Mike Huckabee is again pledging to defy the Supreme Court if they hand down a ruling in the next week legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide. And he says that liberals should support him because the Supreme Court might someday do something they don’t like too (duh, of course they will).
Terrible argument. First of all, the president refusing to comply with a Supreme Court ruling is emphatically not the same thing as civil disobedience by individuals. That should be obvious enough that it should need no explanation. And of course the Supreme Court is going to hand down rulings liberals don’t like, but if a president refused to comply with them you know damn well that Huckabee would not say “well, I’m fine with that because they might do something I don’t like someday too.” He would say “OMG FASCISM HITLER STALIN SATAN ANTICHRIST DEMONS THE WORLD IS COMING TO AN END.”
“Until the Congress of the United States puts on my desk a bill that basically defies the laws of Nature and Nature’s God and defies the longstanding tradition of marriage, the federal government will not recognize same-sex marriage because there is no law that requires it and that would be true for the military and it would be true for all federal institutions,” Huckabee said. “If the Congress decides that they want to pass enabling legislation, they could put it on my desk and I would veto it, and they can attempt to override it. That’s the process.”
Huckabee said that even his detractors should sympathize with his anti-gay-marriage stance: “If liberals were subjected to a conservative court that forced them to tithe their income to scripture or forced them to go to church or forced them to believe something that they don’t want to believe, they would say, ‘We can’t do that, that would go against our conscience.’ And I would say, ‘You are exactly right and we can’t have such a ruling. This is why I find this very unsettling is because liberals will rue the day when the sword they use to enact their agenda is the sword of the court rather than to do it by way of the people’s elected representatives.”
Let’s say the Supreme Court rules in the next few days that the subsidies for the federally-created health care exchanges are illegal and then Obama comes out and says that he will not comply with that ruling, he will continue to subsidize insurance policies secured in the federal marketplace. Is there anyone on the entire planet dumb enough to believe that Huckabee would take the same position he’s taking here? And why hasn’t a single person from the media asked him to answer that hypothetical?