The poison pens and Tea Party vitriol are out in force to vilify Chief Justice Roberts for upholding the health care law. Perhaps instead, we ought to be acclaiming him a unique American hero who chose to make an objective opinion despite the pressure from his conservative brethren.
In an era of radically partisan politics, when compromise and conscience are words that have been eradicated from the political dictionary, it takes courage to break with the party line. Chief Justice Roberts is far from a closet liberal. Whether he was right or wrong, apparently he is a man of conscience who is capable of delivering an opinion based on an ethical approach to the law. Had any of the four liberal members of the Supreme Court voted Obamacare as unconstitutional, it would have displayed the same sort of courage.
No doubt Roberts’ future opinions on the Supreme Court will do something to appease the right, but one hopes history will give him high marks for rendering a decision as an unbiased interpreter of the law. It’s a tragedy that members on both sides of the aisle in Congress won’t follow his example.