Oh boy…whoever thought that the Republican presidential primary would have all eyes glued to the Carter County Kentucky Detention Center on a Tuesday afternoon, September 7th? But here we are, including pols, Mike Huckabee and Ted Cruz and a crowd of bible-waving theocrats.
Let’s start with the current cause celebre, jailbird, Kim Davis’ “God trumps man’s law.” The middle-age “Christian” Rowan County Clerk, four-time married proud homophobic, who blissfully breaks the law in the name of hate, claims she won’t issue marriage licenses to same sex couples because she’s operating under “God’s authority.”
She first acquired a job in the clerk’s office through nepotism. Her mother was clerk for 37 years; Davis had worked in the office for 26 years prior to being elected top dog and taking office January 5th of this year.
An unexpected release, notwithstanding, chaos may be the order of the day, or next few days or weeks. The judge who put her in the clink has just surprisingly issued an order releasing her from the clink located in a neighboring county. U.S. District Court judge David Bunning let her go with the proviso that she not interfere with the issuance of marriage licenses to all legally eligible couples. Five (of the six) deputy clerks in the office have no problem with same sex marriages and have been routinely issuing licenses.
The 49-year-old Davis (paid 89k a year in the fifth poorest state in America), appears to have been doodling during history class while the teacher chatted about the legislative process, the supreme court, the 14th amendment, the imperative of enforcing the law as an office holder; you know, stuff like that. She has insisted that given the chance, she’ll personally deny licenses to all gay couples and will prevent her deputies from doing so as well. Under the judicial order, these same clerks will file a Status Report every 14 days to update the court on the behavior of their recalcitrant boss. It’s pretty well accepted that if Davis continues to defy our nation’s law, and her lawyer tells the media “she will not compromise her conscience”, all indications are she’ll ignore the break the judge gave her. If so, she’ll get a penal encore, compliments of Judge Bunning.
In the real world, the hypocritical, hateful Davis isn’t worth a second of your time or mine. The site, LGBTQnation tracks her marital record; it’s anything but Christian. So gays can’t marry, but she can play all over town, her marriages morally meaningless and that’s somehow pleasing to God (or He/She looks the other way).
I went to the Google reference to the Rowan County Clerk’s Office and read some comments from other visitors. To wit, “If you are operating under ‘God’s authority”, ask God for your paycheck instead of us, the taxpayers.” Beautiful!
Then there’s “I am not writing on behalf of gay marriage. I’m writing on behalf of me being a Christian. What needs to be expressed to Kim Davis from a Christian is that she looks like a real hypocrite being married and divorced as many times as she has.”
And how about “I can think of nothing more un-American than the behavior of the clerk and her supporters?” People will one day look at you the same way they see the racists who protested integration in schools (note: how about mixed marriages?). Relics of an ignorant and misguided belief system.
Or, “Too bad other sinners aren’t as easy to spot so that she could discriminate against more undesirables such as fornicators and birthers of b*****d children as herself.”
A CNN talking head made the point that this is a public office. Thus the difference when Davis is compared to the late Dr. Martin Luther King. Dr. King was not an office holder in his defiance of repressive legislation.
The Republicans, of course, delight in this deeply divisive female version of ‘Joe the Plumber’. States’ Rights vs those dreadful feds. They’ll even sacrifice their only federal heroes, the generally reliable fellow fed-haters, the right-wing Supreme Court majority. Under the bus goes the entirety of the court from far left to far right because even the court recognizes the ‘equal justice under the law’ core of #14.
So Huckabee and Cruz have made their presence known. God’s in charge!
There does appear to be a religious accommodation in the works before a Circuit Court. It has been requested that Davis’ name be taken off the certificate of marriage. If this is done, Davis should be able to perform her other clerk’s duties.
Davis has just walked out of jail. Cruz is fore and Huckabee aft. Onward Christian bigots!!! A cipher is commanding the attention of the nation’s major media as if she matters. She doesn’t. She’s an outlier who is also an egoist and apparently unaware that other giant Christians, Cruz and Huckabee are using her for political purposes and have no interest past political strategy
Husband (the latest) Joe describes himself as a “good ‘ole country boy” who is standing by his wife. Here’s what’s happening behind the scenes as we speak. The good ole country boy and his sainted wife are going to figure out a way to make a ton of money out of this holy gesture.
I’ll close with the worst news most visiters to this site could ever hope to read. Davis ran for office as a Democrat.
At about 2:45, there was a ‘Kim’ rally as Mike Huckabee breathlessly announced that Kim Davis was “free.” It was also revealed by her attorney, a slick looking guy with a paternal arm wrapped around his client’s shoulders, that for the first time in six days she was able to kiss her (current) husband Joe. Talk about heartwarming. We were informed that Kim loves God! For her part, she had her head humbly and slightly bowed. Then we got the story that 4 ½ years ago, she gave her life to God and by golly, she’s a different women now. Her attorney suggests she was “at peace, even in her jail cell.”
A hyperbolic Huckabee talked about the tyranny of a court that can somehow make up law and enforce it. “Can the courts make a law out of thin air?” Excuse me pastor, the 14th Amendment is not thin air. Yet another laughing stock moment for the civilized world to enjoy. Huckabee also said if she is ordered back to jail, he’ll be willing to go in her place.
Following Huckabee and the attorney was a speaker from the Family Research Council, identified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. A former Executive Director is Josh Duggar, famed incest practitioner and Ashley Madison enthusiast. Kim, Cruz and Huckabee must be so proud.
There will be numerous follow-ups to this initial account. The emesis basin please!
Raised rural & small town, then lived in N.Y., Chicago & LA. Widely traveled. Returned from world wandering to pursue media life of anchorman/reporter and major, medium and small market talk radio. Highly active in politics. Once worked as orderly & security in Mens Lock Ward for the Criminally Insane at a state institution. Much more rational population than current Teapublicans. Great concern for country run by and for the extreme wealthy. The inhumane current running through this country has no precedent in modern history.
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