W. MacMeekin III
W. MacMeekin III, of Winter Haven, Fla., is an author with five
books to his credit, including “Lincoln Laughing.” (lincolnlaughing.com).
His latest book is “Destination Germany: The Combat Missions
of Lt. Col. Charles A. Felts (USAF) (Ret.), His Crew, the 787th
Bomb Squadron and Fellow Airmen.” A Korean War-era veteran
of the U.S. Air Force, MacMeekin is a former investment manager
and educator. He can be reached by e-mail at jameswmacmeekin
his Obamacare opinion; Justice Roberts isn’t sleeping with
July 17, 2012
JAMES W. MacMEEKIN III
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First, Roberts could have and was expected to join
the four other conservative justices and their unanimous decision
to declare the act’s entire 2,700 pages unconstitutional.
It has been said Roberts was playing chess when his
colleagues were playing checkers. The analogy is correct. If Roberts
had joined his ideological colleagues, the Republicans would have
breathed a sigh of collective relief, content with a premature victory.
Progressives then would be required to ramp up massive attempts
to control the outcome of the Nov. 6, 2012, general election.
If, however, Roberts would join the court’s
liberal faction — as he did — Republicans would go completely
apoplectic — as they have — and now be required to redouble
their pre-election efforts, both financial as well as political.
President Barack Obama, meanwhile, now must defend the largest tax
increase in U.S. history! That's not smart. That's bloody brilliant!
But, Roberts didn't stop there. He then redefined
the disastrous use of the so-called “Commerce Clause,”
carefully limiting what can and will be constitutionally allowed
in future case applications. If Roberts were a rogue conservative,
would he have dramatically reinstated the actual intent of the Commerce
Clause? No Supreme Court in history has been able to accomplish
that task! Good grief, sports fans, what’s not to understand?
Then, in an effort to identify the reasons for his decision to
join the high court’s liberal sect, he wrote, “ ...
it wasn’t because the health care law was good policy but,
because there wasn’t a constitutional reason to invalidate
the individual (health insurance) mandate.” Roberts continued,
“Because the individual mandate in the health care law qualifies
as a tax, the Constitution permits such a tax. It is not our role
to forbid it, or to pass upon its wisdom or fairness.”
“We possess,” the chief justice continued, “neither
the expertise nor the prerogative to make policy judgments. Those
decisions are entrusted to our nation’s elected leaders, who
can be thrown out of office if the people disagree with them. It
is not our job to protect the people from the consequences of their
Can it be any clearer? Justice Roberts didn’t have to use
these words in his decision. No liberal would have shut the Commerce
Clause door from additional progressive mischief. His words were
written on purpose. He’s telling Republicans, “I've
energized you. Now, vote these progressives out of existence.”
Not even the progressives have picked up on Roberts’ words,
thrust into the laps of his conservative brethren. But, that’s
Justice Roberts likely will never clarify his words or actions
— except, perhaps, in his memoirs. But, for those who have
and continue to berate this man, not knowing the constitutional
and political gift given to a United States on the brink of socio-communist
control, I say this: Get on your knees and thank the good Lord above
for that gift.
Justice Roberts might have just saved the United States of America.