Bill O'Reilly: Should Conservatives Despise Chief Justice John Roberts?
Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts is facing political fallout from Republicans after he upheld the president's health care law. Tonight on the ‘Talking Points Memo,’ host Bill O’Reilly said that Justice Roberts’ ruling regarding the legality of health care is actually a conservative decision because “Judicial activism means judges make laws from the bench and right-leaning Americans hate that.
O’Reilly assessed, “Roberts did not want to overturn a law that had been passed by Congress and he searched for a way not to strike ObamaCare down.” Originally, sources say that Roberts had sided with the other conservative justices on the bench and wanted to strike down the mandate. O’Reilly continued, “The chief justice changed his mind when presented with the taxation option, something the Obama administration didn’t
even emphasize in presentation before the Supreme Court.”
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He explained that by fining Americans who do not have health care, the federal government is in essence “using taxes as a weapon” to punish those people. O’Reilly noted that this has been done before with the tax on tobacco. He was quick to point there is one big difference in that, “Nobody can force us to by tobacco products. The government is forcing us to buy health insurance.”
“It’s hard to believe that Justice Roberts does not understand the enormous power he has delivered to the federal government,” said O’Reilly. “According to his reasoning the feds can now use the IRS to hurt any American who does not do what the feds think they should do. How is that different from a totalitarian government using agencies of force to control behavior?”
O’Reilly defended, “Before the left-wing loons become hysterical, Talking Points is not comparing the ObamaCare decision to Communist oppression.” He compared the likeness of the health care law to the tax on tea that triggered the Boston Tea Party, saying, “We either buy that mandated health insurance or we get punished. We either pay that tax on tea or we forego the beverage. Punitive taxation has never been acceptable to most Americans unless it directly discourages a catastrophe like lung cancer.”
So how should conservatives feel about Justice Roberts? O’Reilly said he should not be vilified because though the chief justice made a mistake by giving the federal government too much power, he did so to avoid judicial activism. He advised, “Instead of name calling, the right must put for something better than ObamaCare so that Congress will repeal it. So far the GOP is not off to a good start.”
O’Reilly concluded, “In a just society the feds could set up a health care system that would be optional and provide incentives for the taxpayer to join. But now thanks to John Roberts we have a brave new world in America, one where the feds have a powerful new weapon courtesy of the Supreme Court, a tax bomb and like other bombs throughout history this one could very well grow more powerful and more destructive.”