"So now, the Washington/New York media runs the Supreme Court..." ~ Rush
The story is starting to come out...and it ain't pretty, folks. It's now becoming apparent that the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court caved to media/administrative pressure to be liked and to get along. Way to stick to conviction, John...
Newbusters: CBS News broke a huge story on Sunday's Face the Nation concerning the Supreme Court's Thursday ruling on ObamaCare.
According to Jan Crawford, CBS legal and political correspondent, Chief Justice John Roberts was initially going to strike down the individual mandate requiring citizens to buy health insurance, but changed his mind over the objections of the conservatives on the Court.
CBSNews: Chief Justice John Roberts initially sided with the Supreme Court's four
conservative justices to strike down the heart of President Obama's health care
reform law, the Affordable Care Act, but later changed his position and formed
an alliance with liberals to uphold the bulk of the law, according to two
sources with specific knowledge of the deliberations.
Roberts then withstood a month-long, desperate campaign to bring him back to
his original position, the sources said. Ironically, Justice Anthony Kennedy -
believed by many conservatives to be the justice most likely to defect and vote
for the law - led the effort to try to bring Roberts back to the fold.
"He was relentless," one source said of Kennedy's efforts. "He was very
engaged in this."
But this time, Roberts held firm. And so the conservatives handed him their
own message which, as one justice put it, essentially translated into, "You're
on your own."
The conservatives refused to join any aspect of his opinion, including
sections with which they agreed, such as his analysis imposing limits on
Congress' power under the Commerce Clause, the sources said.
Instead, the four joined forces and crafted a highly unusual, unsigned
joint dissent. They deliberately ignored Roberts' decision, the sources said, as
if they were no longer even willing to engage with him in debate.
So instead of sticking to principle and preserving what individual liberties we have left, Benedict Arnold rides again...in a robe this time. Although we may be able to battle this particular provision in the House, as it's now been deemed a tax, the ruling handed down by the Chief Justice sets an extremely dangerous precedence in how much power the federal government is allowed to wield against the people that will be reference for years to come.
What a coward...
ADDENDUM I: Wow, Law professor John Eastman is ticked, as he has every right to be, along with the rest of us...
“If the assumption is right, that he thinks was unconstitutional but found a way to uphold it to preserve the integrity of the court, then he really ought to resign because it proves he doesn’t have the judicial fortitude to do the job that he’s been chosen to do.”
It looks like it was worse than that piss-poor excuse, Mr. Eastman. Rather, he just folded to pressure, and said it was to "preserve the integrity of the court." Sickening.
But if I might make one request...Roberts should resign after Obama's out!
ADDENDUM II: In discussing the folly of Roberts' flip-flop with Cavuto earlier Monday, Levin brought up the concept of term limits for federal judges, especially if they're going to play politics on the High Court...