Treason for Jesus? Arguing against marriage equality, GOP presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee claims as president he would not be bound by decisions issued by the Supreme Court if they violate commandments issued by the “Supreme Being.”
Huckabee, appearing on Fox News Sunday with host Chris Wallace, tried to argue that the president of the United States would not have to follow a potential Supreme Court ruling favorable to same-sex marriage because the Supreme Court was not the “Supreme Being.”
Speaking on Fox earlier today, Huckabee declared:
The Supreme Court is not the supreme branch. And for God’s sake, it’s not the Supreme Being.
In the interview, Fox News host Chris Wallace challenged Huckabee:
You seemed to indicate that as president, you wouldn’t necessarily obey court rulings, even the Supreme Court. We have operated under the principle of judicial review since the Marbury v. Madison case in 1803.
Judicial review is exactly what we have lived under; we have not lived under judicial supremacy. The Supreme Court can’t make a law; the legislature has to make it, the executive has to sign it and enforce it. The notion that the Supreme Court comes up with a ruling and that automatically subjects the two other branches to following it defies everything there is to equal branches of government.
Wallace pressed Huckabee, noting:
But sir, George Will, the conservative columnist pointed out back in 1957, another Governor of Arkansas, Orval Faubus decided to disregard and refuse to obey the ruling to desegregate schools. President Eisenhower had to call in the 101st airborne. Are you saying President Huckabee might decide he wasn’t going to obey the ruling on desegregation or President Nixon to turn over the tapes? That it’s up in the air whether you are going to obey the Supreme Court?
I want to get back to the main point. It’s a matter of balance of power. If the Supreme Court could just make a ruling and everybody has to bow down and fall on their faces and worship that law, it isn’t a law because it hasn’t been passed. What if the Supreme Court ruled they were going to make the decision as to who was going to be the next president and save the taxpayers and voter from all the expense and trouble of voting, and they’ll just pick a president. We would say, they can’t do that. Why can’t they do it? They can’t do it because it’s not in the law. We are sworn to uphold the Constitution and law. It has to be consistent and agreed upon with three branches of government. One can’t overrule the other two. That’s all I’m saying.
Huckabee is wrong, and demonstrates a distinct failure to grasp the most simple facts about the checks and balances of power between the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government.
The fact is, the executive branch can overrule the Congress by vetoing a bill, while the Supreme Court can overrule the Congress and Executive by striking down a law that does not comply with the constitution.
This is not the first time Huckabee has argued that the Supreme Court is subordinate to his God. Last April, speaking at the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, Huckabee made a similar argument, claiming that the Supreme Court could not overturn God on same-sex marriage:
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.
Bottom line: Even if we forget for a moment his theocratic tendencies and anti-gay bigotry in the name of Christ, Huckabee’s ignorance and disregard for the Supreme Court and the constitutional checks and balances baked into the U.S. Constitution are demonstration enough that he is simply not qualified to be president, or hold any other public office.
Watch the video below from Fox News’ Fox News Sunday, broadcast May 24, 2015 via Raw Story: