To quote a commentator who so often has sage things to say,
So by my reading of the situation, Chief Justice Roberts has decided that the Congress can in fact pass a law requiring Americans to eat broccoli, just so long as the law includes a heavy punitive financial penalty for failure to comply. Because then it would just be a tax. Or something.
Our history as a republic under a government of limited, enumerated powers is officially at an end, thanks to yet another Supreme Court justice nominated by a President named Bush.
The doctrine of enumerated powers matters. A government of limited federal powers matters. Our American republic matters. The colonies would never, never have joined to form this great country in the first place more than two hundred years ago had they not been assured, repeatedly, that the federal government's powers would be limited. Now that is over, yet the form of the country remains. This is an historic day, and a tragic one.
Do not tell me that procedure is not important. At this very moment the leftist architects of Obamacare are gloating over the massive power that has been left in their hands--power to regulate the minute details of the doctor-patient relationship, power to trample religious liberty, power to do more or less anything they please.
Would it have been worth it had a similar republic-ending power grab been made by people with ideals and goals more in sympathy with my own, who swore to use their dictatorial powers only "for the good"? Would that make it okay?
No, it wouldn't.