One can only hope that the threat Barack Obama made to the Supreme Court concerning their decision on Obamacare will stiffen the back of Justice Kennedy, so often the hinge upon which conservative hopes balance, leading him to vote with his intellect rather than his spine to strike down this ridiculous law.
A president, any president, who speaks about pending decisions is irresponsible. Any president who brings into question the authority of the Supreme Court by emphasizing their "unelected" status and presenting the overturning of legislation as "unprecedented" (though it is routine and in fact the only reason to take a case) and making the outrageous claim that such legislation was broadly supported in the legislature when it was barely passed and not supported by Republicans in the House at all, is a reckless liar.
This is the vulgarity of Barack Obama that I detest. It is the willingness of this president to drag everyone into the gutter, as was Bill Clinton's habit as well. I find no decency with such men. Their flaws, their mistakes become general and ascribed to all of us in a way as to drag us all down to their level. The media is all too willing to back them on it, to help them explain to the American people why they should not be held accountable for "human" errors. Bill Clinton had his perverse sexual lust and Barack Obama has his perverse power lust.
I believe that Barack Obama has learned that the tide is against him, that Obamacare could easily be ruled against and so he must step out there and get ahead of it. He had to pre-empt the decision by interjecting some vague threat that they should not undo a law passed by the legislature, that they need to think about what they would be doing as the "unelected."
This is the way Obama plays his hand, with muscle and threats. It is the Chicago Way. Let him bully those in black robes. The ruling, either way, will cause great upheaval. If it is found Constitutional now, I must say that it was done through backroom threats, the completion of the corruption of the government. No ruling in the future could be relied upon.
For all of its flaws and bad decisions, all of its misguided sense of creating a civil society at the base of many rulings, the idea that it can be intimidated by presidents, that no law backed by Obama can lose in the Supreme Court removes any chance for justice. It removes any pretense to anything other than some sort of Third World dictatorship.
I look upon this particular ruling as the signal to any and all that we are either slaves or free. Now, I don't mean to intimate that we are free if it goes my way and slave if it doesn't. The fact is, we are slaves now, but it is a sort of an informal slavery like when one goes to work for someone who eventually doesn't pay. Obamacare, if found Constitutional, is the sort of slavery where they tackled you, shackle you and beat you until you produce. The first, I might overlook and resolve to get paid first next time, but the other turns me into a righteous insurgent.
The very fact that Obama has inserted the implied threat that these are just people who are unelected and will have denied the free goods to his OWS army, smacks of a coercion to violence. Not unlike refusing to arrest the New Black Panthers for obvious voter intimidation, not unlike allowing Trumpka's offer to use union labor as an army against the Tea Party to go without comment, without denial, without an attempt to restrain them from it.
What we see in this president is a willingness to use volunteers to do the filthy work of a gangster. We see a man so obsessed with violence against opponents that he would not restrain it and act as an accomplice in his silence. Was it not Obama's suggestion that his opponents should be "hit twice as hard?" This seemly display should encourage his opponents, but they lay down one by one before him, fearful of his wrath.
It will be time in the near future, I think, that he should feel the wrath of the American people who tire of his boorish threats and thuggery from the Oval Office. With any justice at all they will, at the very least, remove him from his office and let him consider his future as a citizen among them next election day.