Homosexual activists achieved historic gains in the November 2012 election in the states of Washington, Maine and Maryland. These three notoriously liberal states passed laws extending marriage benefits to homosexual relationships by four to six percentage points. But will these legal victories ultimately deny them the sweeping Supreme Court decision they long for?
Looking back over the last four years, it is now obvious that the greatest symbolic moment of President Barack Obama' first term was the very first moment.
President Obama has proved he can win re-election without a second-term agenda merely by demonizing his opponent and appealing to voters' fears instead of our hopes, dreams and aspirations.
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These past few days have given us a lot of fireworks, between the Supreme Court decision upholding Obamacare and the celebration of Independence Day. With the fireworks came a serious look at the Founding Fathers -- and what they had to say about governance.
Granted, it was not the most popular decision ever rendered by a chief justice of the United States. Its immediate result was particularly unpopular with those who over the years had shared his own political loyalties and ideological tendencies.
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How foolish does the media look now, after weeks of demagoguery, now that the Court has issued two huge victories for the Left in one week?
What if we all simply decided to interpret the 5-4 Supreme Court decision to uphold Obamacare as a 9-0 vote to <i>overturn</i> Obamacare?
The annual Independence Day party that I host at my home was particularly alive with conversation this year. Conversation probably not too different from what was taking place in a lot of backyards around the country.
Feeling misled? You certainly should. Congress created a law so complex that it occupies between 2,400 and 2,800 pages depending on who says what, almost all of them unread by the people who voted for it. President Obama and his Democratic colleagues told you many things about the law – most of which were either mischaracterizations or outright lies. What Chief Justice John Roberts did was tell the truth, and now we can move forward.
The jobs number this morning was, to say the least, disappointing. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the unemployment rate remained at 8.2% but the economy added only about 80,000 jobs - far below the "whisper number" which was north of 110,000 - and farther below the number needed to bring the unemployment rate down.
In the classic comedy, "Office Space", the annoying, worthless boss Bill Lumbergh instructs his indifferent employees to ponder this question before acting: “ask yourself, is this good for the company?” Likewise here, regardless of last week’s Supreme Court decision upholding the Affordable Care Act, the question is whether the Act is good for America. Americans expect Mitt Romney, who seeks to manage one of the co-equal branches, to have a compelling, cogent answer, and one that doesn’t depend on the meaning of the word “is.”
Until last week, Chief Justice John Roberts was vilified as the leader of a conservative judicial cabal poised to destroy the Obama presidency by overturning the federal takeover of health care. But with his unexpected affirmation, Roberts suddenly was lauded as the new Earl Warren -- an "evolving" conservative who at last saw the logic of liberal big government.
Of the 17 lawyers who have served as chief justice of the United States, John Marshall -- the fourth chief justice -- has come to be known as the "Great Chief Justice." The folks who have given him that title are the progressives who have largely written the history we are taught in government schools. They revere him because he is the intellectual progenitor of federal power.
WASHINGTON -- I have a headache. I imagine you do too, if you have been trying to interpret the legalese employed by those legal sages who have pronounced on Thursday's Supreme Court decision on Obamacare. I would rather read the lyrics of a thousand rap composers than the anfractuous language of one legal sage.
When asked at the close of the Constitutional Convention in 1787 what the Founders had wrought, Benjamin Franklin famously said, "A Republic, if you can keep it."
Conservatives are apoplectic that John Roberts, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, sided with the liberal wing of the court in largely upholding the constitutionality of The Affordable Care Act (ACA). Their rhetoric has been filled with invective and they have described Roberts as “a traitor to his philosophy” who is “forever stained in the eyes of Conservatives.” His opinion has been called “the worst kind of judicial activism” and characterized as “a 21st century Dred Scott decision.”
Betrayal is hard to take, whether in our personal lives or in the political life of the nation.
“An Umpire.” That is how John Roberts properly described the duty of a Supreme Court justice during his confirmation hearings. His rulebook? The U.S. Constitution. Thank you sir, may I have another!
Last week, supporters and opponents of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act anxiously awaited the Supreme Court's ruling on the law's individual health insurance mandate. Imagine their surprise when the Court announced, in a majority opinion by Chief Justice John Roberts, that there is no individual health insurance mandate.
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