Jun 29, 2012
Even before the Supreme Court issued its ruling on NFIB v. Sebelius, the challenge to the Affordable Care Act, Fox News and CNN both announced that “Dewey Beats Truman”. And the rhetoric from the right wing has only become more wrong, more obfuscating, more incredibly uninformed. Of course part of this is just the GOP applying the Ailes doctrine of “repeat it enough times and people will believe it”. They can’t win the bout on points, so they are resorting to low blows.
But this, like so many things about the entire right wing strategy as devised by their think tanks depends on one critical factor–an uninformed public. “The best disinfectant is sunlight” is how Justice Brandeis put it.
With all the misinformation and purposeful disinformation out there, and I’m not a lawyer, how do I get to understand what the Supreme Court ruling means? Well, first of all it needs to have an impartial writer. Secondly, the impartial writer needs to be able to take complex constitutional issues and transform them into plain old English.
So I turned to a site that I heard about that only does one thing–report on Supreme Court actions. It went methodically through the ruling so that even I could understand the subtleties of all of the issues involved.