You might know him better by his nom de satire, George Orwell.
Orwell wrote frequently about the manipulation of language to obtain one’s desired outcome, especially in his classic, “Nineteen eighty-four,” with its concepts of newspeak and doublethink. Doublethink is holding two contradictory views or opinions at the same time.
This is what John Roberts did in today’s ruling by saying an exchange established the state is the same as an exchange established by the federal government.
Orwell once wrote, “But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.”
Antonin Scalia’s dissent points out the doublethink of both ObamaCare decision from Roberts:
The somersaults of statutory interpretation they have performed (“penalty” means tax, “further [Medicaid] payments to the State” means only incremental Medicaid payments to the State, “established by the State” means not established by the State) will be cited by litigants endlessly, to the confusion of honest jurisprudence. And the cases will publish forever the discouraging truth that the Supreme Court of the United States favors some laws over others, and is prepared to do whatever it takes to uphold and assist its favorites.
WAR IS PEACE, FREEDOM IS SLAVERY, and IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH.