A Silly Response to the SCOTUS Ruling. No Exaggeration

There have been a number of what can only be described as ridiculous over-reactions to yesterday’s ruling by partisan commentators.  Here’s a tweet from Ben Shapiro:

This is the greatest destruction of individual liberty since Dred Scott. This is the end of America as we know it. No exaggeration.

Yup, no hyperbole there.  This is just like a declaration that blacks cannot be citizens.  We are all clearly doomed.

*sigh*

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Steven L. Taylor is a Professor of Political Science and a College of Arts and Sciences Dean. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. His most recent book is the co-authored A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging since 2003 (originally at the now defunct Poliblog). Follow Steven on Twitter

Comments

  1. mattb says:

    That one is pretty good. But it’s still hard to beat the many folks who (apparently) unironically tweeted about moving to Canada to escape Obamacare and socialized medicine.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/jun/29/obamacare-moving-canada-twitter?newsfeed=true

  2. gVOR08 says:

    On a serious note, Steven, you do realize this is the big problem with conservatives. They believe their own BS.

  3. A friend on my wife’s FB feed posted about how the ruling is tantamount to communism and that she may have to start thinking about moving.

    Of course, there is no other developed country on earth with a less “socialist” health care system than the US and almost all of them collect more in taxes as a percentage of GDP than does the US. People simply don’t know what they are talking about.

  4. mantis says:

    Of course, there is no other developed country on earth with a less “socialist” health care system than the US and almost all of them collect more in taxes as a percentage of GDP than does the US.

    They can all move to Somalia. No communism there.

    Other ridiculous responses include Michael Savage and Bryan Fisher claiming that epilepsy medication made John Roberts crazy, and that’s why he voted the way he did.

    Class acts, those guys.

  5. Vast Variety says:

    If you think that’s bad look at this T-Shirt Gleen Beck is selling… for a mere $30.00

    http://glennbeck.shop.musictoday.com/Product.aspx?cp=29940&pc=BXCT094

  6. al-Ameda says:

    @mattb:

    That one is pretty good. But it’s still hard to beat the many folks who (apparently) unironically tweeted about moving to Canada to escape Obamacare and socialized medicine.

    This really begs the question: “Why would the people of Canada allow those freeloading parasites into their country?”

  7. Scott O. says:

    Short video of Rep. Jean Schmidt reacting to the initial incorrect report that the mandate had been declared unconstitutional.

  8. B. Objective says:

    I would gladly trade a crony capitalist health care system for a socialized medicine format, for the latter is honest in respect to what it is and is not. The former is criminal. However, I wish we would have neither.

  9. B. Objective says:

    @Scott O.:
    Apparently a mandate is unconstitutional, but a tax is not. Even government uses tax loop-holes 🙂

  10. Clanton says:

    While we are talking about some crazy things, let us pause and remember an important event that took place 40 years ago! No, not that Watergate junk. The premiere of one of the greatest action movies ever: “Deliverance”. A movie that jump started the careers of 5 actors: Reynolds, Beatty, Cox, Voight, and McKinney (who passed away last winter). It also really started the white water industry that took off like crazy, bringing in millions of dollars to the Clayton, GA area, and spreading across the US. Sears Co. made millions selling those aluminum canoes! For years after, we would constantly see canoes strapped to the tops of jeeps, trucks, cars, even VW Beetles! This is still one of the greatest mixture of action, suspense, acting, directing, and writing. I plan to watch it on tv soon: one of countless times! Every I see it, I find something new!

  11. Scott O. says:

    @B. Objective: Sorry, I thought the big news yesterday was that the supreme court didn’t invalidate the mandate. Silly me, listening to the main stream media again.

  12. mantis says:

    @B. Objective:

    Apparently a mandate is unconstitutional, but a tax is not.

    Go back to sleep, dufus.

  13. mantis says:

    Oh, I see that for those who don’t think epilepsy medication derangement caused Roberts to BETRAY AMERICA AND FREEDOM FOREVER!!!11, a new theory has emerged that Obama threatened Roberts’ family to force him to decide the case that way.

    No, I’m not kidding. Click the link at your own risk.

  14. B. Objective says:

    @Scott O.: Apparently you are having a problem with definitions. A Mandate implies that you would be forced, or coerced to buy something. In this case “Health insurance”. Make no mistake, Health Insurance is not a mandate as I am not now coerced into buying something I do not want. No government institution can do such as thing, except through, wait for it… a tax (or as others are labeling it a fee). The fee is then used to provide compensation for your health care (if needed). The catch being, you do not have to pay the fee, or tax. If you do not, no IRS agent will come to your house or garner your wages, unlike what happens if you don’t pay your Federal Income tax. This means you are not mandated by any means to purchase anything. Unless you didn’t read the majority decision, you would know that to define it as a mandate under the commerce clause didn’t fly with the SCOTUS, but rather it got through on a technicality , so to speak. A tax.

    Yes, everyone can be insured but it is a tax/fee not a mandate. The outcome is the same thanks to some slick authors of this legislation but to label it a mandate would be incorrect. Even President Obama has said as much.

  15. S.Swan says:

    @B. Objective: I am not in favor of this law. And would argue its lack of morality till blue in the face. But what you just said is nonsense. I am sure you will get blasted on this page and your argument thoroughly destroyed so I wont throw my input out there.

    I simply wanted to post this in reply:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9kpTvm6CYA

  16. Doubter4444 says:

    @B. Objective:
    That’s pretty darn quick adoption of the talking points there, guy.
    Points for trolling, I guess.

  17. bk says:

    My favorite so far is a comment on one of those crazy blogs (wish I could be more specific, but they run together) about Roberts, to the effect of “Well, after this decision he’s going to be primaried for sure.”

  18. Tsar Nicholas says:

    Lowest common denominator principle.

  19. J-Dub says:

    Romney will change the tax to a fee. Problem solved.

    As for Deliverence, does the GOP play the Ned Beatty part in the SCOTUS ruling? Do elephants squeal?