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Appeasing Statism: John Roberts abandons Constitution, Court, and Conservatives.
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Defined by Webster’s variously as “to pacify,” “to satisfy,” and “to yield to the demands of in a conciliatory effort, sometimes at the expense of one’s principles.”
Say again: “yield to the demands….at the expense of one’s principles.”
So let us come now to the case of Chief Justice John Roberts.
Who delivered himself of the deciding vote declaring Obamacare constitutional — clearly infuriating his conservative colleagues on the Court. Not to mention millions of Americans who chose to vote for George W. Bush over John Kerry in 2004 in part because they wanted the conservative Bush, not the liberal Kerry, to be appointing Supreme Court Justices.
Because there is a considerable feeling the Chief Justice has treated with Statism and the Constitution’s foes as Neville Chamberlain once treated with Adolf Hitler.
By appeasing, by attempting to pacify — yielding to demands from the Left at the expense of the Constitution’s First Principles.
To be clear, let’s say the obvious. I am certainly not comparing President Obama or any of the liberal Justices of the Supreme Court to Adolf Hitler, a comparison as silly as it is offensive.
What is being discussed here is how conservatives should deal with two implacable foes: the impersonal, amorphous enemies that are disdain for the Constitution and the worship of the State that is Statism. These two foes are not forces that can be appeased, just as Chamberlain and Britain learned the hard way with the implacable enemy that was Hitler.
Neville Chamberlain, as Churchill pointed out, wanted desperately to be “The Great Peacemaker.” Now comes John Roberts, who essentially stands accused of selling out both principle and common sense in a bid to be The Great Peacemaker — American legal version. The Chief Justice who stands accused of essentially trying to deal with Statism in precisely the same way Chamberlain tried to deal with Hitler. By making the maintenance of peace between conservatives and Statists his first priority instead of First Principles.
By failing spectacularly to understand that the adversaries that are disdain for the Constitution and the worship of Statism must be seen clearly for what they in fact are: movements to assault and eventually remove liberty and freedom.
Sounds startling, doesn’t it? Extremist. Out there. Way out there. What American in their right mind would want to give up their own liberty and freedom? Much less what Chief Justice of the United States would even remotely consider such a thing?
Certainly no one will fess up to aiming at this objective, doubtless in some cases because they themselves don’t even realize what they are doing. And most certainly there are those whose guiding belief is “liberty for me but not for thee.” Media Matters, for example, wants Rush Limbaugh off the air but would scream bloody murder if there were a serious effort to force Media Matters itself off the Internet.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
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