Last week, I discussed some of the ways that Obamacare will likely destroy America, and leave us all in a post-apocalyptic wasteland. But, at least well all have free health care when the roving mobs in search of food or jobs thrash us within an inch of our lives for having neither. This week, lets look at the huge conspiracy theory swirling about why Chief Justice Roberts of the United States Supreme Court may have sided with the liberals and lent his voice to approving Obamacare.
There is a growing sentiment among Republicans that a) Roberts is so doped up on medication that it has a deleterious effect on his judgment skills; b) Roberts is a RINO a Republican in Name Only; or c) Roberts is crazy like a fox.
The first comment, that Roberts is too far gone as a result of the medication he takes that he loses his judgment, couldnt be more wrong. While its true, Roberts suffers from epilepsy, which requires him to take, I would imagine, a few meds on a day-to-day basis (hey, wont those be free in the not-so-distant near future? Bonus!), I find it very difficult to believe that his medical condition, and all of the consequences thereof, would cause Roberts to have difficulty making decisions. If anything, I would expect those critical of Roberts decision to say it is directly because of his health issues that he desires free health care for all. But that doesnt even seem to enter into the discussion, for some strange reason, as that would be the argument I would go to first.
The second comment, that Roberts is a RINO, is also quite obviously false. It would seem as though Roberts, through his appointments and other major rulings on the nations courts, has well-established conservative credentials. To think hes lain in wait for decades as some sort of sleeper liberal couldnt be further from the case.
Its the third entry in the Roberts has lost his mind sweepstakes that does cause one to pause. Ive heard a bunch of theories about this one, Ive read more than a few, and, given my education and synthesis of the various theories, this is one I may be able to get behind. If any of you paid attention to such things, you may have noticed that Mitt Romney, the putative Republican candidate for president (we havent gotten to the convention, after all) took in approximately five million dollars the day the Supreme Court handed down its ruling. Five million bucks - thats a lot of cheese.
Quite likely, each and every one of these donors realized what a complete and total mess Obamacare would have on their lives, their jobs, their businesses and the United States. Peering through the looking glass, they could see the writing on the wall the whole system this country was founded upon would be torn asunder, with this ruling being the second step in a very deleterious transformation.
Without the Roberts Ruling, these donations may not have occurred. Sure, a few may have been convinced or persuaded to crack open their coin purses and throw some change Romneys way, but I highly doubt they would have kicked in as much money as was eventually given. Theres strand one of the conspiracy theory
. Strand two of comment three is that now the Republicans Party generally, and Romney specifically, has a definitive boogeyman to run against in the fall. Prior to the ruling, the GOP could run against a bunch of inactivity by the executive branch. Obama didnt deliver anything no hope and no change. The danger in this argument is two-fold: hope and change is quite subjective and not very measurable. Some people I would imagine have found their lives changed for the better with hope swelling in their hearts and heads as a result of President Obamas rise to the Oval Office.
Secondly, the Democratic Party can point to the generally GOP-controlled Congress and say, this is why nothing has been done. The Republicans block and stymie everything we try. Vote those bums out and then maybe well have a chance at getting some real change in front of the American citizens.
Now, the GOP and Romney dont have to worry about those two quagmire-inducing arguments, and can focus on one matter that could cause pain and suffering (as noted in last weeks column). The rise of the socialist welfare state. I know I could use a few free meds to get that out of my head.
Christopher Markham writes a regular column for fredericknewspost.com.