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Sandra Day O’Connor: Back Off Criticism Of Justice Roberts

Sandra Day O'Connor: Back Off Criticism of Justice Roberts

Sandra Day O’Connor has a message to critics of Chief Justice John Roberts and his decision to uphold the health care reform act–back off.

The former Supreme Court Justice met before a Senate panel this week, calling criticism of Roberts’ decision “unfortunate.” Sandra Day O’Connor, who appears on CBS’s Face the Nation this Sunday, took the opportunity to stand up to conservatives’ criticism of John Roberts, the Christian Science Monitor reported.

The 82-year-old Justice said of the criticism: “It’s unfortunate because I think comments like that demonstrate only too well a lack of understanding some of our citizens have about the role of the judicial branch.” Sandra Day O’Connor went on to emphasize to the Senate Panel that federal judges owe their only allegiance to the Constitution, the Associated Press reported.

But just as she called out those against Roberts, Sandra Day O’Connor also took aim at the president as well. She said Pres. Obama’s decision to criticize justices during his 2010 State of the Union address were “unusual,” the Christian Science Monitor reported. Obama warned the Supreme Court that any action to strike down the health-care reform act would be unnecessary judicial activism.

“If there is a pending decision at the Supreme Court and the president were to express views along those lines … it would be unusual,” Justice O’Connor said.

Her appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee was ostensibly to discuss her nationwide project, iCivics, which promotes greater understanding of how the U.S. government and courts work among students. But Sandra Day O’Connor ended up being sucked in to the debate over the court case upholding “ObamaCare.”

Responding to a comment from committee chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) about how “a member of the court was labeled a traitor,” O’Connor replied:

“It is unfortunate because comments like that demonstrate a lack of understanding about the role of the judicial branch.”

Senators also tried to push Sandra Day O’Connor on possibly televising Supreme Court proceedings, but she didn’t take the bait.

“Would you like me to speak on it?” O’Connor answered Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa).

“Only if you speak in favor of it,” Grassley replied.

“Then I’ll keep my mouth shut,” Sandra Day O’Connor replied with a laugh.

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251 Responses to “Sandra Day O’Connor: Back Off Criticism Of Justice Roberts”

  1. Paul Christensen

    Nope will not do it. He was to vote for the way of the Constitution which he clearly did not do. Backing off is exactly why America is losing.

  2. Shane Hudson

    When you change the wording of a law that actual changes the context of the meaning of the law just to pass the law seems like activism to me.

  3. Tom Dodge

    Some of us hicks still have modesty enough to restrict our criticism of Supreme Court justices to terms like "Your dirty bum!" rather than disputing their understanding of the law.

  4. Bob Harris

    Heres a message to SDO'C.

    Get bent…..I'll say ANYTHING I LIKE, beyotch!

    And there is not a DAMN thing you can do about it, hag!

  5. Kristopher Kachline

    Check your grammar, author. "Obama’s decision to criticize justices during his 2010 State of the Union address WERE 'unusual,'… " (emphasis added) I despise grammatical errors, especially when they are made by people who are paid to write.

  6. David Charles Weaver

    Some Justices do not just decide things based on partisan politics, this is nothing new, the Warren and Burger courts did not do what people expected.

  7. Don Mc Kee

    I think I just read another story about this From Judge Scalia, I thinks it time for both of them to get off the Bench.

  8. Dale Wamsley

    Criticism of the Supreme Court, even by members of the other two branches, is what our democracy is about. The separation of powers almost invites it. How is it different from members of congress demonizing those in the executive branch. Agree or disagree with the decision, criticism is part of our system.

  9. Anonymous

    her insurance is paid for by us.she could care less , actually she's laughing her ass off at us.

  10. Delilah H Scott

    My comment is that it would not have gone to the Supreme Court if the HR & Senate could have agreed on SOMETHING. But instead it went to the Supreme Court and now Congress is crying about their decision, calling Justice Robers a traitor. That is just plain ignorant. Because no one can make a decision and one was made for them, now the Justice is a traitor? Give me a break! I am not necessarily pro or anti Obamacare. I am just tired of people giving Justice Roberts a bad time about it.

  11. James Searcy

    Ah yeah – Sandra Day O'Connor – our first female Supreme Court Justice and from what I can remember that during the Presidential Elections in 2000, she was the leading Justice that ushered the appointment of George W. Bush to the presidency.

  12. Anonymous

    She made a huge mistake. When appointed to the supreme court it is life time commitment — death or until you are no longer able to do your job. She didn't take that seriously and made the mistake of retiring when Bush was in office. Now we are stuck with a majority of conservative justices.

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  14. Robert Nietfeldt

    Sometimes I feel that these Supreme Court justices think that they sit at the right hand of GOD. Time for them to get off their "high horse" and come down to earth like my Dad use to tell me to do!

  15. Laura Ortiz Beltramini

    Are you a judge or do you hold a JD and practice law? Have you written laws and are you a Constitutional law expert?

  16. Laura Ortiz Beltramini

    Are you a judge or do you hold a JD and practice law? Have you written laws and are you a Constitutional law expert?

  17. Terri A. Thiel

    Hey Sandy, just because you were a Judge and he is one does not mean people have to LOVE you and your opinions.If it were up to me Judges would be gone from the bench after 4 years! Not until YOU DIE on the bench for goodness sake….SHUT YOUR PIEHOLE….

  18. Terri A. Thiel

    Hey Sandy, just because you were a Judge and he is one does not mean people have to LOVE you and your opinions.If it were up to me Judges would be gone from the bench after 4 years! Not until YOU DIE on the bench for goodness sake….SHUT YOUR PIEHOLE….

  19. Paul V Sutera

    Can you name one first world country without Universal Healthcare? They did find one – the Bahamas. Even Peru and other 3rd world nations have it. Cuba has it. Japan, Canada, Australia, UK, Germany, Iceland, Sweden, Netherlands. Sorry but many of these nations have a smaller debt/GDP ratio than the USA.

  20. Paul V Sutera

    Can you name one first world country without Universal Healthcare? They did find one – the Bahamas. Even Peru and other 3rd world nations have it. Cuba has it. Japan, Canada, Australia, UK, Germany, Iceland, Sweden, Netherlands. Sorry but many of these nations have a smaller debt/GDP ratio than the USA.

  21. Brian Bridgman

    I believe her husband had alzheimers at that time. There is a window when a alzheimer's patient can still remember things.

  22. Michelle Maisetti Carson

    The people would not be so critical of John Roberts decision to uphold the health care law, if the people wanted the health care law. More than 70% of Americans oppose this law. It was shoved down our throats. And the supreme court upheld it. We were looking to the court to get us out of it. So, yes. We are very critical of those who continue to rule against the will of the people.

  23. Anonymous

    Sandra – It is NOT a lack of understanding about the role of the judicial branch! Stop treating us like a bunch of idiots that simply don't comprehend how smart you central planning elites are! The judicial branch exists to protect the rule of law in America, not usurp it. Marbury v. Madison should be overturned!

  24. Anonymous

    Roberts had his say, Sandra is now having her say. That's only two people. We the American citizenry are having our say. So, is that embarrassing Sandra Day O'Connor?

  25. Anonymous

    Not so fun watching people from your side of the aisle throwing stones when they're throwing them at one of your own, is it, Sandra?

  26. Anonymous

    The ego and lack of understanding demonstrated by your comment is beyond belief. You DO understand that the arbiter of constitutionality in this country is the SCOTUS, not Rush or Glenn, right?

  27. Anonymous

    You clearly understand nothing about Roberts' decision. He didn't "rewrite" anything…he simply decided the bill as written is constitutional because the penalty for not buying insurance is merely a tax. Not only didn't he "rewrite" anything, he didn't have the ability to do so….the SCOTUS only decides whether to set aside a law as unconstitutional or uphold it AS WRITTEN.

  28. Anonymous

    Criticism is one thing, death threats, continual hammering and relentless name-calling are entirely another. Sandra's just finally getting a sample of what it feels like when the tea partiers decide they don't like you.

  29. Anonymous

    Um…no. The bill was passed through both houses, and stood as law. Only then was it challenged in the SCOTUS. You need to learn how the system works.

  30. Anonymous

    Um…she was a conservative Justice as well. She was appointed by Reagan and was replaced by GWB with Alito.

  31. Anonymous

    Get up to speed, tea partier. The ACA is now supported by a majority of Americans, as they become more familiar with what it actually achieves. Glenn and Rush's foam-mouthing is wearing off.

  32. Anonymous

    Time to check yourself into an anger management class, Terri.

  33. Anonymous

    Time to check yourself into an anger management class, Terri.

  34. Paul Fogel

    The constitution is a negotiated document that has been added to as society changed. States' rights was negotiated in order to preserve slavery, as there was an abolitionist sentiment abroad at the time. Folks act like the document is written in stone like the Ten Commandments, but that is a fiction. Recent decisions affect our society in ways we will come to regret and the President's comments were right on point and needed. The Court is politicized beyond anything in the past. The "Ivory Tower" mentality has its place, but reality should intrude once in a while.

  35. Dawayne Novak

    Paul, thats because they are taxed to death—we had medical professional exchange individuals stay with us back in the late 80's, while they worked in our medical fields for training. and they all complained about the excessive taxes they paid. at that time Norway was paying 68% of income back to the government. Today it is probably more. However, they did have so-called free health care that they could access if you were "lucky". they were put on waiting lists for routine procedures and if it was an emergency , tough luck, especially if you were elderly. Many did not make it. Buying fresh meat like beef was not affordable, you live in very small houses(Finland) and Terri was just amazed at our humble house and couldnt believe how only 3 people lived here. If you smoked, and back then most people did, you could not afford to buy store bought smokes (they rolled their own) and from what they told us, most aspects of their lives were that way. And all this info straight from real , live citzens of Norway, Sweden, Uraguay etc. So—say what you will about government run health care—in a year or so , we shall all see. I suspect the so-called "affordable" health care law is going to turn out to be anything but affordable, and very expensive for most people with the majority of doctors and clinics refusing medicare patients becasue of limits that the government is going to place on what they can charge for medicare patients.(how else are you going make medicare work when you cut huge amounts of money from the progam and add some 30 million to it??)

  36. Tim Baughman

    lack of understanding some of our citizens have about the role of the judicial branch.

    Oh really. I think this is the problem we have we those in government. They feel they're the only ones that have the intelligence to discerns these laws & how to govern. It seems this is a fallacy at best. All one needs to do is look at the lousy job being done. The travesty with the healthcare bill is a prime example. The judges had to stretch the the law so far as to make it not even look the same to get it to pass. Why becasue Roberts had to shore up the so called integrity of the Supreme court. What a shame. Also, what a travesty that our judicial branch has done so many things based on things that should have been outside their purview instead of the constitutionality of the law.

    Again the citizens are loosing control & representation at the governemnt level. Too many politicians & judges feel they are above the people they're suppose to represent. So if our judicial branch is incapable of fulfilling the roles they're tasked with then what recourse does the citizens of the United States have?

    It seems none. We are being held hostage by our court system. It's decayed into chaos & justice isn't a core requirement. Laws are being forced down the throats of the citizens becasue politics is the most important factor. Where do we the populous go when this trend continues & we have no voice in our political system or how we're governed.

  37. Swimmer Massey

    PHUCCCKKKK the Tea party and ALL the GULLIBLE, STUPID, TRAILER-PARK WHITE TRASH that follow it in their Pavlovian, IDIOTIC way. And if any of you TeaBaggers wanna threaten me…bring it on!!!!

  38. Tim Baughman

    He just simply decided…The key phrase. So when does this have anything to do with the job at hand. If a law isn't written correctly or doesn't meet the requirements of the constitution then it's unconstitutional. It's not the responsibility of the Supreme court to recraft the bills. That's the purview of another branch of our governemnt. There is a big difference between mandate & tax. However, our system has blurred so many terms & redefined these term as to make them meaningless. So if the words crafted in a law are meaningless & the Judicial system has to rewrite them to their liking then the entire system fails.

    Our founding fathers would be rolling over in their graves as what is being done today.

  39. Tim Baughman

    Paul V Sutera so have you looked at the statistics of this socialized medicine. Obviously not. Maybe you would see that those who want the best health care come here. Why would they do that if their healthcare was so exceptional? They wouldn't. So they get poorer healthcare at a lower cost. So what. If the folks in these countries want better care they have to pay extra. So it's not really that cheap. Your analogy is flawed on some many levels that it's ludicrous at best.

  40. Tim Baughman

    Paul V Sutera so have you looked at the statistics of this socialized medicine. Obviously not. Maybe you would see that those who want the best health care come here. Why would they do that if their healthcare was so exceptional? They wouldn't. So they get poorer healthcare at a lower cost. So what. If the folks in these countries want better care they have to pay extra. So it's not really that cheap. Your analogy is flawed on some many levels that it's ludicrous at best.

  41. Charles Redick

    A conservative with respect for the Constitution and the well being of the American people. Unlike Alito who is just a partisan Republican

  42. Tim Baughman

    You have a short memory. Obama started the name calling when the law went to the Supreme court. I don't care how you look at it. It was a travesty. It had little to do with constitutionality & more about politics & shoring up their reputation. All of which shouldn't have been a part of the process. To interpret away the actual words of a law is ludicrous.

    The job of the supreme court isn't to re-craft a bill but to rule whether it meets it's requirements to be constitutional. In Roberts own words. It didn't. It had to be engineered & words disregarded to make it constitutional. I thought that was the responsibility of the other groups in out governemnt to craft the laws not the Supreme Court. PLEASE

  43. Paul V Sutera

    If I lose my job, my premiums as a 55 year old with decent coverage for spouse and myself would be $13,000 a year on Cobra, and on the open market. Finland is hardly the example to use, and every country has different natural resources. My Euro and Canada friends say this business of denials and long wait times are stories being promoted by US Insurance industry and Big Pharma. Good thing I have lots of money saved. There is no post-retirement medical here anymore to bridge to Medicare. And Medicare is government insurance and they haven't denied a single procedure to any old person in my family. You try to tie high taxes to universal medical coverage but there are other reasons for high taxes in those countries. And #1, is they have no private pensions in many countries, and their OLD AGE income comes from those high taxes. I have a 70 yr old friend on SS, and it's a miserable existence. FYI I live in a 900 square foot house with no A/C and work as an engineer for nearly 28 years now.

  44. Tim Baughman

    So true … Our politicians & Supreme Court have let the citizens of this great country down. Yet it's us that are too stupid to understand the grandiose plans for the ignorant populous. We can't rule ourselves or create laws that sure the country. How pompous & self-serving our government has become. I fear this is just the beginning.

  45. Paul V Sutera

    Go talk to an old person in Sweden. They have great benefits compared to the old in our country. I was there a few years back. I am not in favor of that much socialism but they do protect their industries from Chinese dumping. Sweden is in good financial shape as is Iceland.

  46. Billy Taylor

    Cussing, name calling and threats are a poor way to express your opinion. Instead it shows a lot of frustration and insecurity.

  47. Joseph Scott Upton

    No branch of the government is perfect. Including the supreme court. Today all 3 branches of government are pushing us further down "The Road to Serfdom". Liberty in America is dying.

  48. Warren Graef

    yes but the problem is that the supreme court has a record for making new laws or interpreting something into the law that wasn't there in the first place. I agree that what Roberts did was only to interpret what was there and change the presentation from a fee to a tax which is completely opposite from what the administration had promised when the bill was passed.

  49. Lori Gernand

    Swimmer Massey I assume that award that shows as your moniker is something you win quite often. You have NO idea what your talking about and your demeanor should have you thrown out of the conversation blog. YOUR AN IDIOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  50. Joseph Scott Upton

    The free market provides "universal healthcare"…just not your version of "universal healthcare". And, yes, the USA had a free market healthcare system before 1964.

  51. Warren Graef

    O'Connor can say all she wants but the fact is that the whole world was led to believe that the decision from the court was going to be different from the one presented. The other part is that the American taxpayer is stuck either way. It costs trillions of dollars to implement the bill as written and it cost Billions to strike the bill down. Roberts did everyone a favor with the decision he made. Now lets see what the Republicans do with it after the election.

  52. Lori Gernand

    middlenamefrank you are sooooo full of CRAP! I'm not sure what poll your reading or if your just relying on your liberal "buds" to inform you but your numbers don't even come close. Try doing some research.

  53. Shane Hudson

    middlenamefrank Well a tax is not a penalty. And you know nothing about law. If the main point of a law is written to say one thing that has a totally different meaning than another word. Than yes I understand that the only way to uphold this monstrosity was to rewrite it.

  54. Shane Hudson

    middlenamefrank Well a tax is not a penalty. And you know nothing about law. If the main point of a law is written to say one thing that has a totally different meaning than another word. Than yes I understand that the only way to uphold this monstrosity was to rewrite it.

  55. Shane Hudson

    Well when the majority leader passes a bill during the lame duck session then says we have pass before we read it. something is wrong with our government.

  56. Shane Hudson

    Well when the majority leader passes a bill during the lame duck session then says we have pass before we read it. something is wrong with our government.

  57. Shane Hudson

    Well when the majority leader passes a bill during the lame duck session then says we have pass before we read it. something is wrong with our government.

  58. Shane Hudson

    Well when the majority leader passes a bill during the lame duck session then says we have pass before we read it. something is wrong with our government.

  59. Shane Hudson

    Well when the majority leader passes a bill during the lame duck session then says we have pass before we read it. something is wrong with our government.

  60. Shane Hudson

    Well when the majority leader passes a bill during the lame duck session then says we have pass before we read it. something is wrong with our government.

  61. Shane Hudson

    Well when the majority leader passes a bill during the lame duck session then says we have pass before we read it. something is wrong with our government.

  62. Shane Hudson

    Well when the majority leader passes a bill during the lame duck session then says we have pass before we read it. something is wrong with our government.

  63. Shane Hudson

    Well when the majority leader passes a bill during the lame duck session then says we have pass before we read it. something is wrong with our government.

  64. Shane Hudson

    Well when the majority leader passes a bill during the lame duck session then says we have pass before we read it. something is wrong with our government.

  65. Shane Hudson

    Well when the majority leader passes a bill during the lame duck session then says we have pass before we read it. something is wrong with our government.

  66. Shane Hudson

    Well when the majority leader passes a bill during the lame duck session then says we have pass before we read it. something is wrong with our government.

  67. Shane Hudson

    Well when the majority leader passes a bill during the lame duck session then says we have pass before we read it. something is wrong with our government.

  68. Charlie King

    Now let me get this straight Ms. Justice. When we think you Justiices are correct we ar suppose to praise you but when you are wrong we are supposed to keep our mouth shut.Is that the freedom of speech clause you read in the constitution? By the way what are you afraid of to see you on camera? Is there something you want to hide/ Open the doors Ms Justice and let the SUN shinein.

  69. Jerry Boatman

    That maybe true of Alito, but he is mild compared the the liberal mob that are so democratic they woudl make FDR look like a republican.

  70. Anonymous

    YEA, TO MICHELL CARSON'S BLOG: "The people would not be so critical of John Roberts decision to uphold the health care law, if the people wanted the health care law. More than 70% of Americans oppose this law. It was shoved down our throats. And the supreme court upheld it. We were looking to the court to get us out of it. So, yes. We are very critical of those who continue to rule against the will of the people." NOW, ARE WE ALL CLEAR? EVEN IF WE DON'T "LIKE" ROMNEY, AT VERY LEAST, 70% OF VOTING AMERICANS WHO ARE AGAINST BILL BETTER GET TO POLLS IN NOVEMBER AND VOTE FOR ROMNEY TO GET THIS BILL CORRECT NEXT TIME!

  71. Anonymous

    Yea! For Michelle Carson's Blog: Quote: "The people would not be so critical of John Roberts decision to uphold the health care law, if the people wanted the health care law. More than 70% of Americans oppose this law. It was shoved down our throats. And the supreme court upheld it. We were looking to the court to get us out of it. So, yes. We are very critical of those who continue to rule against the will of the people."…..End of Quote….Now we need more than 70% American Voters To Vote For Governor Romney In November, EVEN IF YOU DON'T LIKE HIM – considering EVERYTHING OBAMA HAS DONE, we'd be better off! Romney will get a consensus out of Congress and fix this mess! Obama cannot give and take enough, with BOTH PARTIES Democrat or Republican, to be a "working political President" for all Americans!

  72. Anonymous

    Swimmer Massey I think it is illegal to threaten the mentally handicap

  73. Anonymous

    Miss Ortiz is the problem with this country. All you stupid fucking Mexicans need to go back to Mexico. Back in the beginning of this country, you would have been shot for being here, unlike the cowards in this corrupt Government and Court system we have now. Your days as well as all Mexicans are numbered. The Revolution is coming and we will slaughter you again. Stupid foreigners. At least my Grandparents came here the right way. And my family members fought for this country.

  74. Mike Condron

    His Vocation is to simplydecide, I suspect you missed that class in school. That is the vocation of a Justice, to decide is it inkeeping with the spirit of the constitution or is it not,the only way to do that is to decide, simply, you do understand simple don't you.

  75. Anonymous

    Take back the country one illegal or ignorant person at a time. I am willing to die for my freedom, no matter who it involves. Screw the politicians, pigs and mexicans.

  76. John A Hudick

    "that federal judges owe their only allegiance to the Constitution".

    REALLY? It's BS. How interesting that 9 people can read the same document (the US Constitution) and 5 people understand it one way, and 4 people understand it a different way.

  77. Bonnie Lindemann

    Ask the citizens of those countries how long they have to wait on a list to get adequate care? The arogance of the justices and politicians is amazing……do what we say, not what we do. NONE of them are going to be FORCED to use this healthcare….just we, the people that THEY WORK FOR!!!
    Socialism at its finest.

  78. Kathy Stepp Maples

    I stand with Paul. The role of the SCOTUS is to uphold the Constitution. NO one has to be a judge or practice law to know this. The left is confused due to their leftish college indoctrination. It's as simple as this.

  79. Kathy Stepp Maples

    I stand with Paul. The role of the SCOTUS is to uphold the Constitution. NO one has to be a judge or practice law to know this. The left is confused due to their leftish college indoctrination. It's as simple as this.

  80. Kathy Stepp Maples

    I stand with Paul. The role of the SCOTUS is to uphold the Constitution. NO one has to be a judge or practice law to know this. The left is confused due to their leftish college indoctrination. It's as simple as this.

  81. Kathy Stepp Maples

    middlename frank-you need to learn how the system works. The president has bypassed congress over 300 times by executive fiat to ram through his things. That is wrong! Read your Civics book!

  82. Kathy Stepp Maples

    middlename frank-you need to learn how the system works. The president has bypassed congress over 300 times by executive fiat to ram through his things. That is wrong! Read your Civics book!

  83. Kathy Stepp Maples

    middlename frank-you need to learn how the system works. The president has bypassed congress over 300 times by executive fiat to ram through his things. That is wrong! Read your Civics book!

  84. Kathy Stepp Maples

    middlename frank-you need to learn how the system works. The president has bypassed congress over 300 times by executive fiat to ram through his things. That is wrong! Read your Civics book!

  85. Kathy Stepp Maples

    middlename frank-you need to learn how the system works. The president has bypassed congress over 300 times by executive fiat to ram through his things. That is wrong! Read your Civics book!

  86. Darsha Doran

    Sandra O'Connor was one of the best, most intelligent Supreme Court Judges we have ever had. She stuck to the letter of the law; moderating both far-right and far-left factions on the court. So sorry all you idiots have been brainwashed by the glitzy ads backed by insurance companies opposing the health care bill. Insurance companies would have been "all for the bill" but for the fact that they would have to had covered 'PRE-EXISTING ILLNESS! Smartest thing they did was to start calling it Obamacare……made all the racists in the country oppose it even before it was written!

  87. Dennis W Hibbard

    middlenamefrank You can call it waht you want.But when the government can make you buy something or go to jail that is not a tax.If it is a tax why is it only those who can not afford to buy health insurance pay the tax or fine?

  88. Dennis W Hibbard

    middlenamefrank You can call it waht you want.But when the government can make you buy something or go to jail that is not a tax.If it is a tax why is it only those who can not afford to buy health insurance pay the tax or fine?

  89. Carl Dubose

    the supreme court is controlled by communist including sandra and the chief , justice any decision coming out of the court will be in favor of the comminists. the supreme court should be made up off people who are not affilated with any political party this is the only way we might get a sensiable decision out of them we are headed fo a dictorial communist state at break neck speed so get ready for the fall its just around the corner.

  90. Rake Maker

    I second the motion, F*&K the tea baggies and their unbelievably hypocritical and cowardly beliefs. Tea Baggies are nothing but stupid white trash morons for the most part spewing off simply because there is a Black CIC. Where were these super Patriots at when GW Bush was tearing your rights apart or getting us into war and ruining our economy that is still going on to this day? You are GD morons that are like a religion that picks the rules it wants to follow and damns everyone else. Your hero's or heroins like Rand Paul and Sarah Palin and that joke of a slag Michelle Bachmann are complete morons and dumb as a box of rocks, nothing but hypocrites and opportunists trying to line their pockets like all other politicians. There are only a F$%king handful of Representatives in DC that care about the American people.

  91. Rake Maker

    Michelle I think you have been using "Bob" too much with your poster of Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck in a nude embrace plastered on your ceiling. 70% of the public didn't oppose this, as a matter of fact almost 70% wanted some form of health care reform. If you go by the FOX SPEWS machine, yeah 70% were opposed but ONLY AFTER some carefully reworded text was put into the question. The main thing is that we are finally moving toward letting Americans be able to afford health care no matter what your social status. The cowardly GOP and Tea Party did nothing to offer anything regarding this and did everything to block it, now all of a sudden every GD Tea Party or GOP rep has their own form of reform, imagine that? What cowards what pieces of shit. If you think this was forced down your throats I got news for you, first that probably isn't the first thing shoved down there but surely you are a responsible conservative and already have benefits that you pay for and you are covered, this bill won't affect you, and I am sure you are a responsible Con gunch making her 250K+ a year and have yourself covered with private insurance, so none of this should matter to you. Now go back lay in bed, crank the BOB up and look up at Beck and Hannity in a nude embrace swapping spit and try your damnedest to experience your first big O.

  92. Rake Maker

    and one more thing, this SCJ Roberts is the same one that ruled that corporations are people, I am sure you had no problems with that.

  93. Craig Clark

    Michelle Maisetti Carson NOT 70% but show use where you get your figures
    heres the % Health care reform: Poll says 47 percent disapprove – MJ Lee – Politico
    Bloomberg Poll Shows 58% Oppose Repeal Of Health Care Reform
    poll from Gallup shows Americans are evenly split on the Supreme Court’s ruling on President Obama’s signature legislative accomplishment, the 2010 Affordable Care Act. Forty-six percent said the Court made the right decision, while 46 percent said the disagreed with it. Indpendent voters were mostly likely to agree with the result by a small margin, 45 percent to 42 perecent.

  94. Anthony R. Fellow

    Sandra Day O'Connor has always been a class act, an exceptional and respected Supreme Court justice. In the area of media law, which I teach, she was simply outstanding.

  95. Larry Morris

    I agree Paul- when the former Justice Crackhead O'connor said "“It’s unfortunate because I think comments like that demonstrate only too well a lack of understanding some of our citizens have about the role of the judicial branch.” Sandra Day O’Connor went on to emphasize to the Senate Panel that federal judges owe their only allegiance to the Constitution" This at once demonstrated to me that she is a liberal because her arrogance and condescension are overwhelming here- as well as her hypocrisy. If all the justices are interpreting the "same" constitution, then why are the votes always split?

  96. Crystal Chambers

    You all are out of control. I did however learn the acronym for the Supreme Court is SCOTUS! Judicial Review is just that, review of laws to determine their constitutionality. There are nine justices. The chief justice did not and could not determine a law constitutional on his own. Neither can any of the justice re-write the law. Go USA!

  97. Crystal Chambers

    You all are out of control. I did however learn the acronym for the Supreme Court is SCOTUS! Judicial Review is just that, review of laws to determine their constitutionality. There are nine justices. The chief justice did not and could not determine a law constitutional on his own. Neither can any of the justice re-write the law. Go USA!

  98. Crystal Chambers

    You all are out of control. I did however learn the acronym for the Supreme Court is SCOTUS! Judicial Review is just that, review of laws to determine their constitutionality. There are nine justices. The chief justice did not and could not determine a law constitutional on his own. Neither can any of the justice re-write the law. Go USA!

  99. Monserrate Rodriguez

    Sandra, you intilte to your opinion but I do believe that nobody should be in the supreme court for life, because like every thing else there is corruption and I believe that the decision Gore vs Bush should have gone back to the state, and justice Anthony Saclis should never gone hunting with Vice president Cheney and justice Thomas his wife making money as a lobbies all that smells real bad. just my opinion. and Justice Robert I rate you a C……………..

  100. Monserrate Rodriguez

    Sandra, you intilte to your opinion but I do believe that nobody should be in the supreme court for life, because like every thing else there is corruption and I believe that the decision Gore vs Bush should have gone back to the state, and justice Anthony Saclis should never gone hunting with Vice president Cheney and justice Thomas his wife making money as a lobbies all that smells real bad. just my opinion. and Justice Robert I rate you a C……………..

  101. Monserrate Rodriguez

    Sandra, you intilte to your opinion but I do believe that nobody should be in the supreme court for life, because like every thing else there is corruption and I believe that the decision Gore vs Bush should have gone back to the state, and justice Anthony Saclis should never gone hunting with Vice president Cheney and justice Thomas his wife making money as a lobbies all that smells real bad. just my opinion. and Justice Robert I rate you a C……………..

  102. Monserrate Rodriguez

    Sandra, you intilte to your opinion but I do believe that nobody should be in the supreme court for life, because like every thing else there is corruption and I believe that the decision Gore vs Bush should have gone back to the state, and justice Anthony Saclis should never gone hunting with Vice president Cheney and justice Thomas his wife making money as a lobbies all that smells real bad. just my opinion. and Justice Robert I rate you a C……………..

  103. John French

    it's going to suck on judgement day when you have to be yourself instead of the puppet the government told you to be.

  104. Javier Ramirez

    Thats very eltitst of you. Since when do you have to have a JD or have "written laws" to criticize the High Court. Will you make that same idioitc argument to those leftists who scream and howl at the moon in denouncing Citizens United? Will you?

  105. Javier Ramirez

    Laura Ortiz Beltramini,
    Thats very eltist of you. Since when do you have to be a judge, have a JD or have "written laws" to criticize the High Court. Will you make that same idioitc argument to those leftists who scream and howl at the moon in denouncing Citizens United? Will you?

  106. Alan Adams

    Paul V Sutera If their health care systems are so wonderful, why do we always read about the leaders of those same countries seeking care here at the Mayo Clinic and other hospitals?

  107. Jay Staven

    Paul, your igorant,,,the constitution as written is always subject to interpretation such as the specific seperation of church and state so many repubs ignore then claim is a religious freedom,, when in fact no one "freedom is allowed to violate the others by definition,,, (republican doubletalk and lies does not always win,, America is a secular nation,,,)

  108. Jay Staven

    Tim Baughman ,Actually our founding fathers were Secular humanists ,,not even christians,,, and your simplisitic mis-informed view is wrong,,,, the Supreme Court helps determine and "decide" constitutionality ,,, so like it or not they did the job,,,,

    By the way,, I bet you are a Republican,,, (whiner!!)

  109. Jay Staven

    I disagree,,, over 85 percent of all American bankruptcies, are from healthcare expenses,,, so want to help america? balance budgets,,, help middle class,,?? I think the affordable healthcare act is awesome,, and will prove to be a great legacy making Obama the greatest president in 40 years,,,…

  110. Jay Staven

    I disagree,,, over 85 percent of all American bankruptcies, are from healthcare expenses,,, so want to help america? balance budgets,,, help middle class,,?? I think the affordable healthcare act is awesome,, and will prove to be a great legacy making Obama the greatest president in 40 years,,,…

  111. Jay Staven

    over 85 percent of all American bankruptcies, are from healthcare expenses,,, so want to help america? balance budgets,,, help middle class,,?? I think the affordable healthcare act is awesome,, and will prove to be a great legacy making Obama the greatest president in 40 years,,,…

  112. Jay Staven

    over 85 percent of all American bankruptcies, are from healthcare expenses,,, so want to help america? balance budgets,,, help middle class,,?? I think the affordable healthcare act is awesome,, and will prove to be a great legacy making Obama the greatest president in 40 years,,,…

  113. Jay Staven

    over 85 percent of all American bankruptcies, are from healthcare expenses,,, so want to help america? balance budgets,,, help middle class,,?? I think the affordable healthcare act is awesome,, and will prove to be a great legacy making Obama the greatest president in 40 years,,,…

  114. Jay Staven

    over 85 percent of all American bankruptcies, are from healthcare expenses,,, so want to help america? balance budgets,,, help middle class,,?? I think the affordable healthcare act is awesome,, and will prove to be a great legacy making Obama the greatest president in 40 years,,,…

  115. Javier Ramirez

    @ Laura Beltramini

    That is very elitst of you. Since when do you have to be a judge, have a JD , or have "written laws" in order to criticize the High Court. Will you make this same idiotic argument against your fellow leftitsts who have none of the above qualifications and howl and scream at the moon at the High Court's decision Citizen's United? Will you?

  116. Rake Maker

    Hey Paul, you look like a poster child for why we need socialized healthcare. Sorry bud, but you do! I suppose you are quite the conservative too making 250K+ a year and got yourself covered with health insurance. You rock, or at least don't miss many meals a lot.

  117. Jay Staven

    over 85 percent of all American bankruptcies, are from healthcare expenses,,, so want to help america? balance budgets,,, help middle class,,?? I think the affordable healthcare act is awesome,, and will prove to be a great legacy making Obama the greatest president in 40 years,,,…

    I think the states have ruined America,,in that each state demand life and death,,and marriage and drivers licenses and certificates of its own, as it chooses,, we are no longer,, the United States,,,we are merely the clump of states,, gay marriage here not there,,, car emissions legal in nevada not in CA,,, ND a employer can check your credit,, but in MN its ilegal,, a special lawyer in every state with special licenses,,, age of majority in mississippe is low and in wisconsin its 3 years older,,

    Too many states screwing and making up birth certificates to the point people argue over OBama's in hawaii and Bush's driver license (there was a flap years back,,about having to go and renew it),,,

    We need to suck it up,, federalize more things,, and cheaper in bulk like walmart,,, healthcare,,,to drivers licenses (no more duis in one state then they get a license in another,,)

    We need to stregthen the federal government,, and cut back state governments,,, no more police trained locally or just hired,, a solid requirement and training,,,(I would model it off any branch of the military),,,,

    America needs to be United,,, and Repubs just are out for the rich,, I am voting Democrat (I was a young repub years back,,)

    no more bigotry and hate,,against women,,,(repub war on women) or hate on african americans,,, or gays,, or latinos,, the Repubs are all bigots,,, vote them out!!!

  118. Jay Staven

    over 85 percent of all American bankruptcies, are from healthcare expenses,,, so want to help america? balance budgets,,, help middle class,,? I think the affordable healthcare act is awesome,, and will prove to be a great legacy making Obama the greatest president in 40 years,,,…

    I think the states have ruined America,, in that each state demand life and death,, and marriage and drivers licenses and certificates of its own, as it chooses,, we are no longer,, the United States,,, we are merely the clump of states,, gay marriage here not there,,, car emissions legal in nevada not in CA,,, ND a employer can check your credit,, but in MN its ilegal,, a special lawyer in every state with special licenses,,, age of majority in mississippe is low and in wisconsin its 3 years older,,

    Too many states screwing and making up birth certificates to the point people argue over OBama's in hawaii and Bush's driver license (there was a flap years back,, about having to go and renew it),,,

    We need to suck it up,, federalize more things,, and cheaper in bulk like walmart,,, healthcare,,, to drivers licenses (no more duis in one state then they get a license in another,,).

    We need to stregthen the federal government,, and cut back state governments,,, no more police trained locally or just hired,, a solid requirement and training,,,(I would model it off any branch of the military),,,,

    America needs to be United,,, and Repubs just are out for the rich,, I am voting Democrat (I was a young repub years back,,).

    no more bigotry and hate,, against women,,,(repub war on women) or hate on african americans,,, or gays,, or latinos,, the Repubs are all bigots,,, vote them out!

  119. Anonymous

    @ Michelle Maisetti Carson, The work of the supreme court is not to judge a popularity contest. It is to interpret the law-So please think before you speak.

  120. Anonymous

    @ Michelle Maisetti Carson, The work of the supreme court is not to judge a popularity contest. It is to interpret the law-So please think before you speak.

  121. Jay Staven

    Terri shut your hole,,, A woman at a event is barraged with question by repubs and dems,,,
    That woman gave a great deal of her life to public service and won a spot on a bench (the first woman) to do so,, She was too conservative for me,, but she made her way and paid her dues,,, and maybe the first woman on that bench had to be a conservative,, (politics leans so conservative the last 40 years),,,

    If you can't respect the person ,,respect the position,,, she spoke some of her mind,,and did not play politics or kiss any babies,, I love it!! we need more brutal and candid ,,blunt politicians and voters,,,

    Its about being a good citizen,, civics,,, (the point of her event,,)

  122. Jay Staven

    Terri shut your hole,,, A woman at a event is barraged with question by repubs and dems,,,
    That woman gave a great deal of her life to public service and won a spot on a bench (the first woman) to do so,, She was too conservative for me,, but she made her way and paid her dues,,, and maybe the first woman on that bench had to be a conservative,, (politics leans so conservative the last 40 years),,,

    If you can't respect the person ,,respect the position,,, she spoke some of her mind,,and did not play politics or kiss any babies,, I love it!! we need more brutal and candid ,,blunt politicians and voters,,,

    Its about being a good citizen,, civics,,, (the point of her event,,)

  123. Nick Calenti

    Don't villanize the insurance companies here. I actually wonder why you think the all the right wing BS is coming from insurers? I think most insurance companies are well positioned to contented (and make a lot of money) with the new medical loss ratio requirements. As for pre-existing conditions, i have heard almost no gripe from insurers about this either. The mandate increases the risk pool by an immense amount, allowing insurers to handle the bad risk. I agree completely with your stance on PPACA, but insurers provide extremely valuable risk pooling service to this country, and its a mistake to think that they are the source of all the fox news style bull shit surrounding Obamacare.

  124. Nick Calenti

    Don't villanize the insurance companies here. I actually wonder why you think the all the right wing BS is coming from insurers? I think most insurance companies are well positioned to contented (and make a lot of money) with the new medical loss ratio requirements. As for pre-existing conditions, i have heard almost no gripe from insurers about this either. The mandate increases the risk pool by an immense amount, allowing insurers to handle the bad risk. I agree completely with your stance on PPACA, but insurers provide extremely valuable risk pooling service to this country, and its a mistake to think that they are the source of all the fox news style bull shit surrounding Obamacare.

  125. Jay Staven

    I agree so lets remove Repubs who invoked 9/11 invented the "homeland security" and began bugging citizens with no evidence,, and Bush who was the head of the CIA,, who could not catch or kill Osama Bin Laden,,,

    Lets vote in more Democrats,, and unions so that the common man has some bargain power with the rich employer who is offshoring jobs and cutting retirement and healthcare and stealing pensions,,,,with corp greed then crying about wanting lower taxes and less "government" when they just want less government so they can pick your pockets,,,

    we need more inspectors to audit businesss who lie and steal and banks who gamble then beg for bailouts,,,

    I am voting Democrat because of this,,,

  126. Jay Staven

    over 85 percent of all American bankruptcies, are from healthcare expenses,,, so want to help america? balance budgets,,, help middle class,,?? I think the affordable healthcare act is awesome,, and will prove to be a great legacy making Obama the greatest president in 40 years,,,…

    I think the states have ruined America,,in that each state demand life and death,,and marriage and drivers licenses and certificates of its own, as it chooses,, we are no longer,, the United States,,,we are merely the clump of states,, gay marriage here not there,,, car emissions legal in nevada not in CA,,, ND a employer can check your credit,, but in MN its ilegal,, a special lawyer in every state with special licenses,,, age of majority in mississippe is low and in wisconsin its 3 years older,,

    Too many states screwing and making up birth certificates to the point people argue over OBama's in hawaii and Bush's driver license (there was a flap years back,,about having to go and renew it),,,

    We need to suck it up,, federalize more things,, and cheaper in bulk like walmart,,, healthcare,,,to drivers licenses (no more duis in one state then they get a license in another,,)

    We need to stregthen the federal government,, and cut back state governments,,, no more police trained locally or just hired,, a solid requirement and training,,,(I would model it off any branch of the military),,,,

    America needs to be United,,, and Repubs just are out for the rich,, I am voting Democrat (I was a young repub years back,,)

    no more bigotry and hate,,against women,,,(repub war on women) or hate on african americans,,, or gays,, or latinos,, the Repubs are all bigots,,, vote them out!!!

  127. Darsha Doran

    I am always amused at the rich who make sure they get every benefit they can on social security including middle men companies that order their diabetic etc meds…..don't these idiots realize that it costs more to have the middle men do the ordering, mailing etc….of course they bill for the service AND who do they think pays for their "free" Jazzy Chair???????? problem is they don't want benefits for anyone else but they sure want them for themselves, ESPECIALLY OUR GREEDY POLITICIANS.

  128. Darsha Doran

    I am always amused at the rich who make sure they get every benefit they can on social security including middle men companies that order their diabetic etc meds…..don't these idiots realize that it costs more to have the middle men do the ordering, mailing etc….of course they bill for the service AND who do they think pays for their "free" Jazzy Chair???????? problem is they don't want benefits for anyone else but they sure want them for themselves, ESPECIALLY OUR GREEDY POLITICIANS.

  129. Norman Doubleu

    Jay, centralized go't is what Germany had in the 30's…
    The 10th Amendment is in place to keep Federal over-reach out.
    Vote them ALL out who supported NDAA '12, HR 347 & HR 658. These were all assaults on the Bill of Right's. We need a credible 3rd party anyways. Both parties are taking the US to H*ll in a handbasket. The only real difference is how quick you wanna get there!

    Healthcare prices will NOT go down because everyone (that didn't qualify for exemption) has to buy it. The biggest problem is that health providers are not forced to compete. It is a near monopoly that is allowed because of the grease involved ($).
    If you could shop health pricing like you would car repair that would drastically reduce cost. After all, it's still just parts and labor…

  130. Norman Doubleu

    Jay, centralized go't is what Germany had in the 30's…
    The 10th Amendment is in place to keep Federal over-reach out.
    Vote them ALL out who supported NDAA '12, HR 347 & HR 658. These were all assaults on the Bill of Right's. We need a credible 3rd party anyways. Both parties are taking the US to H*ll in a handbasket. The only real difference is how quick you wanna get there!

    Healthcare prices will NOT go down because everyone (that didn't qualify for exemption) has to buy it. The biggest problem is that health providers are not forced to compete. It is a near monopoly that is allowed because of the grease involved ($).
    If you could shop health pricing like you would car repair that would drastically reduce cost. After all, it's still just parts and labor…

  131. Norman Doubleu

    Jay, centralized go't is what Germany had in the 30's…
    The 10th Amendment is in place to keep Federal over-reach out.
    Vote them ALL out who supported NDAA '12, HR 347 & HR 658. These were all assaults on the Bill of Right's. We need a credible 3rd party anyways. Both parties are taking the US to H*ll in a handbasket. The only real difference is how quick you wanna get there!

    Healthcare prices will NOT go down because everyone (that didn't qualify for exemption) has to buy it. The biggest problem is that health providers are not forced to compete. It is a near monopoly that is allowed because of the grease involved ($).
    If you could shop health pricing like you would car repair that would drastically reduce cost. After all, it's still just parts and labor…

  132. James Brown

    That's right. How dare you criticize something that will expand your serfdom? How dare you criticize a decision that will expand the scope and power of government? What do you think you are, a citizen of a country that includes liberty?

  133. James Brown

    That's right. How dare you criticize something that will expand your serfdom? How dare you criticize a decision that will expand the scope and power of government? What do you think you are, a citizen of a country that includes liberty?

  134. James Brown

    That's right. How dare you criticize something that will expand your serfdom? How dare you criticize a decision that will expand the scope and power of government? What do you think you are, a citizen of a country that includes liberty?

  135. Jay Staven

    I Could not disagree more,, Simply put,, when I buy toilet tissue,, I donot buy a square,, or even 1 roll,, I buy in bulk,, and so healthcare in bulk is cheaper too,, ask self employed and employers,,, group discounts mean cheaper,, so,,, bulk is better,,

    Germany, is too many variables,, and ethical holes,, I would cite Norway, Denmark and sweden,,,

    Not in debt,, socialized outright and happy,,, been there and done that,, (I am of scandinavian heritage,,)

    Centralized federal government might remove so many middle men,, and i also do not think indirect democracy was the longterm intention of our founding fathers,, 1 human 1 vote simple,,,

    Voting for the guy who votes for the guy who votes for the electoral college,,that votes for the president is waste,,,and not truly represent "We the People"

    A side note the shopping for insurance will be possible with the affordable health care act in many states it appears if not altered,, with insurance pools,,,

  136. Jay Staven

    I Could not disagree more,, Simply put,, when I buy toilet tissue,, I donot buy a square,, or even 1 roll,, I buy in bulk,, and so healthcare in bulk is cheaper too,, ask self employed and employers,,, group discounts mean cheaper,, so,,, bulk is better,,

    Germany, is too many variables,, and ethical holes,, I would cite Norway, Denmark and sweden,,,

    Not in debt,, socialized outright and happy,,, been there and done that,, (I am of scandinavian heritage,,)

    Centralized federal government might remove so many middle men,, and i also do not think indirect democracy was the longterm intention of our founding fathers,, 1 human 1 vote simple,,,

    Voting for the guy who votes for the guy who votes for the electoral college,,that votes for the president is waste,,,and not truly represent "We the People"

    A side note the shopping for insurance will be possible with the affordable health care act in many states it appears if not altered,, with insurance pools,,,

  137. Jay Staven

    I Could not disagree more,, Simply put,, when I buy toilet tissue,, I donot buy a square,, or even 1 roll,, I buy in bulk,, and so healthcare in bulk is cheaper too,, ask self employed and employers,,, group discounts mean cheaper,, so,,, bulk is better,,

    Germany, is too many variables,, and ethical holes,, I would cite Norway, Denmark and sweden,,,

    Not in debt,, socialized outright and happy,,, been there and done that,, (I am of scandinavian heritage,,)

    Centralized federal government might remove so many middle men,, and i also do not think indirect democracy was the longterm intention of our founding fathers,, 1 human 1 vote simple,,,

    Voting for the guy who votes for the guy who votes for the electoral college,,that votes for the president is waste,,,and not truly represent "We the People"

    A side note the shopping for insurance will be possible with the affordable health care act in many states it appears if not altered,, with insurance pools,,,

  138. Michael Bonacci

    She is a prime example of why Americans question the activism of the Supreme Court. They are appointed to interpret, not re-write or change constitutional law.

  139. Anonymous

    Obama called them out because they have been outwardly defiant and critical of his office. Even if you don't like the man he is the President. I did not like or respect George Bush, but I would have given him the courtesy his office dictated.

  140. Anonymous

    Actually what would have made the Republican happy is if the court voted on partisan lines, constitution be damned.

  141. Anonymous

    Actually what would have made the Republican happy is if the court voted on partisan lines, constitution be damned.

  142. Nehemiah Marcus

    Is Paul Christensen running for office? Or is he another arm-chair politician trying to inflate his own self-importance by speaking on things he does not understand?

  143. Nehemiah Marcus

    Is Paul Christensen running for office? Or is he another arm-chair politician trying to inflate his own self-importance by speaking on things he does not understand?

  144. Rake Maker

    Michelle Maisetti Carson well I see the problem now, just noticed you are a high school student. LOL you don't know crap. I will give credibility to those who comment that are sweating for a living or living pay check to paycheck, or have their house frozen with some medical bills, or who have lost their house because of medical bills, or have been bankrupted by medical bills, not some high school student who lives under mommy and daddy's roof and has no idea what it's like to make ends meet and live on a budget and have to decide if this week your kids get burgers or rice a roni because the insurance premium is due. Wise the F up and F the hell off until you have some experience there little girl, you just lost what little cred you had.

  145. Patricia Greene

    Understanding the judicial system is not the point.

  146. Sue Sedberry

    @ Paul V Sutera – those countries don't require their citizens to purchased health care from for-profit Wall Street organizations!

  147. Sue Sedberry

    @ Paul V Sutera – those countries don't require their citizens to purchased health care from for-profit Wall Street organizations!

  148. Sue Sedberry

    @ Paul V Sutera – those countries don't require their citizens to purchased health care from for-profit Wall Street organizations!

  149. Sue Sedberry

    Swimmer Massey doesn't exist. A made-up virtual responder trolling for anti-obama comments and programmed to respond with vial… probably set up in Cayman Islands somewhere having a cocktail while trolling – paid yahooters.

  150. Sue Sedberry

    Swimmer Massey doesn't exist. A made-up virtual responder trolling for anti-obama comments and programmed to respond with vial… probably set up in Cayman Islands somewhere having a cocktail while trolling – paid yahooters.

  151. Heather M. Stanford

    Ummm… As a former Supreme Court Justice you should know the 1st ammendment (sp?). Telling anyone to "back off" is a little hypocritical don't you think?

  152. Bethany Simpson

    You idiots don't get it. When she says that people commenting don't understand how the judicial branch works, she's talking about people claiming that what Justice Roberts did was a betrayal because he didn't vote along party lines. The Supreme Court isn't supposed to vote along party lines! The fact that he was nominated by a Republican president does not mean that he should vote the Republican opinion on every piece of legislation he's called onto judge. THAT is what O'Connor was commenting on.

  153. Anonymous

    Kathy Stepp Maples, well the president is facing the most hostile opposition party since the civil war….even when he uses a Republican proposal,the Republicans oppose it.

  154. Rob Billeaud

    How's THAT for irony? The former justice O'Connor seems so intent on reminding us that the role of the Supreme Court is to interpret the Constitution, yet she seems to have a problem with the Court's critics exercising their first amendment rights. I can't figure his logic on this one. No I don't possess a JD or practice law, but I did study constitutional law and have a decent grasp of the issues at play here. In fact, I heard an interview with Chief Justice Roberts who said that he was prepared to write for the majority in striking down the law, but was unable to do so and changed his opinion at the last moment. In upholding the law, a decision which I believe to be flawed, the Court has definitively ruled that the individual mandate is, if fact, a tax, so no matter how much the Obama administration protests that this is not. It can therefore be stated as fact that each time a member of the administration goes before the public claiming that it is not at tax, that he or she is lying. I hold no public official responsible for saying something that is not factually correct when there is no attempt at deceit. That is as true for Bush claiming that Iraq was hiding weapons of mass destruction as it is for Bill Clinton saying that the pharmaceutical factory he hit with cruise missiles in Somalia was a weapons factory. What I do hold them responsible for is making false statements that they know to be false with the intent to deceive the public.

  155. Rob Billeaud

    How's THAT for irony? The former justice O'Connor seems so intent on reminding us that the role of the Supreme Court is to interpret the Constitution, yet she seems to have a problem with the Court's critics exercising their first amendment rights. I can't figure his logic on this one. No I don't possess a JD or practice law, but I did study constitutional law and have a decent grasp of the issues at play here. In fact, I heard an interview with Chief Justice Roberts who said that he was prepared to write for the majority in striking down the law, but was unable to do so and changed his opinion at the last moment. In upholding the law, a decision which I believe to be flawed, the Court has definitively ruled that the individual mandate is, if fact, a tax, so no matter how much the Obama administration protests that this is not. It can therefore be stated as fact that each time a member of the administration goes before the public claiming that it is not at tax, that he or she is lying. I hold no public official responsible for saying something that is not factually correct when there is no attempt at deceit. That is as true for Bush claiming that Iraq was hiding weapons of mass destruction as it is for Bill Clinton saying that the pharmaceutical factory he hit with cruise missiles in Somalia was a weapons factory. What I do hold them responsible for is making false statements that they know to be false with the intent to deceive the public.

  156. Rob Billeaud

    How's THAT for irony? The former justice O'Connor seems so intent on reminding us that the role of the Supreme Court is to interpret the Constitution, yet she seems to have a problem with the Court's critics exercising their first amendment rights. I can't figure his logic on this one. No I don't possess a JD or practice law, but I did study constitutional law and have a decent grasp of the issues at play here. In fact, I heard an interview with Chief Justice Roberts who said that he was prepared to write for the majority in striking down the law, but was unable to do so and changed his opinion at the last moment. In upholding the law, a decision which I believe to be flawed, the Court has definitively ruled that the individual mandate is, if fact, a tax, so no matter how much the Obama administration protests that this is not. It can therefore be stated as fact that each time a member of the administration goes before the public claiming that it is not at tax, that he or she is lying. I hold no public official responsible for saying something that is not factually correct when there is no attempt at deceit. That is as true for Bush claiming that Iraq was hiding weapons of mass destruction as it is for Bill Clinton saying that the pharmaceutical factory he hit with cruise missiles in Somalia was a weapons factory. What I do hold them responsible for is making false statements that they know to be false with the intent to deceive the public.

  157. Anonymous

    Roberts got it right by judging according to constitutional principles……and the people that thought they "got their guy on the SC" are all angry because they all were shown the kind of judge Roberts really is…..

  158. Robert Rios

    I would like to know how much Roberts got offered to side with Liberals.

  159. Robert Rios

    I would like to know how much Roberts got offered to side with Liberals.

  160. James Bright

    Y'all sound like the adults on a Charlie Brown cartoon. The best healthcare in the world is about to become mediocre like the countries in Europe. If you think $13K a year for COBRA is high…..just wait until they start taking 60% of your salary…..ask your European buddies!

  161. James Bright

    Y'all sound like the adults on a Charlie Brown cartoon. The best healthcare in the world is about to become mediocre like the countries in Europe. If you think $13K a year for COBRA is high…..just wait until they start taking 60% of your salary…..ask your European buddies!

  162. James Bright

    Y'all sound like the adults on a Charlie Brown cartoon. The best healthcare in the world is about to become mediocre like the countries in Europe. If you think $13K a year for COBRA is high…..just wait until they start taking 60% of your salary…..ask your European buddies!

  163. Lou Ann Watson

    leahy, from the socialist republic of vermont, fields a question of which, if roberts had voted the other way, would have never even asked in the first place. o'conner is entitled to her opinion, but to tell everyone to back off means she really doesn't want anyone to exercise their free speech rights when it comes to criticizing the court. scalia criticized him and I'm with scalia, so stuff it, o'connor, you are out to pasture.

  164. Grasya Belts Pitts

    To state a number like 70% of Americans oppose this Healthcare Law is not just disingenuous it is blatantly false! Even Fox News, never construed as being even close to liberal, has it at 46% to 46% which is dead even. Do you even realize how silly you look when posting numbers as far off as yours are?

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  167. Rob McKellip

    Actually he is correct. This bill was passed by both the Senate and the House and signed by the President into law. Also the fact that the majority decision (5 members of the Supreme Court said it was legal according to the Constitution..not just 1 person). This seems to me to meet the requirements set forth in the document that governs this country. There are things that have been decided by the Supreme Court that some people like and some don't. This is the way it's been for every one of the people here. To declare a member a traitor because they don't see things the same way is ridiculous. Pay attention to our country at all, every ounce of history included, and you will find evidence that a large majority of our history is filled with this debate. Sometimes we even change our mind, as evidenced by segregation being allowed then overturned, along with slavery, women's rights, child labor laws, and many other things. Some people aren't happy with those decisions even today (you read enough of what people post on these comment sections and it's quite obvious this is true).

    That said, if the Republicans gain the legislature and the Presidency, they can overturn this law. You know..the one patterned off the one Romney instituted in Massachusetts when he was governor.

  168. Anonymous

    J. Edgar Hoover had a laundry list on everybody who was anybody. He kept his job at least once (confirmed) when an incoming president wanted someone new in there. That exact same thing happened with Roberts and ObamaCare. The liberals played their ace card, and trumped the Court. AND… If anyone thinks laundry lists are not used today, then they are a complete idiot. Everybody has a skeleton in their closet.

  169. Anonymous

    Paul V Sutera This ObamaCare is NOT NOT not universal health care. IF IT WAS UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE, then it would NOT exempt organized labor, Amish and MILLIONS more. This link says over 2 million workers (not retired and etc) are exempted from ObamaCarre. http://www.economiccollapse.net/733-companies-unions-groups-with-2189636-workers-exempt-from-obamacare And according to this link, Obama himself is exempted from ObamaCare. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/mar/23/obamacare-for-everyone-but-obama/ The democrats most staunch supporters are exempt from ObamaCare, The United Federation of Teachers… http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/teachers_union_gets_pass_on_obamacare_dhoJQgXRKLwbYtp6Nam7LK

    I just pulled these things off the net with a search. That said, it appears to me that only the unorganized, the weak and independent people with no political sway are trapped into ObamaCare….. Basically said, the weak and helpless are forced into this, while the friends of the powerful are free from the tyranny, letting someone else bare the load. Hey, this sounds like just what the democrats have been calling evil!!!! The Republican Party

    Paul…. Something is going on with this Obama and gang, something has a very foul odor. No Paul, ObamaCare is not universal health care, it's an abomination from the ObamaNation.

  170. Anonymous

    O’Connor is correct. Chief Justice Roberts and the Court followed the Constitution. I was simultaneously surprised and disappointed in Robert's final choice…. But that is how things go. I THINK ObamaCare can still be pulled with Congressional and presidential action. The other option is a Constitutional Amendment, but that has overturned SCOTUS only 4 times in history. Of the two, the next Congress and Romney pulling it in 2013 seems the most logical.

    I must make something very clear…. This ObamaCare is NOT NOT not universal health care. IF IT WAS UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE, then it would NOT exempt organized labor, Amish and MILLIONS more. This link says over 2 million workers (not retired and etc) are exempted from ObamaCarre.
    http://www.economiccollapse.net/733-companies-unions-groups-with-2189636-workers-exempt-from-obamacare

    And according to this link, Obama himself is exempted from ObamaCare.
    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/mar/23/obamacare-for-everyone-but-obama/

    The democrats most staunch supporters are exempt from ObamaCare, The United Federation of Teachers.
    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/teachers_union_gets_pass_on_obamacare_dhoJQgXRKLwbYtp6Nam7LK

    I just pulled these things off the net with a search. That said, it appears to me that only the unorganized, the weak and independent people with no political sway-power are trapped into ObamaCare….. Basically said, the weak and helpless are forced into this, while the friends of the powerful are free from the tyranny imposed upon the weak, by forcing someone else bare the load. Hey, this sounds like just what the democrats have been calling evil! The Republican Party. I smell hypocrisy.

    Something is going on with this Obama and gang, something has a very foul odor. ObamaCare is an abomination from the ObamaNation.

  171. Peter H Lazier

    I'm with ya Paul. The people who comment against you are Obama care supporters. Socialist programs around the world are destroying the world economy Macro, just like they are destroying the United States Micro.

  172. Peter H Lazier

    Oh Please. Socialists are self destructive. So, bring it on to yourself.

  173. Anonymous

    Sandra is NO LONGER A SUPREME COURT JUSTICE. HENCE, SHE SHOULD BACK OFF AS WELL. Her comments as not more than A***K**** of her FORMER fellow panel member.

  174. Anonymous

    Sorry Sandra making law from the bench is not part of a judeges job that belongs to the Legislature.

  175. Anonymous

    O'Connor proved that even Ronald Reagan made errors.

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  177. Susan Gartin-Betts

    Perhaps when the Supreme Court Justices get out of politics and are put in office by a legal vote instead of being hand picked by presidents then comments like that won't be necessary. Their job is to uphold and define the Constitution and it's Amendments and be completely unbiased. Hand picking the Justices does not provide for any decision they make to be truly unbiased.

  178. Susan Gartin-Betts

    Even if this Bill is not perfect we have to start somewhere to reform healthcare. When you have the gluttoneous insurance companies holding this country hostage by saying we are too big to go bankrupt we have a problem. Most Americans are unable to afford proper health care to include preventative. The premiums are driven even higher by laws that are allowing frivolous malpractice and personal injury law suites to continually be filed. The pharmaceutical companies are even a bigger problem. Most hospitals are a business period. Then let's throw in the fact that anyone can walk threw their doors and get healthcare regardless of citizenship. Most of the illegals treat the ER like the family doctor and can not pay nor do they qualify for HCAP. So this whole system needs the graft and fraud removed and the interest of the US tax payer be first and foremost.

  179. Darsha Doran

    Geez Nick, you make your living by insurance…..selling out to the corporate establishment…….and yes they did balk at pre-existing illnesses!!!

  180. Darsha Doran

    Geez Nick, you make your living by insurance…..selling out to the corporate establishment…….and yes they did balk at pre-existing illnesses!!!

  181. Darsha Doran

    Geez Nick, you make your living by insurance…..selling out to the corporate establishment…….and yes they did balk at pre-existing illnesses!!!

  182. Nick Calenti

    I make my living providing financial security to and risk-pooling services to people who need it. There is no selling out. This is an extremely complicated issue that isnt as simple as "insurance companies are bad". If that is what you want to boil it down to, go for it, but what you say holds little water with anyone educated on the issue.

  183. Darsha Doran

    Really, don't actuaries develop programs to figure out how to eliminate the people who need insurance the most?? AND yes, insurance companies did balk at covering pre-existing illnesses.

  184. Vonnie Ray

    D.Ray Mrs. O'Conner You sure are not my mother so go blow it out your pie hole. Don't tell me what to do!
    Your not the queen of the United States, Your just another looser like the rest of us.

  185. Paul Christensen

    Are there not a bunch of stupid lawyer and they may even be a crooked one or two. It is just that they have not been caught. I have lived under socialized medicine in England and now I am thankful that I live in America with it's great health care. I would never trade my private health care for one that is run by the inept government. Someone said that all of the major countries have a government health care but So does Canada and that is why when they want something important done they come here. That should tell you something. When my life is on the line I prefer results.

  186. Dale Wamsley

    I don't know what socialism has to do with the decision. I'm not sure what socialism you're talking about unless you simply use the word as a ball bat against anything you don't like.