For some time I have thought that the bitter – and usually mindless – partisanship in this country is our nation’s biggest problem. With that in mind, I cannot say I am surprised by the reaction of so-called “conservatives” to the Supreme Court’s decision on the Affordable Care Act, as well as their vilification of swing voter Chief Justice John Roberts. The “individual mandate” – the subject of almost all discussion – was once a widely-accepted principle by conservatives, and opposed by candidate Barack Obama in 2008. It was not until Obama attempted to address health care reform on a bipartisan basis and included it in the law since derided as “Obamacare” that it became the flashpoint for “conservative” attacks.
Not only that . . but Roberts’ thinking rested in part on the idea that the Court’s job is to respect the will of Congress and sustain legislation if possible. This position should get respect from those who oppose “judicial activism”, including most conservatives . . . but it won’t. I guess “judicial restraint” is bad if you don’t like the result . . .