Three things happened this morning that simply set my day off in a uncontrolled tailspin:

  • 1. My Doctor took me off my blood pressure medication, which should have been a good thing, but he said that he did it because that particular medication had been found to have terrible effects on people with diabetes.
  • 2. I found out that I am diabetic.
  • 3. The Republic died.

The good news are that my diabetes appears to be well under control without the need for medication, and that at least I’ll save myself a few bucks a month, since the replacement medication does have a generic option.

The bad news…

Constitutional as a tax?

What the Hell sort of a non-decision decision was that?

What was Roberts thinking?

My day was ruined. My wife wanted to discuss my health, and all I could think about was this horrendous decision, and what the future held for our kids and the nation, so now she’s mad at me, I’m mad at the world, and my blood pressure is going through the roof.

She wants to discuss my blood pressure, and the medicine’s effect of my diabetes?

Let’s talk about Robert’s decision and my blood pressure!

What was Roberts thinking?

I know that I had decided to be Zen this election, and I REALLY want to maintain that, but the kind of morning that I had today would probably break even a Shaolin monk’s concentration.

So I retreated into my self, and I looked for the light, like a blind man looking for…

A blind man?

A blind Shaolin monk?

That rings a bell.

It was the best of 1970’s TV.

I was a fan of Kwai Chang Caine “back in the day”, but Caine wasn’t my favorite character in Kung Fu.

My favorite was Master Po.

So I had to ask myself, what would Po say to me at a time like this?

I dug deeper into my self (and the Internet) in an attempt to contact my inner Master Po.

Then I found it:

Master Po (after easily defeating a young Kwai Chang Caine): Ha, ha, never assume because a man has no eyes he cannot see. Close your eyes. What do you hear?
Young Caine: I hear the water, I hear the birds.
Master Po: Do you hear your own heartbeat?
Young Caine: No.
Master Po: Do you hear the grasshopper that is at your feet?
Young Caine: Old man, how is it that you hear these things?
Master Po: Young man, how is it that you do not?

Am I not hearing something?

Is there something that I haven’t seen?

What am I missing?

What is it that I am not hearing Master Po?

So I started to read and one sentence in Robert’s puzzling opinion caught my eye…it sounds almost angry:

Members of this Court are vested with the 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.

And suddenly, I heard the grasshopper.

Obamacare is the law of the land today not because Chief Justice Roberts turned into a raging liberal overnight, we have it because we have spent decades populating the Federal government with raging liberals.

If anything, Chief Justice Roberts is so much an originalist and a Conservative, that he was the only one willing to stand up and say “HEY! This isn’t my problem to fix, this is YOUR problem, and if you elect a bunch of politicians who enact into law the placement of a meter on the toilets in your home, so that they can tax you every time you move your bowels, well then you need to understand that you OWN THAT because you elected those morons, and if you don’t want to pay a shit tax, then you need to run the idiots out of DC on the next election!”

I am Zen.

Roberts then goes about placing limits on Congress’ heretofore limitless ability to pass any law under the guise of regulating commerce as per the Commerce Clause:

“Allowing Congress to justify federal regulation by pointing to the effect of inaction on commerce would bring countless decisions an individual could potentially make within the scope of federal regulation, and—under the Government’s theory—empower Congress to make those decisions for him. […] Construing the Commerce Clause to permit Congress to regulate individuals precisely because they are doing nothing would open a new and potentially vast domain to congressional authority.

And suddenly, we have a defining limit on the Commerce Clause.

I am Zen.

Then, there is this:

“People, for reasons of their own, often fail to do things that would be good for them or good for society. Those failures—joined with the similar failures of others—can readily have a substantial effect on interstate commerce. Under the Government’s logic, that authorizes Congress to use its commerce power to compel citizens to act as the Government would have them act. […] The Government’s theory would erode those limits [on the Commerce Clause], permitting Congress to reach beyond the natural extent of its authority, ‘everywhere extending the sphere of its activity and drawing all power into its impetuous vortex.’ The Federalist No. 48, at 309 9 (J. Madison). Congress already enjoys vast power to regulate much of what we do. Accepting the Government’s theory would give Congress the same license to regulate what we do not do, fundamentally changing the relation between the citizen and the Federal Government.

I am Zen.

Yesterday, Obama’s campaign plan included running against a Court that overturned his signature legislation, another manifestation of that 1% that doesn’t care about the little people. Today, he can’t do that. Today, Obama has to run against the fact that he signed into law the largest tax increase on the middle class in the history of the nation, after promising that he would not raise taxes.

I am Zen.

Yesterday, Obama expected that Obamacare being gutted or overturned would fire up his base. Today, the clear understanding that the only way out of this mess is to throw Obama and his band of kleptocrats out of office is the ONLY possible way out of this mess, has provided the needed catalyst to galvanize the opposition around one clear mission.

I am Zen.

Yesterday, I thought, as so many of us thought, that the solution to our problems were to be found in the Halls of American Justice. Today, Chief Roberts kicked us all in our collective #$&^%#, and told us that it was time to man up, be Americans, and assume our rightful place in the system of self-governance and throw Congress out of office.

Master Po: What do you hear?
Caine: I hear the grasshopper.

I am Zen.

Even a blind man can see Obama’s not good for the nation.