Washington - Attorney General Eric Holder submitted a letter to a federal appeals court on Thursday, as required by the court.  His letter, in response to the federal court's request, affirmed that "the power of the courts to review the constitutionality of legislation is beyond dispute."  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said Obama's comments showed "a fundamental lack of respect for our system of checks and balances."  Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) said the president was "threatening" and "trying to intimidate" the Supreme Court. 

Judge Jerry Smith, a staunchly conservative Reagan appointee on the US Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, then inserted the federal courts into the partisan fray on Tuesday, when he interrupted a Justice Department lawyer in the middle of an oral argument in another healthcare case to tell her that the president's comments "troubled a number of people who have read it as somehow a challenge to the federal courts, or to their authority, or to the appropriateness of the concept of judicial review, and that's not a small matter," reported HuffingtonPost.com.  Smith, as he referred to the Affordable Care Act as "Obamacare" from the bench, ordered the lawyer, Dana Lydia Kaersvang, to submit a letter stating what is the position of the Attorney General and the Department of Justice, in regard to the recent statements by the president, specifically "three pages, single spaced," stating in detail, in reference to those statements, what the authority is of the federal courts in this regard, in terms of judicial review." 

Obama promptly backed out of his earlier rhetoric to say, "The point I was trying to make is that the Supreme Court has the final say on our Constitution and our laws and all of us have to respect it."  Obama spoke before news executives, noting it had been more than 75 years since the high court overturned a law that was passed by Congress on an economic issue like healthcare.

The Supreme Court justices have otherwise remained silent about the healthcare cases they are reviewing and the president's comments.  Justice Antonin Scalia told an audience at the University of Southern Mississippi on Wednesday, "We don't respond to criticism," reported the Associated Press.  "Judges use what's known as the 'rope-a-dope' trick.  It's judicial tradition." 

I do not believe it leaves the justices just how "Obamacare" became legislation in the first place.  I am trusting that they clearly and precisely remember how Obama coerced every dissenting Congressman, until he had enough votes to pass Obamacare.  Coercion and even "duress" is how I would describe it happened, nothing less. 

The Word of God says, "Because they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not appropriate" Romans 1:28.  "Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools" Romans 1:22.  "For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God.  For it is written, 'He takes the wise in their own craftiness'" 1 Corinthians 3:19.