- - Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The U.S. Supreme Court, particularly Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., went to extraordinary lengths to find a way to uphold Obamacare as a tax, despite the oft-cited claims by the administration that the penalties were not a tax. Where is Chief Justice Roberts and his far-left associate justice cohorts now, when the very foundations of our constitutional government and the nation are being shaken to the core by doctrine foreign to the governance of this country?

The most germane points in selling Obamacare to the public have now been proven to be lies. Why can’t the Supreme Court, without anyone filing a federal lawsuit that will take years to get through the federal judiciary, simply reclaim jurisdiction over the entire issue of the law? The entire law was predicated on lies and deceit that are doing real harm to the citizenry and our Constitution. Why can’t the Supreme Court reinsert itself into the issue based on equal-protection principles, since Mr. Obama has used executive orders to effectively change the law to give supporters an exemption? The claim that the court does not have constitutional authority is untrue, and it becomes part and parcel of the destruction of our representative republic.

The federal courts have seized jurisdiction for other issues, such as busing, when they’ve viewed themselves as the final arbiters of vital constitutional issues confronting the nation. It may be time for the folks to demand a new constitutional amendment stripping the federal judiciary of lifetime appointments — especially when federal judges absolve themselves of any responsibility for the chaos they helped create.

Mr. Chief Justice, you broke the health care system, so you now own it. Don’t hide behind the stone facade of the Supreme Court, pretending you know nothing and are helpless to intervene.

ALAN J. QUARTARARO
Virginia Beach