We Conservatives keep playing by “nice guy” rules and still get screwed. We all recognize how John McCain blew it in 2008 by refusing to criticize Obama for:
- His 20-year history of close ties with people who hate America and say so.
- His official position is that he had no idea what his close friend Reverend Wright was like.
- How he was raised from the ages of 6 to 10 in Jakarta, Indonesia, and as a result does not have the deep understanding of America and love for it that an American President needs to have if he is to take every possible action for the good of this country and its citizens.
- His claims to have no Muslim background, despite having a Muslim father, a Muslim middle name, and being able torecite the first prayer in the Koran from memory, in Arabic.
- Video in which Obama says “We are no longer a Christian nation – at least not just….”
- His opposition to things necessary for a strong economy, like drilling.
- His irrational desire to nearly double the capital gains tax, which would result in lowering tax revenue to the U.S. government, not in raising it.
McCain refused to do serious criticism of Obama and as a result lost the election.
We Conservatives thought we had learned the lesson of that. But the Supreme Court decision on Obamacare proves that as a group we haven’t learned a thing.
All through the months SCOTUS was considering its Obamacare ruling, Obama himself and many surrogates were in the media playing Chicago politics with the Supreme Court: using threats to intimidate the supreme judges of our nation.
- April: Obama warns ‘unelected’ Supreme Court against striking down health law
- May: Obama Warns Supremes: Don’t Overturn Healthcare Reform
- May: Senator Leahy Threatens Justice Roberts In Advance of the Obamacare Decision
We Conservatives responded only by attempting a rap on the knuckles those on the left seeking to threaten, intimidate, and thereby coerce the highest court in the land:
- Mitch McConnell Warns Obama To ‘Back Off’ Supreme Court Justices
- Obama Risks Backlash by Warning Top Court
- Republicans slam Obama over warning to ‘unelected’ Supreme Court
That was our tepid response to threats issued against SCOTUS. It was as if a robber were holding up a man at gun-point in the street, and Conservatives responded by publishing opinions to the effect that the robber wasn’t behaving very well.
Meanwhile, there is grave reason to believe, that all Judge Roberts was seeing was the threats – given the confused opinion that he wrote.
We Conservatives thought that SCOTUS was above intimidation – that they would see these threats as an anti-Constitional attempt by other branches of government to sway the judicial branch. We all thought the threats would be serve as a clear warning to SCOTUS that the Executive branch of government was seeking an unconstitutional expansion of its power, that SCOTUS’ own power and significance as a co-equal branch of government was under attack, and that SCOTUS would as a result be even more careful to rule in reasonable, thoughtful, logical and righteous manner.
We were wrong. We needed to be out there issuing our own warnings to the Court. The things we are saying now, after the ruling is a done deal, needed to be said as warnings before the Court ruled:
- A Decision in Favor of Obamacare would Undermine the Republic
- A Decision in Favor of Obamacare by an “Unelected” Supreme Court would Give the Court the Power to Invalidate Law
- A Decision in Favor of Obamacare would Make the Court the Ultimate Death Panel
We let the SCOTUS decision on Obamacare be a replay of the failed approach McCain used against Obama in 2008.
With regard to SCOTUS, and with regard to the November elections, we must not make the same mistake again.