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Dec 31 2012

WND Declares Roberts a Benedict Arnold

The Worldnutdaily is giving away some awards, including the Benedict Arnold award to Chief Justice John Roberts for his vote to uphold the Affordable Care Act. Because ruling in a way they don’t agree with is just like betraying the country and supporting its enemies.

WND has selected U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. for its first-ever Benedict Arnold Award.

“There are lots of bad guys out there who would qualify as ‘Villain of the Year,’ but precious few candidates for the ‘Benedict Arnold Award,’” explained WND Vice President and Managing Editor David Kupelian. “Benedict Arnold, after all, was a good guy; he was an American general in the Revolutionary War who fought valiantly on behalf of the Continental Army – that is, until, for reasons yet unknown, he defected to the British side and betrayed the cause he had formerly served.”

Kupelian added, “That pretty much describes Justice Roberts, who gained the enthusiastic support of conservatives and other Constitution-lovers by virtue of his earlier rulings and judicial temperament, and yet betrayed that trust in a devastating way. And we still don’t know why he did it.”

You don’t? He wrote a very long and detailed opinion laying out his reasoning. Maybe you should read it. He might be wrong, of course, but he isn’t wrong just because you disagree with the outcome.

Likewise, talk-radio host Mark Levin called for term limits for Supreme Court justices.

“If justices want to be political,” said Levin, “then they shouldn’t serve for life, because the American people deserve better than this. And that’s the bottom line. … The fact of the matter is we, the American people, deserve public officials – whether they’re elected or appointed to serve for life or for limited terms – who are going to uphold our institutions. And if not going to do it, there’s 312 million Americans – we’ll find some who can.”

Okay, let’s see. The Supreme Court is one of our institutions. And lifetime appointments are explicitly laid out in the constitution for justices of that court, with the founders explaining in Federalist 78 why that was important to maintain the independence of the judiciary. So the only one I see who is not upholding our institutions is you, Mark Levin. And I love this claim that Roberts was being “political.” Only those they disagree with are being “political.” Everyone else is just following the law. QED.

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  1. 1
    dmcclean

    the enthusiastic support of conservatives and other Constitution-lovers

    I hear he’s also supported by hippopotamuses and other crustaceans.

  2. 2
    Jeremy Shaffer

    I guess being “political” one of those things that depends on one’s politics: if you’re a conservative, when you express an opinion or what not you’re upholding the Constitution but everyone else is just being political. Similar to how only conservatives are Real Americans and everyone else, I guess, just so happens to reside in a geographical area referred to as America.

  3. 3
    democommie

    What, Roberts doesn’t own an Etch-A-Sketch?

    WND is to journalism what,what,w–; fuck it, I can’t think of anything so fucked up as to fit that frame of reference.

  4. 4
    John Hinkle

    Kupelian added, “That pretty much describes Justice Roberts, who gained the enthusiastic support of conservatives and other Constitution-lovers by virtue of his earlier rulings and judicial temperament, and yet betrayed that trust in a devastating way. And we still don’t know why he did it.

    He was one of us! He passed the purity test! And yet he gave the tribe a big fuck you! ZOMG, how is he going to rule on gay destructo-marriage? I can’t watch. Tell me when it’s over.

  5. 5
    holytape

    It just reminds me, that in the minds of a lot of conservatives, the number 1 enemy isn’t al-Qaeda, China or Iran, but their fellow Americans.

  6. 6
    richardelguru

    I always feel rather sorry for that nice Mr Arnold, what with the leg and the ambitious wife and all. And the British weren’t very nice to him afterwards, either.

  7. 7
    janiceintoronto

    Silly Americans! Benedict Arnold was a war hero.

    Sorry you are on the wrong side.

    Your friends,

    The Canadians

  8. 8
    fifthdentist

    Did the judges in the Old Testament receive lifetime appointments from Yahweh?
    If so, that’s one that would actually work for Barton.

  9. 9
    jnorris

    What a world, what a world the Republican Tea Party has created. First, President Obama is evil because he’s anti-colonial. Now we learn that Benedict Arnold was evil because he was pro-colonial.

  10. 10
    martinc

    dmcclean @ 1:

    Tres subtle!

  11. 11
    d.c.wilson

    It just reminds me, that in the minds of a lot of conservatives, the number 1 enemy isn’t al-Qaeda, China or Iran, but their fellow Americans.

    But those aren’t Real Americans ™.

  12. 12
    laurentweppe

    Because ruling in a way they don’t agree with is just like betraying the country and supporting its enemies.

    But they’re right: haven’t you heard about the old nation of Richkidstan? It has been at war with the rest of the world since the invention of the wheel. and the WND is most certainly a pro-Richkidstan venue, so of course they’ll treat anything which might cost of few toys to Richkidstan citizens as aiding the ennemy.

  13. 13
    Nick Gotts

    for reasons yet unknown, he defected to the British side

    According to wikipedia, his reasons were personal: resentment at being passed over for promotion, wrongly accused of corruption, and assessed as owing Congress money despite having spent much of his own money in the revolutionary cause.

    And the British weren’t very nice to him afterwards, either. – richardelguru

    Again according to wikipedia:

    Arnold received a commission as a brigadier general in the British Army, an annual pension of £360, and a lump sum of over £6,000.

    and:

    He was well received by King George III and the Tories but frowned upon by the Whigs.

    There was considerable support for the American cause among British radicals.

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