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Chief Justice Roberts, who knew?

What happens to someone who lives by words when words fail them? That’s me, right now, at least for a few minutes before I explode with a torrent of gleeful ones. Already struck dumb with happiness by the Chief Justice after last week’s anti-Arizona immigration ruling, I am again left speechless after his championing of the Obama healthcare bill. What’s the word for a positive double-whammy? Be still, my heart!

It’s about time that racist, xenophobic states should be reminded that we may be a confederation but there is a federal government and that in civilized countries such as the one in which we are lucky enough to be living, the federal government generally has the common good at heart. It’s good that the Supreme Court supports an administration that understands how inequitable it is to deport young people who have committed no crime except being brought to this country as infants. Their parents are guilty of an illegal action? What parent wouldn’t choose to be, when the goal is to give their family a future where there was none? It’s also time to recognize that the hard-working community of Hispanics, legal or illegal, the one mainly targeted by immigration laws similar to Arizona’s, is the mainstay of manual labor in this country. Where we would be without it, I don’t know.

And now comes the healthcare issue, happily resolved at last, if only in part, thanks to the Supreme Court decision, again spearheaded by Roberts. That the United States should have been the only Western country unwilling to provide medical care for many of its citizens was shameful. Republicans can bellow all they want and feel stabbed in the back by one of their own who is turning out to be a stealth liberal, who cares? Even if Obama is not reelected this fall, and he will be if my vote counts at all, he will have written contemporary American history as few recent presidents have, first by dint of his race and now this landmark piece of legislation.

And, an abundance of cherries on this scrumptious cake, the utter bewilderment of the GOP ranks. What? what, WHAT? Roberts? ROBERTS? Republicans are falling all over themselves trying to figure out a proper response that wouldn’t completely discredit them. Generally, the comments range from, “it’s terrible! Oh, no, what am I saying? It’s not terrible at all,” (Cucinelli), to “tssk, tssk, bad for the economy,” (Marco Rubio) to Glenn Beck’s disdainful assessment of the Chief Justice: “Progressiveness is a disease of both parties.” (Wow!) Let’s not forget the “coward” t-shirts, sold by the same ineffable Beck (last opportunity to turn a quick $30 before the country is taken over by commies).

Confusion among GOP stalwarts extends to their op-ed columnists. Read Charles Krauthammer tying himself up in knots explaining why what appears to be Roberts upholding the Affordable Care Act is actually a ruling against it or Kathleen Parker’s bizarre argument that despite appearances, the Obama administration is utterly defeated.

My last two days have been filled with guffaws and chuckles, followed by giggles, then peals of loud, really loud laughter. How often does that happen? For that too, thank you, Chief Justice.

  1. Melinda Barnhardt
    June 30, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    It seems that he has a personality, too (the remark about the “impregnable island fortress”).

    The assessment of Krauthammer and Parker is right (pun intended) on!


    • July 1, 2012 at 6:57 am

      I loved the “impregnable island fortress” comment.


  2. bobbietroy
    July 1, 2012 at 2:13 am

    Yes, wonderful, but the fight is not over. Those who are followers of the lies of the Right believe that this healthcare reform is “bad.” They will still fight it tool and nail, as Mighty Mitt has pledged to do.
    It’s a damn shame that we are so far behind the rest of the world in taking care of our own. Some good things have happened since 1912, but too few and far between.
    See: http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jivckcL7YM3aQhO2WEZkH5Qf2WRQ?docId=3708b393bbdd4e67a59fcad8840b4375We ain’t there yet, but Omaba has started us on the right path.


    • July 1, 2012 at 6:57 am

      You’re right, the fight will never be over as long as the worse possible insult is to call someone “progressive” or “liberal.” The awful Beck’s first response to the SC ruling was an indignant, “this will help the poor!” Imagine! Helping the poor! Only a socialist or even communist government would come up with such a weird idea!


  3. July 3, 2012 at 3:45 am

    I think that it’s too early to pass judgment on Roberts, but his latest decisions show at least more independent thinking than Scalia or Thomas have ever displayed.
    We should not however forget the disastrous “Citizens United” decision that even Mc Cain roundly condemned.


    • July 3, 2012 at 8:17 am

      Still,I won’t look this gift horse in the mouth. We’re so used to bad surprises, a good one is a tremendous morale boost. As for what happens next, we’ll see…


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