write about the decision yesterday, and this is what I wrote:
When I think about the things of God, study the Bible, worship Jesus Christ and pray; the things of this world seem quite trivial in comparison. This morning [Saturday], I was tempted to write about the Supreme Court decision on Obamacare. Most conservatives were probably as shocked as I was to hear that turncoat and traitor, Chief Justice Roberts, sided with the liberals on the court and re-wrote the law mandate as a tax, and not a penalty. I have heard dozens of commentary about it and read several blog posts - which range in the "Roberts is a genius for making it a tax on the people" (so that Romney will win the election), to the outrage that a supposedly conservative justice would abandon
the efforts of the three other conservatives (and Justice Kennedy - who is often considered the "swing vote") to strike the law down.
For "one stop shopping" about what has been written and said about the Supreme Court decision, I suggest the following links:
Daily Thought Pad: Shock Heard Around the World May Save America - Updated
Rumor has it that Roberts received pressure, even threats, from undisclosed sources and caved, some say he moved to the dark side just this past week and some say Roberts has revealed himself to have real concern for the legacy of the Court that bears his name. Many feel that this ObamaCare ruling was the signature for ‘his’ court that he felt he needed.Continue reading: Daily Thought Pad
The Volokh Conspiracy : Back in May, there were rumors floating around relevant legal circles that a key vote was taking place, and that Roberts was feeling tremendous pressure from unidentified circles to vote to uphold the mandate. Did Roberts originally vote to invalidate the mandate on commerce clause grounds, and to invalidate the Medicaid expansion, and then decide later to accept the tax argument and essentially rewrite the Medicaid expansion (which, as I noted, citing Jonathan Cohn, was the sleeper issue in this case) to preserve it? If so, was he responding to the heat from President Obama and others, preemptively threatening to delegitimize the Court if it invalidated the ACA? The dissent, along with the surprising way that Roberts chose to uphold both the mandate and the Medicaid expansion, will inevitably feed the rumor mill.
Then there are the speculation that Roberts is a genius, Was Judge Roberts Just Playing Bridge? or as Michael Savage said: Roberts Epilepsy Medication Affects His Cognition and affected this decision?
"Roberts is a genius": Article 1, Section 7 of the U.S. Constitution says to raise revenue (taxes) a bill MUST originate in House of Representatives. This version of ObamaCare originated in the ways and means committee of the Senate! Did the Supreme Court miss that? Or is Justice Roberts sly as a fox?
And then there are those who wonder if the all American boyish looking Chief Justice has crossed over to the dark side, either recently or perhaps he was always a closet Progressive… or worse?
The word "tax" appears 413 times in the SCOTUS’s opinion
#fullrepeal If you don't buy health insurance the IRS will take your tax refunds, so good luck with that! Charles Krauthammer said Roberts’ definition of this being a tax was very thin.
Some pondered since this is now a taxation issue, in light of other SCOTUS cases this year on equal protection in tax law, can Obama still give waivers? I would say no!
Palin tweeted: Congress has the power to rescind taxes, I expect them to do this after the recess in July.
#Obamatax Later on with Greta Van Susteren on ‘On the Record’ Palin said, “This is a tax on all the people. Chief Justice John Roberts just shown the light on one of the big ObamaCare lies being perpetrated by President Obama, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and HHS Sec Kathleen Sibelius.”
Then there are serious concerns about the precedent now set for other horrific “taxes”, for anything they choose based, on this decision… maybe for breathing will be next? All citizens are now taxed for living here – except of course Muslims who are exempt because their religion doesn’t allow them to buy insurance. The Amish are also exempt. Some have said this is the dhimmitude tax. If you convert to Islam, you won’t have to pay. Some have suggested a new “We are all Muslims now” program; watering down both the effects of radical Islam by infiltration and cutting the funding for ObamaCare based on religious freedom. US Catholic Church leaders are rejecting the ObamaCare Court Ruling.
This is a complicated decision and will take more than a few hours or even a few days to decipher and study. For those of you wanting to take a shot at it. Here are the links below to the 193 page decision.
There is much more to read at the above link and dozens of links at the end of the blog post. However, the following excerpt puts a positive bent on the ruling:
And longtime D.C. political operative considers today’s Supreme Court ruling on Obamacare a good thing in the fight to defeat Barack Obama in 2012. Here’s why:As if we needed more reasons to reject Obamacareless, here is a great post that shows why our pre-Obamacareless health plan was better than the socialist ones in other countries:
The Obamacare ruling is good news for us. Real good news. It’s 2010 all over again now. Swing states will shift over to Romney in most cases. Trust me on this. We’ve done the polling. The data is conclusive on this. It’s a huge tax. We got Obama lying.
Again. The Tea Party movement, which was as real and powerful a political movement as I’ve ever seen in my lifetime, is back in play. That scares the hell out of the Obama White House. You just got a bunch of Dems sweating hard over their re-election. The Republican Party will now be a lot more focused and clearly conservative and that’s exactly what they need to be this time around. We must make the election a clear divide between one side and the other and this Obamacare ruling has forced that to happen.
And the initial reports I’m getting are telling me there was a lot more clever going on inside that decision than the initial reaction will indicate. It’s the Obama Tax now. And states were given an out. The entire law is a big ass convoluted mess and the ruling has reinforced that fact. Obama will have to defend something he doesn’t understand, and Romney can now sit back and just repeat over and over again “repeal-repeal-repeal”.
The giant has woken up. Country needed a hard kick in the ass to remind us what is at stake in November. Now we are truly ready to fight! Read full article: Here
Many including Senator Coburn have Repudiated the Chief Justice: He did Not ‘Enforce the Constitution’ Today, ‘Is On The Wrong Side’ In Ruling. Some have even mentioned the possibility of impeaching Supreme Court Justices, but in reality the chances of that moving forward would be like the impeachment of President Obama himself with the present Congress in place.
This decision was an overall a win for the Obama administration but, there is always a silver lining if you dig deep enough. There are five (actually six) good things about the Supreme Court’s ObamaCare decision: It made taxation the panacea for constitutional questions; The liberal judges inadvertently brought Federalism back; Roberts got the liberals to actually set up a limit on the Commerce Clause; This deflates Occupy Wall Street’s and the Wisconsin protestor types’ biggest cause so Mitt Romney will now have a much easier time defeating Barack Obama… plus Obama now owns this massive regressive tax increase. Plus the decision also allows states to choose ‘not’ to increase their Medicaid rolls if they choose to turn down the new related federal funds and develop their own programs. Former Clinton advisor and author (most recent book: Screwed!), Dick Morris says that might be the biggest win of all. Morris also says this win will ultimately defeat Obama.
Tammy Bruce: This==> Obama Wins the Battle, Roberts Wins the War By Gutting Commerce Clause
Several states have already chosen not to take the so-called new funds or return their ObamaCare grants and ‘not’ to expand their Medicaid programs or develop exchanges, because in the end, after the first year it will cost the states millions… if not more eventually. Alaska is the only state who did not apply for a grant and Florida, Louisiana and New Hampshire quickly returned theirs. Virginia, South Carolina, Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas are among the list of other states who have or are expected to decline or return their funds and develop their own programs (probably most of the 27 states involved in the Supreme Court case plus Virginia who had their own case will decline the funds ).
Daily Thought Pad: Some Noteworthy Facts
Shifting gears now, let's move on to the contempt of Congress vote that was held against Attorney General Eric Holder. See the video of Issa's evidence presented in the House chamber:
(Also see the additional videos of Congressmen speaking on the contempt vote on the sidebar at You Tube link above.)
One must read blog post is The Ulsterman Report: BREAKING: Issa May Have Just Cornered Eric Holder On Fast and Furious Cover-Up
Even more intriguing are the 59 comments, including these gems:
Anonymouse June 30, 2012 at 10:14 am .
TO: Ulsterman – Part 1 Ulsterman!! Certain things are falling together like a jigsaw puzzle! I can post only one link per response, so please read this series and follow the links!
First link: http://www.orlytaitzesq.com/?p=136417
Anonymouse June 30, 2012 at 10:18 am .
TO: Ulsterman – Part 2
Second link: http://sipseystreetirregulars.blogspot.com/2012/06/issa-sneaks-wiretap-info-into.html
TO: Ulsterman – Part 4
Ulsterman, I forgot to mention, that third link was posted in mid January 2011, months before Rep. Darrell Issa entered into the Congressional Record his bombshell letter about the wiretap. And no one has replied there, at Free Republic, since that same month, January 2011.
A blogger named "Truth and Justice" shared a great response!
Thanks Anonymouse — think this kind of stuff has also been going on for decades but was kept “quiet”, etc…just like Breitbart and the rest that WHI mentioned. I’m afraid it’s part of the fallen human condition and why there have been mostly tyrannical run nations from “day one”…the U.S. was/is highly unique and was based on biblical Judeo-Christian standards and at the begainning the majority were true Believers and actually tried to live their lives that way, teaching them at their public schools and at home, voting for godly, ethical, patriotic men, etc.
Predictably, it didn’t last that long. It really hasn’t been that long ago. We started rebelling in more numbers against all that and gradually, our enemies found and took advantage of our weaknesses and knew the way to overtake us was via stealth over time.
Now we are in the period where our “chickens have come home to roost”, indeed, Mr. Wright (can’t call him “Reverend”). They have reached most of their goals and got their evil people in everything everywhere….like cancer spreads and destroys. Yes, we have awakened – but right on the verge of going over the cliff and giving them their total victory. But that’s usually the case unfortunately. But as I’ve said before, I still believe we are that unique nation among all the other nations and there are still many, many true Believers and patriots who want and cherish the Founding Fathers ideas…..many, many are descendents of them and all the others that bravely fought and stood for it in years past.
We must restore the kind of God fearing nation we used to have and have too many of us that can’t be taken out by these evil “hit men” – we will be too many — the old saying “united we stand, divided we fall” is indeed a truism – and it has to be the right kind of thing we’re united about. The only way to victory is to have God on our side. I pray that is the direction we are turning to.
Ultimately, that is what our lives on this earth are all about. We need to restore ourselves towards the God fearing nation that we were founded upon! It may take decades, but it can be done!!
Hat tips to all links.