By Tom Quiner
It is an immoral piece of legislative chutzpah that hides taxpayer-funded abortion in its 2700 pages of Rube Goldberg-inspired legalese.
It has led to the imposition of services on Catholics and other people of faith that force them to violate their conscience or face severe sanctions from the State.
And it was sold as a way to reduce our federal deficits. It turns out, according to the Congressional Budget Office, that the president and his party were wrong. Obamacare is going to bust our already shattered bank and grind us into the scrap heap of history.
Yesterday, the Court said most of the legislation, including the mandate, was legal.
So what could possibly be the good news for conservatives after yesterday’s disappointing decision? I think there are three immediate ones:
1. The Commerce Clause of the Constitution has been weakened. Congress has used this clause to expand the power of the federal government far beyond what our Founding Fathers ever intended. All four liberal judges on the bench concurred with Judge Robert’s reasoning. Hence, future liberal Congresses will have difficulties using this clause as the rationale for expanding the federal government.
2. Conservatives are energized to a fever pitch. Obamacare must be rescinded for economic and moral reasons. We will turn out in droves in November. We believe the fate of the republic depends on it, because it does. President Obama’s sneering insistence that the mandate wasn’t a tax has been exposed for the fraud we already knew it was.
3. The future of the Court has been strengthened for conservatives. Two liberal and two conservative judges are old. The next president may have an opportunity to appoint several new justices. A President Romney would have had a very difficult time getting his nominees past the Senate had a conservative court struck down Obamacare. The payback that Senate Democrats would want to inflict would be severe enough to thwart Romney at every turn. A less doctrinaire Justice Roberts increases the odds that future Republican nominees will past muster with Senate liberals.