Chief justice is a turncoat

Congratulations! Single-handedly, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts has done something distinctive in the history of a once-great nation.

Since its beginnings, the struggle to protect federalism has been unabated. Admittedly, the proponents of a strong central government have won almost every battle. The one thing that has been constant during the struggle, however, is the Constitution as given to us by our Founders. Roberts forever will be known for a distinction, as infamous as it may be: On June 28, 2012, his majority opinion sealed the fate of our republic.

Roberts’ convoluted and incoherent opinion penned by him alone has once and for all eviscerated the Constitution of the United States. What was left of America’s moorings to the bedrock of our founding documents has been sheared, leaving the republic adrift on a vast sea of socialism.

Roberts, like his president, took an oath (in Mr. Obama’s case, twice because of Roberts) to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution. Roberts’ betrayal of that oath yesterday puts him in the company of enemies of individual liberty. While betrayal by the president has come to be common and expected, Roberts’ betrayal particularly stings, and can only be compared to that of a Brutus.

Knowing the hubris characteristic of Roberts’ class, I doubt seriously he will acknowledge his failure, but in my humble opinion, he should hang his head in shame. The irony of it all is that Mr. Obama, as is his custom, would have simply ignored a decision that overturned the Affordable Care Act (an oxymoron if I ever heard one) and went full steam ahead implementing it.

Roberts’ actions were not only needless, but in so doing he did irreparable harm to the very document he purports to jealously defend. History will remember his deceit.

Gary B. Williamson

Augusta

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