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Was Justice Roberts Bullied Into Upholding ObamaCare!!

Yankee Traveler 2012/07/04 11:44:56
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Could have Supreme Court John Roberts been intimidated by President Obama and his
allies into writing a startling, incomprehensible opinion that
preserved Obama’s signature achievement as president?

Could it
possible that the august corridors of the Supreme Court were trampled by
Chicago-style political tactics, that the Constitution was shredded by
the dog-eared playbook of bullying activist Saul Alinsky, the guiding
light of Obama’s political operation?

There is no way to prove
that Chief Justice John Roberts was intimidated into upholding Obamacare
as constitutional.

Back on
April 2, Obama helped ignite the recent focus by politicians and
commentators on the “politicization” of the Supreme Court when he
menaced:

Ultimately, I’m confident that the Supreme
Court will not take what would be an unprecedented, extraordinary step
of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a
democratically elected Congress. And I’d just remind conservative
commentators that for years what we’ve heard is, the biggest problem on
the bench was judicial activism or a lack of judicial restraint — that
an unelected group of people would somehow overturn a duly constituted
and passed law. Well, this is a good example. And I’m pretty confident
that this Court will recognize that and not take that step.

Remarks that could have been written by a Brooklyn Wise Guy: I’m confident you’ll do the right thing, see?

All
of this was theater. There’s nothing “unprecedented” or “extraordinary”
about the Supreme Court overturning a law, and Obamacare was not passed
by a “strong majority.” What was extraordinary was the sight of a
president, standing in the Rose Garden, leaning on the Supreme Court.

Obama
had inappropriately gone after the Court before, of course, criticizing
the Justices to their faces during the 2010 State of the Union for
having “reversed a century of law to open the floodgates for special
interests” in the Citizens United case and calling on Congress to “pass a
bill that helps to right this wrong.”

Is there anyone who
seriously doubts that Obama would have made denigrating the Supreme
Court – and promoting himself to fix it with second term appointments – a
central plank of his campaign?

The first suggestion that Roberts
may have been influenced by all this is that it appears he may have
changed his mind after initially supporting the four conservatives who
voted to strike down Obamacare.

The Wall Street Journal:

One
telling note is that the dissent refers repeatedly to “Justice
Ginsburg’s dissent” and “the dissent” on the mandate, but of course they
should be referring to Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s concurrence. This wording
and other sources suggest that there was originally a 5-4 majority
striking down at least part of ObamaCare, but then the Chief Justice
changed his mind . . .

The political class and legal left
conducted an extraordinary campaign to define such a decision as
partisan and illegitimate. If the Chief Justice capitulated to this
pressure, it shows the Court can be intimidated and swayed from its
constitutional duties.

And Roberts, indeed, would be uniquely susceptible to such pressure.

Roberts
is a creature of Washington and likely less immune than some of the
other Justices to its Zeitgeist. He came to Washington 30 years ago,
after graduating from Harvard Law School, and has been here ever since.

But Roberts is also a creature of the Supreme Court.

He’s
been Chief Justice now for almost seven years. Nut what’s less well
known is that he basically started his career at the Court, clerking for
then-Associate Justice William Rehnquist from 1981-1982. He worked for
George H.W. Bush as Principal Deputy Solicitor General from 1989-1993.
Afterward, in private practice, he argued some 39 cases before the
Supreme Court.

The chatter in the last 24 hours that Roberts may
have been seeking to protect the Court where he’s toiled for a major
portion of his professional life makes sense.

Especially when you consider his opinion in Obamacare case.

Roberts
imagined passages in the law that weren’t there. He called the penalty
for failing to sign up for Obamacare a tax, when it expressly was not a
tax. No lower court accepted the argument that it was. Even Obama’s
Solicitor General spent little time trying to argue this angle.

The
Chief Justice’s opinion is inexplicable in the absence of some other
external factor intruding on his thinking. And that external factor may
well have been the president and the mobs who threatened to trash
Roberts’ Court if it killed their beloved Obamacare.

Could it be possible the Supreme Court didn’t rule but the mob ruled?

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  • dasimon1 2012/07/04 12:51:27
    Yes Justice Roberts Was Bullied by Chicago-style political tactics (comment ...
    dasimon1
    +5
    To be honest I wouldn't put it passed Obama to have bullied Roberts. Obama is more of a scumbag than the Libs see.But we see it.He's a Liar,a Cheat, a Muslim,a Sociailstic Prick,
    a Total Scumbag,Jew Hater,a Thief,a BIG TURD, And his wife can scare the flies off of a manure truck !! What is good about him??? Do you think the Libs have any idea?

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  • true american 2012/07/07 16:27:32
    Yes Justice Roberts Was Bullied by Chicago-style political tactics (comment ...
    true american
    +1
    It is likely
  • Seonag 2012/07/07 14:47:21
    Yes Justice Roberts Was Bullied by Chicago-style political tactics (comment ...
    Seonag
    +1
    It sure appears that way, especially since it appears he changed his opinion half way through the opinion writing phase.
  • Yankee ... Seonag 2012/07/07 15:32:05
    Yankee Traveler
    +1
    That's what sparked my interest
  • Christine/Rest in peace Pet... 2012/07/07 02:50:44
    Yes Justice Roberts Was Bullied by Chicago-style political tactics (comment ...
    Christine/Rest in peace Peter Br
    +1
    Using the media, Obama demonized any Supreme Court Justice who might not vote in favor of his Obamacare. Knowing the Obama style of using Chicago tactics against anyone who disagrees with him, I would not be surprised if Roberts was bullied in everyway behind the scenes.
  • ScottyG - Faqueue 2012/07/05 17:28:25
    None of the above
    ScottyG - Faqueue
    He did it for other machiavellian reasons. The results are yet to show this, but trust me, the decision does have a purpose.
  • jackolantyrn356 2012/07/04 15:47:35
    Chicago-style political tactics? What's that? (comment please)
    jackolantyrn356
    +2
    Comrade Johnny Roberts was a "Stealth" Justice. His record has always had more than a few BONERS in it. I'm damned tired of watching Justices make up Constitutional Law.
  • Southern Man 2012/07/04 15:25:06
    All of the above
    Southern Man
    +3
    Yes 0bama bullied him and I'm sure he has done it to many people in the last 3 1/2 years and will continue to do it till he is gone .... I would bet 0bama has more than 1 hit man on the payroll
  • bill 2012/07/04 15:16:55
    None of the above
    bill
    +3
    If John Roberts were true gentlemen, he would wait until Romney was in the White House and then resign!
  • Mike bill 2012/07/04 19:17:19
    Mike
    +1
    Ginsberg needs to go with him
  • dasimon1 2012/07/04 12:51:27
    Yes Justice Roberts Was Bullied by Chicago-style political tactics (comment ...
    dasimon1
    +5
    To be honest I wouldn't put it passed Obama to have bullied Roberts. Obama is more of a scumbag than the Libs see.But we see it.He's a Liar,a Cheat, a Muslim,a Sociailstic Prick,
    a Total Scumbag,Jew Hater,a Thief,a BIG TURD, And his wife can scare the flies off of a manure truck !! What is good about him??? Do you think the Libs have any idea?
  • jimmy dasimon1 2012/07/04 13:41:16
    jimmy
    +1
    couldn't of said it better, well i probably could but i would of bend sensored, don't you know. But all in all you did a DAMN good description of obamanut
  • dasimon1 jimmy 2012/07/04 14:06:49
    dasimon1
    +3
    thank you thank you thank you .We need to abolish Obamanation!!
  • jimmy dasimon1 2012/07/04 14:11:54
    jimmy
    +1
    ABSOLUTELY and your welcome
  • Souther... dasimon1 2012/07/04 15:22:23
    Southern Man
    +1
    Don't hold anything back tell us how you really feel

    By the way I agree with every word
  • dasimon1 Souther... 2012/07/04 15:35:28
    dasimon1
    +2
    Thank you !!
  • Kat ♪.BTO-t-BCRA-F~PWCM~ 2012/07/04 12:06:06
    Yes Justice Roberts Was Bullied by Chicago-style political tactics (comment ...
    Kat ♪.BTO-t-BCRA-F~PWCM~
    +5
    They bully and worse. They had his comments to the court on record that was minor bullying he thought he could get away with publicly, gets worse when it's not for media attention.
  • SK-pro scramnesty 2012/07/04 11:57:36
    Yes Justice Roberts Was Bullied by Chicago-style political tactics (comment ...
    SK-pro scramnesty
    +5
    very possible, we will never know for sure.
    Some libturd said they have life time tenure, that maybe true but they are impeachable.
  • VoteOut 2012/07/04 11:56:12
    Undecided
    VoteOut
    +3
    roberts works for the monetary cartel and his decision had very little to do with Obamacare and all to do with in your face the FEDs have the power to tax, take and penalize for any puprose they choose to.
  • superangrymonkey 2012/07/04 11:53:54
    Undecided
    superangrymonkey
    +1
    Doubtful, but possible. Roberts is a notorious scumbag all on his own.
  • Yankee ... superan... 2012/07/04 13:14:42
    Yankee Traveler
    +2
    He doesn't seem like he needs much help!! I'd like someone to wipe that smirk off his face!!

    Justice Roberts
  • superan... Yankee ... 2012/07/04 13:16:11 (edited)
    superangrymonkey
    +1
    Exactly. Dude's a totally corrupt douche all on his own. That's not the face of a guy who got browbeaten into submission.
  • dasimon1 superan... 2012/07/04 13:21:23
    dasimon1
    +1
    No it's the face of a man who was bought off heavily and he's laughing all the way to the bank. Talk about corrupt....Obama needs a lesson actually he needs to be knocked on his butt!
  • Yankee ... superan... 2012/07/05 08:51:30
    Yankee Traveler
    If that guy approached me as a sales person anywhere, I'd refuse to do business with him! You would know that you're getting screwed just being there!

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