If Mike Huckabee becomes POTUS (God forbid!) all citizens will apparently be free to obey only the laws they agree with! Anti-discrimination laws, drug laws, tax laws, following the GOP presidential candidate’s logic, will all be subject to each individual’s whims. Ignoring or disobeying laws deemed by a citizen as unjust will carry no consequence. Cool! (Hey, wait, that sounds like a recipe for anarchy?)
Huckabee was interviewed yesterday morning by ABC News‘ George Stephanopoulos about his support for Kim Davis, the now-incarcerated Kentucky clerk who is refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples on religious grounds.
Governor Huckabee insisted…
“to say that we have to surrender to judicial supremacy is to do what Jefferson warned against, which is, in essence, surrender to judicial tyranny.
We had so many different presidents, including Jefferson, Jackson, Lincoln — there were other founders like Hamilton, Adams — who made it very clear that the courts can’t make a law. The Constitution is expressly clear that that’s a power reserved to Congress.
When the courts have a ruling, then it is incumbent on Congress to codify that into law and specifically delineate what that means. That hasn’t happened, George.”
Usually when the Supreme Court hands down a ruling, it becomes the law of the land –but in Huckabee’s world, that’s NOT how it should work.
He also refused to accept the idea that bans on same-sex marriage are similar to bans on interracial marriage, suggesting that same-sex couples who marry are redefining marriage. Huckabee didn’t weigh in on if women, when they were first allowed to vote, were “redefining voting”.
He said same-sex marriage is
“a very different equation altogether because this is a redefinition. Marriage is not defined in the federal Constitution at all; it’s a matter for the states. And applying the Fourteenth Amendment to the equality of men and women and their relationship in marriage is totally different than redefining marriage.
And I think what we’ve seen here is the overreach of the judiciary. This, if allowed to stand without any congressional approval, without any kind of enabling legislation, is what Jefferson warned us about. That’s judicial tyranny.”
Stephanopoulos then asked if Kim Davis has a “duty to obey a legal order from the court?”
“Well, you obey it if it’s right. So I go back to my question. Is slavery the law of the land? Should it have been the law of the land because Dred Scott said so? Was that a correct decision? Should the courts have been irrevocably followed on that? Should Lincoln have been put in jail? Because he ignored it.”
Stephanopoulos also noted that “the federal government now recognizes same-sex marriage for tax purposes. Health, Social Security and death benefits go to same-sex couples,” and asked, “would you resign rather than carry out those policies?” but Huckabee didn’t answer that one.