Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Today marks the final round of arguments for and against Obamacare in the Supreme Court, and the suspense is killing us. Because it's unlikely that there will be a bigger or farther-reaching legal decision made in our lifetimes.
The stakes go way beyond healthcare and can be basically boiled down to this question: does the government have the absolute power to control how and what Americans buy (not just healthcare, but everything) and, if that's the case, is there any limit on government control over the individual at all?
If you think we're overstating the case, then consider the statement by Chief Justice John Roberts that if Obama's legal team prevails, "all bets are off" in terms of the way government can seize control of our lives.
With our Constitutional freedoms so clearly at risk, you'd think that this would be a slam dunk nine-to-zero ruling for the court. But instead, the expectation is that four Justices will vote for Obamacare, four Justices will vote against it, and just one "swing" Justice, Anthony Kennedy, may ultimately be the sole person to determine the future of our country and the citizenry's relationship to Washington's new progressive overlords.
That, in and of itself, is a terrifying proposition.
As is this fact: if the Obama team wins its case, then the members of the Supreme Court can pack their bags and toddle home for the last time. Because their only job is to interpret the Constitution... and the Constitution will be no more.