According to Greek mythology, it was around 1200 B.C. when the Greeks waged war on the city of Troy, and we have always heard that it was prosecuted over a siren of a woman, named Helen, who become widely known as “Helen of Troy.” Among the legend’s underpinning are many sub-plots—the story of Hector’s slaying by Achilles, who, himself, later died from a wound in his heel. And, then, there is another that lives on, today, in allegory—The Trojan Horse–known as Justice John Roberts’ decision on Obamacare.
Troy had been famous for its impregnability, which was further evidenced by the Greeks’ inability to penetrate Troy’s protective walls, after many days of fighting and much loss of life. Near the point of total dejection, the Greeks devised a better stratagem that would exploit the hubris of the Trojan people. During a long and suspicious lull in the fighting, the Greeks fashioned what appeared to be a peace offering left in their final retreat—a large wooden horse, left at the gates to city of Troy.
Full of bravado for having routed the Greek aggression, the Trojans “accepted” this towering testament to their military superiority over a longtime formidable foe, and they towed the large wooden equestrian likeness into the heart of the city…inside of those once impregnable walls. After nightfall and the city slept, the belly of the giant horse opened and a few armed Greek soldiers emerged to slay the Trojan sentinels and open Troy’s gate from the inside–allowing entry to the massive Greek force. And, the rest is history…or IS it?
I find that the moral message of the tail is one that was visited upon us, when the Obama Healthcare bill was upheld by the Supreme Court. Much of the country, including noted pundits and Talk Radio hosts, apoplectically perched on the ledge of sanctimony, threatening to jump, citing there was nothing left for which to live. Wringing their hands, they all chorused their complaints of how Chief Justice Roberts had strayed well beyond the bounds of the court’s authority to help buoy the bill and save it from the ash heap of stricken legislation. And, I must admit, that was my initial impression and complaint, as well. We ALL missed a flawlessly executed move against our “city of Troy”—Obama and the Left.
Once I was able to get through a quart of 80 proof and my sense of reason returned, I began thinking that, perhaps, the Emperor DOES have clothes, in this case, the Emperor being Chief Justice Roberts. Moreover, I began recalling just how he had brilliantly taken the Liberal Senators to the woodshed, during his confirmation hearings, and they never knew what hit them. I began recalling Justice Robert’s genius, and my thinking ultimately crystalized around the thought that the Chief Justice likely had out-smarted us all in a maneuver whose full-frontal implications might be years, if not decades, shy of full activation, realization…and appreciation.
In January 2010, Barack Obama exploited the State of the Union Address pulpit to browbeat and intimidate the Supreme Court Justices for their decision to allow corporations the right to contribute to political advertisements. During that most inappropriate moment, the attending justices were clearly uncomfortable, even embarrassed for having to sit and listen to Community Organizer dare to presume having such a right. No sitting President had ever had the unmitigated gall so brazenly to disgrace and disrespect the High Court in such a setting. In an unabashed and unprecedented move, Obama presumed to surmount the Supreme Court with an assertion that meant nothing less than his presumed superiority over a group that worked for him. They are co-equal in stature, as secured by the U.S. Constitution. But, then, this President would find nothing untoward by having our Constitution printed on rolls and hung in stalls behind doors marked, MEN and WOMEN.
In their attacks on Roberts for his decision, critics lambast him for not staying above the fray of politics; yet, they fail to recognize the more common fray that overwhelms us all, including a Supreme Court Chief Justice—the fray of human psyche. The Chief Justice even had been accuses of bowing the congressional pressure and media scrutiny. So, if we were to assume that Roberts became fallible under such distresses, then why would he resist another emotion that is just as persuasive…just as human.
I say look no further than that State of the Union moment, and you’ll understand the action of Justice Roberts, during the constitutional vetting of the Obama Healthcare bill. And it has nothing to do with Justice Roberts becoming an activist judge; nor is it evidence of the court attempting to reframe and redefine what is or is not a tax. And it certainly haves not correlation with pressures of media scrutiny. No, it has no kinship with anything so esoteric. Instead, the rationale behind Justice Roberts’ move Left on this legislation is as mundane as the most primal and least common of the human denominators. And it’s called “getting even.” Revenge.
While the rest of us have given many hours speculating if Obama can be beaten in November, the SCOTUS ruling on Obamacare reduced it to an unmitigated “you bet your ass.” We have wondered if Romney could carry a torch around which the majority of electors will congregate, and we have shuddered to the thought of the GOP failing, again, to have the stones to out engage the Liberals and rally the country back from the brink. But, in one chess-like move, Roberts’ christened Obama’s historic defeat and declared it to be in play.
Come November 7, 2012 we all will come to know the pyrrhic nature of the White House’s so-called Obamacare victory. Over the next four months, the Obamacare Trojan Horse, now already deep inside the camp of the victorious Left, will unleash the wrath of having had this legislation upheld and hung around the neck of President Tall-Drink-of-Water. By it not being declared Unconstitutional, Obamacare cannot be dismissed by a “Well, I tried” by Obama. He cannot declare the court as another anti-Obama force, aligned with all the others of which Obama claims to be victim. But by having it upheld as a tax actually shoves the legislation right up Obama’s dirt chute. And, no matter how his oratory waxes his victimhood, the country will know that the only thing that can be continually…and appreciably…laid at the feet of George W Bush is that it was he behind the man who was behind Barack Obama’s defeat—Chief Justice John Roberts.
Chief Justice John Roberts single-handedly turned our country from the moral hazard of liberalism, gone mad.