BOSTON GLOBE - Roberts is a member of the Federalist Society, a fraternity of legal conservatives whose members often espouse the view that the Constitution should be interpreted literally and oppose "activist" judicial decisions that find implicit but unwritten rights in the document -- including the unwritten right to privacy from which abortion rights are derived.
I've got no problem with strict constructionism, if it's sincerely and consistently applied. The problem is that Federalist Society types like Roberts are very selective in their "originalism." They're real sticklers for the Tenth Amendment when it comes to Congressional use of the Commerce Clause to justify economic regulation. But their construction isn't nearly as strict when it comes to things like Presidential "national security" powers and Executive Privilege. Or upholding the Fourth Amendment against Nazi shit like USA Patriot. And for some reason, their scruples against activist regulatory use of the Commerce Clause don't extend to federal drug laws, as Raich indicated (not to mention "tort reform"). When the Commerce Clause can be used to help big business, they support a reading broad enough to drive a truck through.
In other words, they're only against activist government when it might help poor people. The rest of the time, their attitude is "bend over and grease up."
The "Constitutionalism" of the neocons and New Right, like every other aspect of their ideology, is a fake substitute for the real thing: fake "red state" populism, fake federalism, fake "free market" libertarianism, and fake small government conservatism. They're a statist borg collective, concealing themselves like pod people behind a facade of traditional Main Street conservatism.