Mike Huckabee has a very interesting interpretation of the validity of the United States Constitution. He was Kim Davis’ most vocal – and physical – supporters, championing her “right” to ignore the United States Constitution and her oath of office. Then he turns around accuses the Obama administration of unconstitutional actions, meaning, apparently, it’s OK to act in ways contrary to the Constitution if you’re a conservative, but not if you’re a liberal.
Huckabee feels the only proper response to President Obama is to defund the executive branch. He told Newsmax TV Tuesday:
He’s got a Republican Congress that has never tried to slow him down on his unconstitutional actions. They don’t try to slow down the judicial branch when it goes into judicial overreach and practices what Thomas Jefferson would have called judicial tyranny. They’ve ignored the typical checks and balances that are the constitutional duties of the other branches of government. So I think Obama’s going to just go ahead and do whatever he thinks he can get away with, and up until now he’s gotten away with pretty much anything he wanted to do.
And I hold the Republican Congress responsible and accountable. It’s time for them to step up, and if they have to cut the funding out of the White House and simply not appropriate funds for him to function, they have the power of the purse, they simply need to start exercising it.
So Huckabee is for people who violate the Constitution and then against them, and in Iowa last week he showed he is actually still for them: himself this time. Asked about sodomy laws, which you might recall were declared unconstitutional in Lawrence v. Texas (2003) by the Supreme Court (which Article III of the Constitution says decides such things), a questioner said:
“We have a situation here in Iowa where the federal government has usurped their authority. Sodomy is against the law, on the books, this very day, and the Supreme Court has issued a decree and we have states’ rights here, they have no jurisdiction over Iowa, just as they have no jurisdiction over prostitution in Las Vegas, Nevada. What we are asking for is we’re asking for some brave soul to stand up and say that this is wrong, you’ve violated states’ rights, we’re going to impeach the five justices that voted like they didn’t have a brain in their head.”
(It’s been pointed out by Miranda Blue at Right Wing Watch that “The questioner seems to have been confused on a number of levels: Iowa’s sodomy law was repealed by a statute, while the state’s Supreme Court allowed gay couples to marry.”)
In response, Huckabee declared,
“Well, I think, let’s be very clear, the court cannot make law.”
Of course, the court does not make the law. They interpret it. And the Supreme Court gets to say if it’s constitutional or not.
Yet Huckabee thinks the next president should just unconstitutionally ignore the constitutionally established Supreme Court for carrying out its constitutionally mandated activities, all because he doesn’t like it, all the white pretending to be a champion of the Constitution:
“It means that the next president ought to have the courage to say, ‘We appreciate the court decision, but we ignore it because it’s not constitutional, there’s nothing in the Constitution that gives the federal government the authority to dictate or mandate what the definition of marriage is, and until the elected representatives have decided on this, there’s nothing for us to follow other than, ‘Thank you for your thoughts and opinions.'”
“Thank you for your thoughts and opinions.”
Mike Huckabee just wants to make the law up as he goes. Laws apply or not at need. The sheer hypocrisy of saying he can decide what is constitutional – something going around in Republican circles these days – when the Supreme Court, which is given that job IN the Constitution cannot, defies belief.
And that’s not how this works. It’s not how any of this works.
It sells in Iowa, sure. Every bad idea sells in Iowa, and Republicans can be as stupid as they want there with complete impunity, but this is the most egregious abuse of logic possible. In advancing these preposterous claims, Huckabee once again shows his complete unsuitability for the highest office in the land.
Hrafnkell Haraldsson, a social liberal with leanings toward centrist politics has degrees in history and philosophy. His interests include, besides history and philosophy, human rights issues, freedom of choice, religion, and the precarious dichotomy of freedom of speech and intolerance. He brings a slightly different perspective to his writing, being that he is neither a follower of an Abrahamic faith nor an atheist but a polytheist, a modern-day Heathen who follows the customs and traditions of his Norse ancestors. He maintains his own blog, A Heathen’s Day, which deals with Heathen and Pagan matters, and Mos Maiorum Foundation www.mosmaiorum.org, dedicated to ethnic religion. He has also contributed to NewsJunkiePost, GodsOwnParty and Pagan+Politics.