This is how bad it is.
By allowing the penalty included within Obamacare to stand under the federal government's taxing authority, Chief Justice John Roberts has enshrined the policy ambitions of one Frank Marshall Davis.
In a column published on July 21, 1955 in the Honolulu Record, Davis, a long-time communist operative, who served as a close mentor to Obama, champions the idea of taxpayer funding for universal health care.
The history her is carefully and methodically unpackaged by Paul Kengor, a professor of political science at Grove City College, in his upcoming book entitled: The Communist: Frank Marshall Davis, the Untold Story of Barack Obama's Mentor.
Kengor describes Davis as "a devoted communist" with "Pro Soviet, pro-Stalin and Pro-Mao" credentials. Kengor's book draws from declassified FBI documents and Soviet archives. Before arriving in Hawaii, Davis also wrote for the Chicago Star, a Communist Party publication. Fellow columnists included Sen. Claude Pepper of Florida, and Charles Kramer, a Soviet agent, who was also Pepper's chief of staff.
"In his wildest dreams, Justice John Roberts couldn't imagine that he has fulfilled the ambitions not only of Barack Obama, but of Frank Marshall Davis and Communist Party USA," Kengor laments, in a recent article.
Other thoughtful conservative commentators have argued that because Roberts ruled that the law did not hold up under the commerce clause he actually struck a blow for limited government over the long term. If Gov. Mitt Romney is elected president, that may yet turn out to be true.
But there's a long history of Republican presidents accommodating big government and of Republican nominees to high court betraying constitutional principles.
Right now, it looks to me like Frank Marshall Davis is the one who was forward looking and shrewd.