‘King v Burwell’ Marks the Official End of the American Republic

As he exited the Constitutional Convention, Benjamin Franklin was supposed to have told a bystander that the founders had given us a Republic, “if we could keep it.” Well this week’s latest Obamacare decision by the U.S. Supreme Court proves that we ultimately couldn’t keep it, Mr. Franklin. America is now a dead letter.

Of course, what Franklin’s possibly apocryphal reply meant was that we only had a United States system if informed citizens kept the government’s feet to the republican fires. We could only keep the system the founders gave us if we made sure the government stayed true to the system as handed down to us.

That system was one of a constitutional republic built on a rule of law, built on generations of tradition as evinced in the Common Law, and laid out with a system that had set parameters that were expected to remain virtually unchanged (though not unchangeable).

That system has been slowly eroded by parties and presidents who have had no fealty to our American way of life. Destroyers such as the Democrat Party, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Roosevelt, and the mewling fellow travelers of the GOP who have quietly supported the destruction, all have taken their toll on our republic. But it wasn’t until the advent of our most anti-American president yet in Barack Hussein Obama that the nation finally died a death not from revolution, but from neglect.

Thoday’s action by the opportunist Chief Justice John Roberts has thrown the last spade full of dirt over the grave of the American Republic.

Claiming that Obamacare was “poorly written,” John Roberts took it upon himself to rewrite the law from the bench divining with some magical socialist loadstone what he thought the lawmakers who wrote it really meant.

Roberts has done this sort of rewriting of law from the bench several times, now, since George W. Bush so foolishly elevated him to the highest court in the land.

What we learn from this new court is that “the law” means nothing as written. It can be interpreted, re-interpreted, written, written over, and reconfigured at any time after passage. There doesn’t need to be any of that messy “voting” business, no consultations with we the people. Just decisions made on the fly whenever a change in something is desired by the latest tyrant in the White House.

This means that the United States of America is no longer a nation that operates under the rule of law. The USA is now a place ruled by the capricious “feeling” of the present, a fleeting tyranny that makes no law reliable as a guide. It means that anyone who is perceived with enough power to force a change to law can do so without as much as a by your leave to the American people.

There is no longer any point to the United States but to “get” what you can while you can. The USA is now in a state of nature. You’d best understand that going forward.

It is officially kill or be killed in the USA today. The USA is dead. Long may she be fondly remembered as the once leading light of the world.

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  • karl_lembke

    In Robert Heinlein’s book “The Star Beast”, character Betty Sorenson declares “The law is whatever you can convince a court it is.”

    I propose the legal maneuvering the Supreme Court used to keep Obamacare alive be named “The Sorenson Doctrine”.

  • LiberalNightmare

    Seems like the law only matters to the folks who are using it against us.

  • Walter_Cronanty

    As a retired lawyer, it made me sad through the years as “law” not-so-slowly morphed from a profession with some business attributes into a business with little professional attributes.
    Now, I’m just pissed.
    The Supreme Court has changed the business of the “law” to one of soothsaying. Its private conferences to decide the constitutionality of legislation are now séances where the language of the law is ignored, while the intention of Congress is attempted to be divined when no Congressman had read the legislation when he/she voted on it. The saying on the front of Court should be changed from “Equal Justice Under The Law” to “Psychic Readings* Here.”
    *And piss poor psychic readings they are when one looks at the statements of Jonathan Gruber, the architect of the law and one person who had actually read it before it was adopted.

    • iwogisdead

      As a retired lawyer myself, I agree. Well said. I will add that Roberts’ actions in both Obumblecare cases, coming up with sua sponte arguments to interpret legislative language however he wants (apparently to uphold the Act no matter what, for whatever reason), is very troubling. The rules of statutory construction that I learned in law school, back in the Stone Age, have now been thrown out the window. One more thing: Sotomayor and Kagan might be the least qualified justices ever appointed to the Supreme Court.

  • iwogisdead

    Does this decision mean that I’m finally gonna get the $2500 per year reduction in my health insurance premiums that President Obumble promised me? How about the reductions that didn’t happen since Obumblecare was passed? Should I expect a check in the mail?

    • Walter_Cronanty

      Since rationing is coming, they’re hoping you will hold your breath until you get your check.

    • Just go get your healthcare at the point of a gun. That’s how government is going to work from now on. No pretense of “law” exists any longer.

  • LiberalNightmare

    I have two questions –
    Who did Roberts blow? and how did Obama get the pictures?

    • Vagabond661

      Justice Kennedy

  • Rick Adams

  • Commander_Chico

    The Republic died after 9/11 when the 4th 5th and 6th amendments were suspended.

    • Retired military

      And Cheeko goes with Option B.
      Obama is bad but xxxx was worse.

  • Ken in Camarillo

    Justice Roberts has such an exquisite legal mind that no one including Roberts can know what the law is until after Roberts publishes the decision.

  • Hank_M

    So we’re to the point where our legislators pass bills/laws they haven’t read, and when these laws are finally read, they get to mean anything based on their intent?

    This is not going to end well.

  • Vagabond661

    You say you want a revolution? – Beatles