Michael Filozof for American Thinker presents some cold hard truths for conservatives in the wake of the ObamCare ruling:
1. Roberts [who gave the deciding opinion] is the latest in a long line of supposedly “conservative” Republican Supreme Court appointees to vastly expand government power. Earl Warren, Harry Blackmun, William Brennan, John Paul Stevens, Sandra O’Connor, and David Souter all advanced left-wing policies to make them part of mainstream constitutional law. . . .
Obviously, hitching conservative fortunes to Republican judicial appointees, and the Republican Party generally, has been a failure. . . .
2. The United Sates is not “becoming” socialist. It is already socialist. . . . The American public loves socialist programs like Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security, which consume some 40% of the annual budget.
How are conservatives going to convince large segments of the public to give up their socialism? Is it even possible to do so?
3. Even before the SCOTUS decision, wise legal analysts realized that even if the “individual mandate” were ruled unconstitutional, Medicare and Medicaid have already set precedents enabling the government to create a tax-funded single payer system if it wanted to. This is true. . . .
4. Conservatives have lost on almost all major issues — from abortion to socialized medicine to affirmative action to illegal immigration to gays in the military. Is it even possible to advance a conservative agenda any more in the United States as presently constituted?