Thursday, June 28, 2012

An Enigma

I am still thinking.  Why follow everyone into a panic?  Why pick an easy target and shoot until we've used up all of our ammunition?  I keep thinking that maybe there is some strategy here.  I have been reading pundits from both sides of the Obama Care fight, and I, like you, was left scratching my head over Roberts decision.  However, while I am not sophisticated politically, I am aware that there is more than one way to skin a cat.  There were great constitutional issues to be decided with this decision.  The split in the court was a definite demarcation between the two political forces here in the United States of America.  In case you were wondering, I am not referring to the Republicans and the Democrats.  I am referring to those citizens of our great country who happen to think that morals and ethics are still important considerations when judging what goes on in our country.  I believe there are still more voters in America who think this way than those who sell out for a bowl of porridge.  I wrote about slight of hand in yesterdays post.  When the trick is exposed, the magician loses his mystique and the show is no longer entertaining.  I hope this will be the eventual result with this decision.  The great base of educated and thinking voters will not be fooled.  Someone has commented that while folks thought they were watching a simple game of checkers, Justice Roberts may have been playing chess.  He has taken the argument from the overused commerce clause to an issue of taxation.  This may pay dividends in future decisions.

I have always felt that a politician is to be judged by the animosities he excites among his opponents.  - Sir Winston Churchill

Here are some comments today from Dick Morris (former political adviser for president Bill Clinton)
“The Supreme Court did not let Obama off the hook, by the time the election comes around, it could be lethal."

Now some comments from,  Erick Erickson 

First, I get the strong sense from a few anecdotal stories about Roberts over the past few months and the way he has written this opinion that he very, very much was concerned about keeping the Supreme Court above the partisan fray and damaging the reputation of the Court long term. It seems to me the left was smart to make a full frontal assault on the Court as it persuaded Roberts.
Second, in writing his opinion, Roberts forces everyone to deal with the issue as a political, not a legal issue. In the past twenty years, Republicans have punted a number of issues to the Supreme Court asking the Court to save us from ourselves. They can’t do that with Roberts. They tried with McCain-Feingold, which was originally upheld. This case is a timely reminder to the GOP that five votes are not a sure thing.
Third, while Roberts has expanded the taxation power, which I don’t really think is a massive expansion from what it was, Roberts has curtailed the commerce clause as an avenue for Congressional overreach. In so doing, he has affirmed the Democrats are massive taxers. In fact, I would argue that this may prevent future mandates in that no one is going to go around campaigning on new massive tax increases. On the upside, I guess we can tax the hell out of abortion now. Likewise, in a 7 to 2 decision, the Court shows a strong majority still recognize the concept of federalism and the restrains of Congress in forcing states to adhere to the whims of the federal government.
Fourth, in forcing us to deal with this politically, the Democrats are going to have a hard time running to November claiming the American people need to vote for them to preserve Obamacare. It remains deeply, deeply unpopular with the American people. If they want to make a vote for them a vote for keeping a massive tax increase, let them try.
Fifth, the decision totally removes a growing left-wing talking point that suddenly they must vote for Obama because of judges. The Supreme Court as a November issue for the left is gone. For the right? That sound you hear is the marching of libertarians into Camp Romney, with noses held, knowing that the libertarian and conservative coalitions must unite to defeat Obama and Obamacare.
Finally, while I am not down on John Roberts like many of you are today, i will be very down on Congressional Republicans if they do not now try to shut down the individual mandate. Force the Democrats on the record about the mandate. Defund Obamacare. This now, by necessity, is a political fight and the GOP sure as hell should fight.
60% of Americans agree with them on the issue. And guess what? The Democrats have been saying for a while that individual pieces of Obamacare are quite popular. With John Roberts’ opinion, the repeal fight takes place on GOP turf, not Democrat turf. The all or nothing repeal has always been better ground for the GOP and now John Roberts has forced everyone onto that ground.
It seems very, very clear to me in reviewing John Roberts’ decision that he is playing a much longer game than us and can afford to with a life tenure. And he probably just handed Mitt Romney the White House.
History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon.  -Napoleon Bonaparte

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

I have been pondering.  It has been almost two months since I last posted.  Sometimes I need pondering time.  When you have said all that you know how to say, and are reduced to posting what others are saying, it is time to ponder for a spell.  How do you explain that which cannot be explained?  I think the problem with explaining anything is narrowing your focus to cover your subject.  The explanations offered by most people today are a product of a society that can't or won't focus.  We have been conditioned to talk in sound bites.  In order to do this, it is necessary to paint with larger brushes.  When you paint with larger brushes, the necessary small details get lost.  So your answers, while they may look good on the surface, do not pass the logic test.

I am going to attempt to make some sense out of some current topics that I think are being poorly handled for political expediency.  Politicians have learned that the more confusing you can make things, the more likely the electorate will be to accept a sound bite answer.  Misdirection is not only a tool for the magician, it is also used by a variety of con-artists who don't want you to see what is really happening.  Obama is an expert in talking about apples and then giving you an illustrative example about oranges.  It may sound good until you realize that he has just misdirected your attention with an example that has nothing to do with what he was originally talking about.

You know you're getting old when you stoop to tie your shoelaces and wonder what else you could do while you're down there.  - George Burns