I’d like to be one of those rational people that isn’t rattled by dreams and omens but I’m not. Last night, around 5 am, I decided to stop sleeping because everytime I went to sleep, I’d have a dream that ACA had been overturned. The first dream, I was in the car with my parents, and we heard about it on the radio, and a few minutes later, a bunch of right-wing frat boys, one of who seemed to be Ramesh Ponnuru, started dancing in front of our car and blocking our way. I called them douchebags and my mom told me not to use that kind of language, then I woke up. The second dream I was in Berkeley, and I had no internet or tv access, and my friend and I heard a lot of cheering. We figured it was upheld, because why else would people be cheering in Berkeley, but then it turned out there were little Republicans everywhere, and they were cheering because it was overturned. So we decided to get drunk, but couldn’t find anything open. Then I woke up.
The third dream I can’t remember clearly, and I’ve wasted enough of your time with that self-indulgent crap now anyway.
I had a bad, bad feeling about this ruling, not so much that it would go against ACA, but that in doing so it would rupture our entire democracy permanently. Maybe it just shows we have a “follower problem”, but I think that if Republican justices had nuked important Democratic legislation on the basis of some cobbled-together bullshit from the Volokh Conspiracy blog, a certain bridge would have been crossed, and the judicial branch would have been delegitimized once and for all.
I don’t want to say “Civil War” or “Senators beating each other with canes”, but there would have been no turning back. Maybe if this had happened in isolation, that would be one thing, but this followed Bush v. Gore and Citizens United.
John Roberts may have just saved our system of government.