Justice Roberts is not a hero


To the Editor:

Recently Chief Justice John Roberts was praised as a hero by R.E.L. Knight of West Tisbury in a Letter to the Editor for his voting in the health care decision before the Supreme Court of the United States. For the record, a hero is someone who, in the face of danger and adversity or from a position of weakness, displays courage and the will for self sacrifice.

Since the members of the Supreme Court as well as the executive office of the president and the other two branches of the federal government, House and Senate, have been exempted from this wonderful bill, no self sacrifice is required, so hero status is not applicable. Nancy Pelosi in the House of Representatives and her comrade Harry Reed in the US Senate (using deception and subterfuge, the principal means by which all progressive bills are passed), urged passing this 2,000 page bill, without reading or reflecting on its contents.

The hyperbolic, anecdotal sob stories combined with the sixth grade logic of the “liberal progressives” is moving this disaster waiting to happen forward. If fully enacted, there will be more than 10 million more people on this “insurance,” but no new doctors. How is this going to improve the standard of medical care? No one is denied medical care in the U.S., so this is really a move to make our system look more like the medical circus in Europe (and other regions in decline) which serves as the model.

Thousands of new IRS agents are being hired to make it “work” and 13,000 pages of tax regulation and penalties will be added to further improve health care. In the interest of transparency, let’s be honest, this is really an effort to destroy the most successful medical system in the world and bring about socialized medicine. Yet another misdirected initiative by the current administration. While pointing to the “headwinds” presented by the financial storms battering Europe for the continuing economic turbulence in the U.S., this administration wants to bring the exact same “climate” to the U.S. to further exacerbate and amplify our economic woes, that are really connected to their misguided economic policies. It is clear they do not understand even the most basic principles of the U.S. economic system.

I think Winston Churchill summed it up best when he said, “Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy. Its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.”

When Chief Justice John Roberts was considering which side to join in the health care decision, he certainly recognized that he confronted a choice. But the choice is misrepresented in the Knight letter. It would appear Judge Roberts was more concerned about reprisals from his left-wing colleagues. I think we really need “climate” change, especially at the level of the federal government.

Joseph J. Passafiume