Remember the last election when Mike Huckabee was the reasonable one? Just a nice guy from Hope, Arkansas. Charming in a homespun Cracker Barrel restaurant sort of way.
Now, his creepy Pat Robertson roots are showing. He is not only vehemently religious in his intolerant zeal, he’s vehement enough that other candidates give him a wide berth when forced to take a position on his latest screed. He has become one of the great unhinged, somewhere to the right of Genghis Khan.
Huckabee’s Homespun Whackosity
There’s scant chance he will get the nomination, even orders of magnitude less he will get elected, but he should be careful. He might get what he screeches for.
There are many things that set Huck off these days. The latest is the Supremes’ gay marriage ruling. Huck is greatly offended that God cannot defy Constitutional law. Of course, in his homespun whackosity, Constitutionality is only sacrosanct when decisions go his way.
You can argue the Constitution doesn’t support the decision and you might even have some points. But in uncharacteristic rancor, the judges disagreed. Huck lost, too bad, sucks for Huck. Often times, liberals lose (Exhibit 1: Hobby Lobby). Sucks for them when it happens.
But when you lose, you suck it up and try to amend the law or file further suits (though 50+ is frivolous). That truly is legal and unequivocally based on the Constitution. The problem is, Huck cherry picks the Constitution with the same abandon as he cherry picks the Bible. He announced that as president he will just ignore the Constitution when it is convenient and he is pissed off. No need in listening to the court’s interpretation.
“I respect the courts, but the Supreme Court is only that — the supreme of the courts. It is not the supreme being. It cannot overrule God. When it comes to prayer, when it comes to life, and when it comes to the sanctity of marriage, the court cannot change what God has created,” he said.
You have the right to believe that, but that is not what the Constitution says. The Supremes did not make law, they followed the laws as they saw them. Whether you think that was a wise decision doesn’t matter. The President is obliged to follow those rulings until such time as the laws change.
Huckabee, Start Freezing the Hacksaw Hamburger Helper
But Huckabee is in danger. He should make plans for a jail stay if he wins. The law looks unkindly upon perjury (ask Bill Clinton). It looks equally unkindly upon sedition.
The smoking gun is Article II, Section 1, of the Constitution. He must recite this oath, “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States. (my bold)”
Nothing there about, “God told me to ignore it.” Nothing about how the supreme court, “…cannot overrule God”. And certainly, nary a word about, how the court cannot change what God has created.
Conversely, there is nothing in his public statements that square with the oath’s requirement to, “preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States” (unless he plans to defend his perjury and sedition charges with a temporary incompetence defense).
I’m not God, but from a Constitutional perspective, I think he has a very weak case.
- Mike Huckabee: The Supreme Court just issued ‘an out-of-control act of judicial tyranny’ (businessinsider.com)
- Mike Huckabee: Americans Should ‘Resist and Reject Judicial Tyranny’ After Supreme Court Same Sex Marriage Ruling (sunshinestatenews.com)
- ‘Criminalising Christianity’: Mike Huckabee says legalising same-sex marriage threatens religious liberty (christiantoday.com)
- Opinion vs. Fact (bishopcraig.com)
- GOP 2016 hopefuls sound off against gay marriage ruling (pbs.org)