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“Words no longer have meaning.”

Working for the Democratic Party: The Supreme Court today upheld the Obama administration’s decision to award subsidies under Obamacare to individuals in states lacking a health exchange, even though the law expressly excludes such subsidies.

Justice Antonin Scalia summed up the situation quite nicely in his dissent:

“The court holds that when the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act says ‘Exchange established by the State’ it means ‘Exchange established by the State or the Federal Government,’ Scalia wrote. “That is of course quite absurd, and the court’s 21 pages of explanation make it no less so.”

He also complained that, “Words no longer have meaning if an Exchange that is not established by a State is ‘established by the State.’ … Under all the usual rules of interpretation, in short, the Government should lose this case. But normal rules of interpretation seem always to yield to the overriding principle of the present Court: The Affordable Care Act must be saved.”

Once again Chief Justice John Roberts voted with the liberal side, indicating again that he is willing to “evolve” to the left, as it seems so many Republican appointees have done in the past.

In the end, the ruling only leaves us where we were before, which means, to get rid of Obamacare, we as citizens are going to have to elect more legislators willing to repeal it, and then get it repealed. Doing that will also help heal the court, which today is very clearly willing to ignore the law to prop up the political positions of the Democratic Party.

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From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

 
Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

The vision that Zimmerman paints of vibrant human colonies on the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, and beyond, indomitably fighting the harsh lifeless environment of space to build new societies, captures perfectly the emerging space race we see today.

He also captures in Pioneer the heart of the human spirit, willing to push forward no matter the odds, no matter the cost. It is that spirit that will make the exploration of the heavens possible, forever, into the never-ending future.

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4 comments

  • Edward

    We now live in a country in which the laws are fluid.

    There was a time when a bad law could only be invalidated for being unconstitutional, but now the courts are able to modify laws on a whim in order to suit the court’s desires of the moment.

    It is now possible that even if we follow the letter and spirit of the law, a judge can rewrite that law to make us retroactively guilty, perhaps putting us in prison.

    Not only do words no longer have meaning, but nether do the laws, which we now know are easily changed on a court’s whim.

    How are we to live our lives without fear of unwittingly becoming criminals when the laws as written have become meaningless — that each law means whatever a judge deems it to mean at the time of his ruling? The phrase “law abiding citizen” becomes meaningless, because we do not know how the law will be (mis)interpreted.

    This is most definitely not our father’s Chevrolet.

    Welcome to Obama’s America; land of the formerly free.

  • PeterF

    The United States is great because it is good. It is good because our government is based on law, not on the whims of a dictator. Rome fell not because the vandals were strong but because Rome had become weak after its laws became frangible. Will the United States someday be conquered by Cuba?

    “Once again Chief Justice John Roberts voted with the liberal side”

    What “side” interprets a clearly worded sentence in a law to mean something that it doesn’t and was clearly explained by the authors of that law to mean the opposite of the court’s interpretation?

    Clearly the United Staes is currently being ruled by men, not law.

    I look forward to the day when these criminals are held accountable for their treasonous actions. But I’m not holding my breath.

  • Tom

    “When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.’

    ’The question is,’ said Alice, ‘whether you can make words mean so many different things.’

    ’The question is,’ said Humpty Dumpty, ‘which is to be master — that’s all.”

  • Edward

    And thus, the Supreme Court becomes the Humpty Dumpty Court. The Court has pushed the entire country through the looking glass, we have fallen far down the rabbit hole. Our leaders have left us lost in the woods with no clear path.

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