Chief Justice John Roberts offered what is, ultimately, a very conservative ruling on the Affordable Care Act. Unlike his four colleagues in dissent, Roberts relied upon upholding the laws as they are and have been for a long time. Of course, many Republicans are not going to see it that way. After all, many of them are like Justice Antonin Scalia and want to take this nation back tot he days before the Civil War. Note that Scalia often relies upon laws in dissenting opinions that go back to before the Civil War. In attacking the ruling striking down three quarters of Arizona’s immigration law, he spoke about how it use to be alright for states to exclude slaves from their boarders.
Like many Republicans, Paul Ryan is not really a ‘little-c’ conservative. What he espouses is not truly conservative, but rather reactionary and nearly dystopian. Like many people who worship Ayn Rand, Ryan often mistakes self interest with selfishness. There are many late French nobles who could explain the difference to Ryan. Indeed, Presidents Franklin Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson understood that what is in the best self interest of the rich is to not grind the poor into the ground, but rather to provide them with the assistance they needed. Why? Well, that is historically very simple to see.
Of course, Ryan should rejoice. As Stephen Colbert pointed out- the Supreme Court just upheld Romneycare!
You have to look at how the United States was formed and then chuck it out the window. The United States was an atypical revolution, and may be considered more of an insurrection or a British Imperial Civil War than a revolution. You see, unlike the French Revolution, the Hatian Revolution, or practically every other revolution, it was not about the masses feeling horribly and terribly burdened and oppressed due to poor economic conditions. In France, for example, the people were so ground into the dust that they were, literally, eating grass just to stop starving. Haiti was a revolt over the oppression of slavery and other oppression factors. The same holds true in Russia.
Roosevelt and Johnson understood that the more people are ground into the dust, the more likely they are to revolt, and the more likely the rich are likely to end up with their heads impaled upon pikes. They knew that a little bit of Socialism went a long way towards saving a lot of Capitalist arse.
Roberts may not understand this himself, but it is something to keep in mind. What Ryan, Boehner, Cantor and Romney are selling is not in the best interests of the People as a whole, nor in the best interests of the nation, but rather in the selfish interests of a few people who want to be rich and screw what happens tomorrow.
They don’t even care if they end up with their heads impaled upon a spike.