Follow on for Obamacare

Well, I woke up this morning....and the world was still here...nope no Armageddon...or black helicopters or anything (hmmm, is that racist to say BLACK helicopters..should it be helicopters of color?)

SO,as things start to cool off, and people start to really READ all the way through the SCOTUS decision, there will be................more intense political bloviating about this.

However, some fairly smart people have some interesting takes on what the likely fallout will be:

Obama Wins the Battle, Roberts Wins the War - This article, in Slate, which is hardly a right-wing bastion digs a little deeper in the majority argument and determines that  maybe the Chief Justice was not the liberal scumbag so many conservatives want to paint him:

"Construing the Commerce Clause to permit Congress to regulate individuals precisely because they are doing nothing would open a new and potentially vast domain to congressional authority. Congress already possesses expansive power to regulate what people do. Upholding the Affordable Care Act under the Commerce Clause would give Congress the same license to regulate what people do not do. The Framers knew the difference between doing something and doing nothing. They gave Congress the power to regulate commerce, not to compel it. Ignoring that distinction would undermine the principle that the Federal Government is a government of limited and enumerated powers. The individual mandate thus cannot be sustained under Congress’s power to “regulate Commerce.”

NOW, for anyone who has actually bothered to READ the Constitution or those excellent, excellent responses called the Federalist and Anti-Federalist papers (both reviewed on this particular blog, at least up to #14 for each) this is a Big F-----g Deal, as Joey Biden would say.  Progressives, liberals and DemocRATS (synonymous with each other) have been using and abusing the Commerce Clause for all kinds of crap since the early 1900s.  They have also been abusing the the Necessary and Proper Clause as well.  The one great fallacy of our Founding Fathers is that they wrote these clauses without a great many clarifying details because they all KNEW what they meant, KNEW what they didn't mean, and assumed (oops, there's that word) that their descendents would too.  Clearly they never expected a Woodrow Wilson, FDR, LBJ or Barrack Hussein Obama to come along and poop all over the Constitution to build their utopian "New Deals", "Great Society" or "Fundamental Transformation of America"

But I digress....READ THE FRICKIN' will make you a better citizen and drive liberals crazy, both of which are very good things.

Roberts Rules To Avoid The Appearance Of Politics In His Court- This article, by Charles Krauthammer, says what everyone is thinking, but no one wants to acknowledge....SCOTUS decisions are not just about the law or the Constitution.  Although I may not agree with the ruling, I think Krauthammer has an excellent point that, like any commanding officer, the Chief Justice must protect his unit and his troops.  The OBAMABOTS blatant political threats and rhetoric launched as a preemptive strike are nasty, un-American, and overtly political---but they can't be ignored.  As the Chief Justice pretty much said-"Yup, this law is screwed up...but screwed up is not un-Constitutional, so you should fix it through the political process"  And so it I said in my previous post-----elections have real, no-kidding consequences, and if Americans aren't paying attention, then you get what you deserve.  Was Roberts a crafty strategist who just out-maneuvered and out-thought the Constitutional Law Professor in the White House??  Time will tell, but I don't disagree that the political invective that would have been spewed and hurled at the SCOTUS if Obamacare was overturned by a narrow 5-4 decision would have, in the eyes of far too many drones who still believe the ABCBSNBCMSNBCNNNYTWAPO propaganda machine, de-legitimized the court, which still has many, many Constitutionally important cases to decide.

Obama's Pyrrhic Victory- Finally, this article pretty much validates what I said yesterday...if the OBAMABOTS think this battle is over and its decided law...think again...all SCOTUS did was, as Morris points out, punt this ball back into play for the 2012 election, and I think conservatives want to repeal this more than DemocRATic politicians want to defend it...and by implications defend the Obama first term.  Remember, at the end of the day, Obama is done one way or the other by November- either he loses or wins another term, but he will face NO MORE ELECTIONS....the same cannot be said for DemocRATs who want to keep their phoney baloney jobs past 2014.  Americans are pissed...and...although they will try, try, try...the OBAMABOTS cannot pass blame for this to George Bush, Osama Bin Laden, the evil Tea Party, or space aliens...they OWN IT....100%...since it was passed entirely with DemocRAT votes in 2010.

More goodness to follow....