Authored by Christiane Montuori on Wednesday, July 4, 2012 at 5:19 PM | Add the first comment!
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An honorable act of leadership deserves celebration this Independence Day. In doing something he believed was important for the country, Chief Justice John Roberts’ health care decision put him at enormous risk with his core constituency. Roberts refused to do what was politically and philosophically expected of him in the interest of a higher value. His decision embodies one of our favorite definitions of leadership: disappointing your own people at a rate they can absorb.
Speculation says Roberts initially sided with the Supreme Court’s four conservative justices to turn down the Affordable Care Act. Ultimately, despite tireless campaigning by his conservative colleagues, Roberts broke with party lines and sided with the liberal justices in a 5-4 decision. After recent controversial rulings in cases such as Bush v. Gore and Citizens United, the Supreme Court was in need of a demonstration of nonpartisanship. I believe Roberts’ risky initiative will likely pay off in protecting the reputation of the institution. For this, we salute you, Chief Justice. Thank you for reminding us we still have something to celebrate and exemplifying that each of us can adapt to the challenge of shifting realities.