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Roberts made non-political judgment

July 8, 2012
Tom Bower, Marshalltown , Times-Republican

Regardless of my opinion of Obamacare, I am heartened that Chief Justice John Roberts had the courage to make a non-political judgment. He is being criticized, and the forces to lynch him are gathering momentum. I predict that we will soon come to believe that he was, in fact, the only justice who did not get into lock-step with one or the other political ideology - conservative or liberal.

Who of our leaders today is courageous enough not to make lock-step ideological decisions? I see few if any among our elected, even appointed leaders. Could Roberts be the beginning of things changing? We all know that in our political system if we, as a democracy, are going to cope with our problems, we must change. We are obviously not coping - with Democrats and Republicans all acting according to their scripts.

Roberts logic was simple, but eloquent:

"Members of this Court are vested with authority to interpret the law; we possess neither the expertise nor the prerogative to make policy judgments. Those decisions are entrusted to our nation's elected leaders, who can be thrown out of office if the people disagree with them. It is not our job to protect the people from the consequences of their political choices."

 
 

 

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