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Old 03-18-2019, 07:47 PM
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John Roberts and the course of the US

Recently, a biography of SCOTUS Chief Justice John Roberts was released - Joan Biskupic's The Chief: The Life and Turbulent Times of Chief Justice John Roberts. Although it sounds like a fabulous read, there is too much that is too distracting for me today to make me likely to pick it up.

Still, I've read a couple of its reviews and, in each, much emphasis is placed on his likely pivotal role over the next few years, one that may be unique in US history. He is not only the Chief, he is the deciding vote in a 4-4 court rent like seldom before, at a time in the nation's history that some are already terming a form of civil war.

A great deal can be made regarding how he 'saved Obamacare' and how his actions in the Affordable Care Act may signal that he is much more malleable in his beliefs than many of his critics would have had you believe.

Emphasis is also placed on his fealty to the Court as an institution ("There are no Obama judges or Trump judges, Bush judges or Clinton judges") and how will not sacrifice it and all that it stands for, especially for a pretender like Trump. Will he be the great saviour, the defender of the faith in law and of the Constitution?

Or will he, as Obama is quoted in the NYT review as saying at the time of Roberts' Senate confirmation vote, "(use) his formidable skills on behalf of the strong in opposition to the weak"?

Whatever you believe he'll do (or won't), his vote and influence will be major factors in determining the future of the US. I find it more than a bit ironic that one person, a judge, might wield such ungoverned power.

Last edited by KarlGauss; 03-18-2019 at 07:50 PM.