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The Chief Justice and the Healthcare Ruling

I really don’t want to focus on whether or not I think Obama‘s Healthcare bill is a good thing, I do btw, what I want to focus on is the Chief Justice Robert’s statement: “Because the Constitution permits such a tax, it is not our role to forbid it, or to pass upon its wisdom or fairness.”  I read this statement to say, it’s not a justice’s job to give an opinion on something being right or wrong, good or bad, just Constitutional, or Unconstitutional.   I love when Republican Justices, who promised not to be “Judaical Activists” aren’t, and they stick to a strict constructionist view, in their own opinion because as we all know nobody can believe that the constitution could stat exactly the same as it was originally written, and these Justices have to give opinion of the intention of the law.  Do I think that Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, or James Madison would have been for this law, I don’t know, times were vastly different then, the idea of a welfare state hadn’t reached America, although these men knew the trouble that starving people were causing in France.  I am not a judge, nor do I pretend to be.  It is nice to know that the Chief Justice is standing by his word and not being a Judicial Activist.

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