President Obama wishes the Constitution was not standing in the way of his “fundamentally transforming the United States of America.” Obama wants to “fundamentally transform” the greatest document and the greatest nation in the history of the world. Suppose Roberts saw that the only way to stop Obama’s agenda was to make sure Obama was defeated in November.
Obama and his brownshirts are dismantling this country piece by piece. Obama is able to hide this dismantling by dividing the country, pitting one group against another and using the blame game. For the first two years it was “blame George W. Bush.” When the Republicans won the House, then it became “blame Bush and the House Republicans.”
Suppose Roberts insisted that the only hope for the nation was to get rid of Obama. He decides that if he votes to strike down Obamacare it may jeopardize getting rid of Obama. Then, Obama and the complicit media could demonize Bush, House Republicans and those conservatives on the Supreme Court.
Can you imagine the mileage Obama could have gotten if Obamacare was struck down? I can hear Obama now: “You have two choices – our way, where we believe everyone should have a right to health care, or their way, where only the rich and privileged deserve health care.” This decision also would have energized Obama’s base. So Roberts decided that, with the election only four months away, why would he add that arrow to Obama’s quiver?
In voting to uphold Obamacare, Roberts has managed to energize this center-to-right country beyond the energy of the 2010 Republican landslides. Take notice that Roberts did not uphold Obamacare under the Commerce Clause. That could have led to future bad legislation using the Commerce Clause as the precedent.
By rewriting the bill calling funding of the mandate a tax, he sets no precedent. Congress already has authority to levy taxes. In Roberts’ decision, he also mentions upholding the decisions of the representatives sent by the electorate to represent them. I think this was a veiled message to the people. He was telling them that if you want Obamacare repealed, if you want government off your backs and if you want a reversal in course, then elect representatives who will do these things for you.