Kathryn Lopez

"For the first time in the history of health care in the United States," said Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, R-Neb. who led a recent bipartisan discussion of the law with other congress members, "this law would force Americans to choose to either obey the government or violate their personal convictions ... It is wrong ... and it is an affront to the very purpose of our government, derived from the consent of the governed."

This goes back to the very thing that the pope and the president talked about on the White House lawn in 2008: the value of human life and the future of freedom itself.

Once all of the dueling commentary, despondency and celebrations pass, I'd rally around what the chief justice said. His ruling wasn't an infidelity inasmuch as a nudge about staying awake and answering our civic calls.

Kathryn Lopez

Kathryn Jean Lopez, editor of National Review Online, writes a weekly column of conservative political and social commentary for Newspaper Enterprise Association.