Police officers stand in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., June 22, 2015.
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The U.S. Supreme Court knows its country

Let me finish with the stunning observation (I think it is) that the U.S. Supreme Court knows its country. 

It’s not just following the election returns, as Mr. Dooley prophesized a century ago; it’s following the American character.

Not that we always like that character or rather it’s implications. 

Americans want it their way.  They want to be as much as possible the person they want…pick the house, pick the car, pick the church, pick the vacation, pick the clothes, pick the restaurant, pick what they want on the menu - the bigger the menu the better!  Pick the president and, if you’re a Republican right now, the bigger the menu for that the better.

Here’s what the Supreme Court is giving us:

You pick your partner when it comes to marriage.  You can buy all the guns you want…no matter who you are or how nuts.

You can spend all the money you can get your hands on if you want to get involved in elections.  Who’s countin’?

It’s all libertarian as hell and it fits the American mindset…the “leave-me-alone” attitude, the “get out of my face” attitude.

But those men and women on the Supreme Court also believe in something very conservative.  They believe in leaving things alone that the Congress has approved, that the government has established…healthcare, Obamacare, the Affordable Care Act.

Why?  Because it’s there.  Once it’s there, people want it there.  As that wily conservative mind, George F. Will, once noted: The American people are conservative; they want to conserve the New Deal. 

They want to be free; they also like things that help them feel free, like the guy who said, “I think the government shouldn’t get involved with Medicare.”  I think that’s what the Supreme Court just said about Obamacare.