The Fourth Circuit held that a president’s reputation for honesty has to be read into his official acts. If only that rule were retroactive to Obamacare.
Eagle-eyed readers will have noticed that I haven’t comment on the latest atrocity from the Fourth Circuit, in the form of a decision striking down Trump’s executive order limiting new immigration from countries harboring terrorists — countries that, not coincidentally, are Muslim majority. That same order, it should be noted, targeted only six countries, leaving untouched most of the world’s Muslim majority countries.
Although the decision is long, it can be summed up in a single sentence that the Fourth Circuit included to describe its take on “an Executive Order that in text speaks with vague words of national security, but in context drips with religious intolerance, animus, and discrimination.” In other words, the order itself meets Constitutional standards; the Court rejects it because it comes from Trump.
Since I blog for pleasure not money, I most certainly do not get paid enough to slog through a constitutionally infirm, badly reasoned political hit piece from an ostensibly “neutral” federal court. I therefore left the legal analyses to better thinkers than I ever will be; e.g., Hans von Spakovsky, >David Rivkin and Lee Casey, Paul Mirengoff, and John Hinderaker.
The only reason I mention that misbegotten excuse for legal reasoning is because of a Washington Post article about Trump’s defeat at the hands of the Fourth Circuit. You don’t even have to read the article to get the point. Here’s the Facebook link the WaPo put up to promote its article:
If the standard for reviewing orders and legislation is whether the president who backs them is to be believed or not, I’m pretty sure that means that the Court must reverse Obamacare. After all, it was Obama who got rewarded Politifact’s “Lie of the Year” for promising the American public that, if they liked their [policy, doctor, hospital] they could keep their [policy, doctor, hospital]. That doesn’t even touch upon the lies about premiums and deductibles. I’m pretty sure that under the new standard from the Fourth Circuit, Obamacare was void from the moment Obama proposed it, the Democrats pushed it through Congress, and Obama signed it.