The ruling is an epiphany for Democrats: Any time we want to regulate anything, we can now do so — as long as we impose a tax for non-compliance, and we probably don’t even have to call it a tax until we get to court!…

REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTS HAVE A SAD HISTORY of nominating to the Supreme Court people who end up trampling both the letter of the Constitution and the clear intent of the Founders. But Gerald Ford’s nomination of John Paul Stevens and George H.W. Bush’s nomination of David Souter may, when history is written with more than a few hours of reflection, pale in comparison to conservatives’ revulsion at Chief Justice John Roberts.

Roberts’ majority opinion on the issue of the mandate is a painful but perhaps necessary reminder that we have a serious political problem in this country — that Americans must start electing the right members of Congress, not counting on judges to bail us out from bad decisions made by those we have elected. Roberts makes us look in the mirror, perhaps reminding voters that people get the government they deserve. Indeed, the Chief Justice put it in black and white in his opinion: “It is not our job to protect the people from the consequences of their political choices.”

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