Mike Huckabee is demanding that the governor of Arkansas call a special session of the state legislature for the sole purpose of impeaching a judge who overturned that state’s ban on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional. Along the way, he shows why he needs a lesson in civics.
Judge Chris Piazza, a circuit court judge in my home state of Arkansas, decided that he is singularly more powerful than the 135 elected legislators of the state, the elected Governor, and 75% of the voters of the state. Apparently he mistook his black robe for a cape and declared himself to be “SUPER LAWMAKER!”
Hey Mike, you know what this reminds me of? It reminds of when the Supreme Court didn’t overturn Obamacare and you were furious that those justices didn’t mistake their black robes for capes and overturn the actions of the 535 elected legislators and the elected president. Funny how your argument changes depending on whether you support the outcome. You’re all for judges overturning the actions of elected officials when you disagree with what they did. When you agree with what they did, it’s OMG TYRANNY!
I supported the 2004 Constitutional Amendment, Amendment 83. Once it passed, I took an oath to uphold it. So did Judge Piazza. He took the same oath. But he must have come to believe that his oath didn’t really mean anything. He must have come to believe the popularly held, but completely false notion that a judge can go beyond deciding something is unconstitutional, he can prescribe the remedy and even implement it. Sorry, judge, but I learned in 9th grade civics and from a reading of the US and Arkansas state constitution that we have 3 branches of government. And that the 3 of them are equal. The judicial branch is not the superior branch and cannot erase the will of the other 2.
The complete independence of the courts of justice is peculiarly essential in a limited Constitution. By a limited Constitution, I understand one which contains certain specified exceptions to the legislative authority; such, for instance, as that it shall pass no bills of attainder, no ex post facto laws, and the like. Limitations of this kind can be preserved in practice no other way than through the medium of courts of justice, whose duty it must be to declare all acts contrary to the manifest tenor of the Constitution void. Without this, all the reservations of particular rights or privileges would amount to nothing.
The comments on the article are exactly what you would expect:
He should definately (sic) be impeached. If he feels that way he needs to move to New York or California. Not here where MOST people srill (sic) love God and want to follow what He tells us in the Bible. Homosexuality is an abomination.
You want to follow what God tells you in the Bible? Go ahead. Don’t be gay.